Messi scores 2, Barcelona wins 4-1 win at Zaragoza

JOSEPH WILSON Associated Press Published:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored his 59th and 60th goals of the season to fuel Barcelona's fightback for a 4-1 win at 10-man Zaragoza as the defending champions stayed in the chase for a fourth straight Spanish league title on Saturday.

Zaragoza went ahead through Carlos Aranda's goal at the half-hour mark. But Carles Puyol quickly leveled for Barcelona and Messi grabbed the lead in the 39th.

Zaragoza played the second half with 10 men, and Messi scored a penalty in the 85th to become the first player to score 60 goals in a major European league since Gerd Mueller had 67 for Bayern Munich in 1972-73.

Barcelona's ninth consecutive league victory provisionally reduced league leader Real Madrid's advantage to three points before Valencia's visit on Sunday.