Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Barcelona thrashed rivals Espanyol in the Catalan derby to create a 4-point lead at the top of La Liga.

This was after Real Madrid’s slip up against Levante.

The Argentinian scored twice in the first half to give his team the lead despite Espanyol's good start, and he added to his tally after the break.

Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez completed the rout to make an embarassing final score.

Barcelona’s record signing, Ousmane Dembele later came on for his debut, replacing Gerard Deulofeu.

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Dembele got his first assist in a Barcelona shirt with a raking ball across, which Luis Suarez tucked away for the fifth in the 90th minute.

Real Madrid lost two points after a 1-1 home draw against Levante in the third round of La Liga football championship at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday.

Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo was sent off in the 89th minute for aggressive behavior.

It was Madrid’s second draw in three matches after they were held 2-2 by Valencia in the previous match at the Santiago Bernabeu.