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FC Barcelona News: 7 December 2016; Barca Hammer Borussia Monchengladbach, Javier Mascherano Reaches Milestone

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FC Barcelona v Borussia Mönchengladbach: Group stage sealed in style (4-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona put in a dominant display at home to Borussia Monchengladbach to end the Champions League group stage on a high with a goal from Leo Messi and a hat-trick from Arda Turan in a 4-0 win. With first place in the group already wrapped up, Barça took a morale-boosting win at the Camp Nou after three straight draws in all competitions.

Hat-trick in 17 minutes for Arda Turan | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan recorded his first ever hat-trick as a Barça player on Tuesday and, even more impressively, he managed the feat in just 17 minutes. Between minutes 50 and 67, the Turkish international beat Borussia Mönchengladbach keeper Yann Sommer on no less than three occasions, adding to the goal he scored against the same side in Germany when Barça took all three points in their first meeting in the group stage.

Luis Enrique: The players were quick and precise | FC Barcelona
The manager said that "the team was good throughout the game, despite going up against a very closed opponent". He also called described his players as being "quick and precise" which was much to his liking, and stated that "the quick and accurate circulation (of the ball) was key".

By the numbers: FC Barcelona 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach | FC Barcelona
Arda Turan scored his first hat-trick in a Barça shirt, and the Turk only took 17 minutes to do it. He also laid up Leo Messi’s goal and was a fitting choice for the man of the match award. Arda became the sixth Barça player to net three in a UCL era match, following on from Messi (7), Rivaldo, Eto'o, Ronaldinho and Neymar.

Leo Messi draws level with Eusebio for number of goals with the same club | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has no limits. He demonstrates it game after game, goal after goal, seemingly rewriting history as each ball he strikes hits the back of the net. His latest achievement is thanks to his goal against against Borussia Mönchengladbach, as the Argentine now has 473 official goals, drawing level in fourth place with the legendary Portuguese striker Eusebio (Benfica) for most number of goals scored at the same club.

Javier Mascherano: The victory strengthens us to continue fighting for titles | FC Barcelona
The 4-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou brought positive vibes back to the squad after a run of three winless games. Javier Mascherano, who was making his 300th appearance for Barça, said after the game that he wants to "play more matches and win titles" and expressed his happiness at being at the club.

300 up for Javier Mascherano | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano made his 300th appearance in a Barça shirt on Tuesday in the Champions League group stage clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Argentine international reaches the milestone some six years after his debut for the blaugranes which came in a 2-0 home defeat at Camp Nou in a league game against Hércules.

Nine from FC Barcelona B join Wednesday training | FC Barcelona
Barça returned to the training ground on Wednesday morning after the 4-0 victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach the night before. Because despite ending the Champions League in such spectacular fashion, there is the no-small matter of a trip to Pamplona this Saturday at 1.00pm CET, where the Catalans will be looking to make up for lost Liga ground after a run of three consecutive draws.

Juliano Belletti, FC Barcelona representative at Chapecó | FC Barcelona
Juliano Belletti, who played for Barça between 2004 and 2007, represented the club at Chapecó last weekend. Belletti went to the Brazilian city as a FC Barcelona ambassador and was there for the commemorative events for the victims of the plane crash in Colombia. Unfortunately, the Chapecoense squad were on board this flight on the 28 November. Belletti was in touch with the Brazilian club's directors and also spoke to the fans, friends and family of the victims.

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