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Messi scores twice as Barca coast past La Liga minnows Eibar

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Lionel Messi continued his impressive run by scoring two goals in Barcelona's 4-0 win over Eibar on Sunday, keeping his team unbeaten and maintaining a comfortable lead entering the final stretch of the Spanish league.

Messi scored with a great run in the 42nd and added a penalty in the 76th, giving Barcelona a provisional 11-point advantage over Atletico Madrid, which plays at Valencia later Sunday.

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Messi has scored 15 goals in the last 10 matches, and eight in the past four.

Munir El Haddadi opened the scoring in the eighth minute after a cross by Luis Suarez, who netted his league-leading 26th goal in the 84th.

It was Barcelona's 11th straight win in the league. The Catalan club hasn't lost in 36 consecutive games in all competitions.