Barcelona ties consecutive wins record

Updated: January 29, 2011, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

ALICANTE, Spain -- Barcelona has won its 15th consecutive league game, tying the 50-year-old Spanish record set by Real Madrid.

Barcelona won 3-0 at Hercules on Saturday night, with Lionel Messi scoring twice in a three-minute span. The two-time FIFA player of the year scored in the 87th and 89th minutes, raising his season total to 37 goals, including 21 in the league. Pedro Rodriguez had the other goal.

Barcelona is 19-1-1, its only league loss a 2-0 decision at home to Hercules on Sept. 11. Barcelona opened a seven-point lead over second-place Real Madrid, which plays at Osasuna on Sunday.

Real Madrid won 15 straight games during the 1960-61 season. Barcelona can set the record when it hosts Atletico Madrid on Feb. 6.

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