Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona came back from behind to get one over Madrid, who were down to ten men.

Barca took a seventh-minute lead through Andres Iniesta before a Karim Benzema double and Messi's first of the night made it 2-2 at the break.
Cristiano Ronaldo put Madrid ahead from the penalty spot 10 minutes after halftime after he was tripped by Dani Alves and the match turned when home captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for tripping Neymar when he was through on goal in the 63rd.
Messi clipped home the resulting penalty to level at 3-3 and struck the winner from the spot six minutes from time after Iniesta was felled in the area.
With nine games left, Madrid have 70 points, level with city neighbours Atletico Madrid, who won 2-0 at bottom side Real Betis in the earlier kickoff, and one ahead of third-placed Barcelona.


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