1st placed Barcelona played against mid-table Deportivo last night.
With title rivals Real Madrid having beaten Celta by 2 goals to nil, Barca had to respond well.
Full-back Jordi Alba, young striker Christian Tello and Lionel Messi all scored for Barca in the first 18 minutes.
|Thank you: Full-back Jordi Alba celebrates his opener against Deportivo|
|Magic Messi: Lionel Messi celebrates his 1st goal of the night with Cesc Fabregas.|
Pizzi scored for Deportivo to make it 3-1 in the 20th minute from the penalty spot.
In the 37th minute, Deportivo scored again thanks to Bergantinos, before Messi made it 4-2 in the 43rd minute.
|Best in the world: Lionel Messi scores his second to make it 4-2 just before half-time.|
Messi capped off his 21st hat-trick for Barca in the 77th minute, before Alba scored an own goal to make the score 5-4.
|Brilliance: Messi chips the goalkeeper to score his 3rd of the night against Deportivo.|
Real Madrid are in 4th place, 8 points BEHIND the Liga BBVA leaders.
Here is the full Liga BBVA Table: