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La Liga week 25 review: Barcelona back on top

Lionel Messi

Bengaluru, February 26: La Liga week 25 saw some high-octane action with Barcelona's 5-0 win over Eibar coupled with Levante's shock victory over Real Madrid seeing the blaugrana move to top of the table.

Lionel Messi's four-goal haul ensures that Quique Setien's men will travel to the capital for El Clasico next weekend with a two-point cushion at the top of the table.

The weekend's results not only put Barcelona top of the La Liga standings, but also mean that the blaugrana now lead Spanish football's all-time goals scored rankings.

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In total, Barcelona have now netted 6,151 LaLiga goals to Real Madrid's 6,150.

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With MSL Media inputs, looks at some of the other highlights of La Liga week 25.

Another injury for Hazard

Another injury for Hazard

Eden Hazard returned from a three-month layoff with an ankle injury just last week but limped off in the second half of Real's tie against Levante after re-injuring the ankle.

He is now set for another extended lay-off and will miss both the UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City and El Clasico this coming weekend.

Braithwaite makes impact

Braithwaite makes impact

Barcelona's emergency new signing Martin Braithwaite made an instant impact after coming on as a substitute on his blaugrana debut.

The Dane set up Lionel Messi for Barcelona's fourth after coming on as 72nd-minute substitute for Antoine Griezmann before seeing his shot saved and turned in by Arthur Melo for the fifth. Setien will hope that Briathwaite can continue to contribute meaningfully as the season reaches its climax in the coming months.

Eibar vs Sociedad rescheduled

Eibar vs Sociedad rescheduled

After Eibar and Real Sociedad's Matchday 24 meeting was postponed due to concerns over the air quality in the region following a nearby fire, a new date has now been set.

The two Basque sides will now go up against each other at Ipurua at 8pm local time March 10.

Save the date

Save the date

The kick-off time for the long-awaited second Seville derby (El Gran Derbi) of the season has been set for March 15 at 9pm local time at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

The teams clashed at the Benito Villamarin earlier in the season with Sevilla claiming a 2-1 win. Both teams are still in contention for a European spot, so the derby will take on even more importance next month.

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Story first published: Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 11:29 [IST]
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