Messi continues goal glut

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Updated: March 11, 2012

Lionel Messi’s astonishing recent goal glut continued when he struck twice in a 2-0 win for Barcelona at struggling Racing Santander on Sunday that cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to 10 points.

The Argentine World Player of the Year took his tally to 13 goals in his last five games for Barca, including a record five in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen.

With 12 matches left, Real have 70 points with champions Barca on 60. Valencia dropped further behind the leaders in third on 44 points after they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Real Mallorca earlier on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid and Espanyol climbed to seventh and eighth respectively after home wins against Granada and Rayo Vallecano.

Defender Miranda and striker Radamel Falcao scored in a 2-0 win for Atletico, while Nigerian forward Kalu Uche grabbed a hat-trick in Espanyol’s 5-1 drubbing of Rayo.