Two for Messi in empty Camp Nou
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Lionel Messi scored two second-half goals as Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 3-0 for its seventh straight Spanish league victory in a game played behind closed doors amid the disputed referendum over Catalonia's independence yesterday.
Sergio Busquets opened the scoring with a header early in the second half. Messi added his goals seven minutes apart toward the end of the game at the empty Camp Nou, Europe's largest stadium with a capacity of nearly 100,000.
The victory gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which defeated visiting Malaga 2-0 on Saturday.
Third-place Atletico Madrid could not manage more than a 0-0 draw at Leganes, dropping six points behind Barcelona.
Defending champion Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0.