Lionel Messi hit a brace as Barcelona beat Zaragoza 3-1 to make the best ever start to a Liga season but Real Madrid kept in touch with a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona's forward Lionel Messi (R) scores during the Spanish league football match against Real Zaragoza at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. Messi continued his prolific scoring with a brace as Barcelona beat Zaragoza 3-1.
There were doubts that Tito Vilanova could take on the mantle left by Pep Guardiola this summer but he has proved himself in emphatic fashion with the team notching up eleven wins and a draw so far that leaves them six points clear at the top and eight ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid.
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