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Messi scores in 18th straight league game

Updated: March 17, 2013, 6:14 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi extended his Spanish league scoring streak record to 18 games, getting two goals to move into seventh place on the La Liga career list and lead Barcelona over visiting Rayo Vallecano 3-1 Sunday.

Messi set up David Villa for Barcelona's opener in the 25th minute, and Villa returned the favor in the 40th. Messi made it 3-0 in the 57th with a delicate chip, his league-leading 42nd goal this season and 55th overall.

With his 19th multigoal game this season, ...

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