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Messi reaches 50-goal mark, Suarez nets hat trick as Barcelona routs Cordoba 8-0

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BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez netted a hat trick while Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season in all competitions as Barcelona routed last-place Cordoba 8-0 on Saturday to provisionally extend its lead of the Spanish league.

Barcelona opened up a five-point gap over Real Madrid before the second-place side visits Sevilla later, while Cordoba's 17th round without a win confirmed the team's relegation.

PHOTO: Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, top right, celebrates scoring his goal with teammates  during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cordoba and FC Barcelona at El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba, Spain, Saturday May 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)
Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic, top right, celebrates scoring his goal with teammates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Cordoba and FC Barcelona at El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba, Spain, Saturday May 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

Messi played Ivan Rakitic clear to start the rout in the 42nd minute, and Suarez got his first goal in first-half injury time.

Dani Alves crossed for Messi and Suarez to add two headed goals before Gerard Pique netted a header of this own.

Messi, Neymar and Suarez then polished off the demolition.

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