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Football: Sanchez hat-trick returns Barca to La Liga summit

Published on Jan 6, 2014 6:02 AM
 
Barcelona's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona v Elche CF at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Jan 5, 2014. Sanchez hit a treble as Barcelona swept aside Elche 4-0 to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference ahead of Atletico Madrid on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Alexis Sanchez hit a treble as Barcelona swept aside Elche 4-0 to return to the top of La Liga on goal difference ahead of Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Showing no sign of missing injured Lionel Messi and rested Neymar, Barca took an early lead through Sanchez and Pedro made it 2-0 after 15 minutes.

Xavi Hernandez missed a penalty at the start of the second half before Sanchez added another and completed his hat-trick with a free kick.

Barca and Atletico Madrid, who beat Malaga on Saturday, both have 49 points, eight more than third-placed Real Madrid who face Celta Vigo on Monday.

 
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