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Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Espanyol's Didac Vila in Barcelona Spain on Dec 8 2018

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Espanyol's Didac Vila in Barcelona Spain on Dec 8 2018

The Argentine opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a wonderful free-kick, with the ball looped into the top right-corner.

Ousmane Dembele doubled Barca's lead with a curling finish before Luis Suarez made it 3-0 from a tight angle.

Espanyol were better in the second half and made it a highly competitive affair, however, they conceded another as Messi once again showed his free kick mastery with a precise effort that flew into the other top corner.

Espanyol defender Oscar Duarte fouled the Barcelona playmaker 25 yards out in a central position.

Lionel Messi celebrates against Espanyol (Joan Monfort/AP).

Less than one minute later, Barcelona hit the post again, with Messi heading against the woodwork after Espanyol stopper Diego Lopez had excellently denied Ivan Rakitic from close range.

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The majority of Marc Andre Ter Stegen's evening was similar to that of the spectators, however, the Germany global did come into action at times.

Espanyol went looking for a lifeline at the start of the second half, but Barcelona remained unsafe on the break.

The France global winger is into just his second season at Camp Nou, but questions continue to be asked of his ongoing presence.

The World Cup victor has scored eight times so far this season as Barca sit three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Baptistao then headed into the arms of Ter Stegen in the final moments as the match ended 4-0, with Barcelona far too strong for their rivals on the night.

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