Barcelona 4-1 Las Palmas: Neymar hat trick keeps Barca in first place in La Liga

Barcelona remains in first place in La Liga after thumping Las Palmas on the road 4-1, behind a fantastic hat trick from Neymar. It was a match that Barca didn't wrap up until the second half, but the result was never really in doubt as Las Palmas lacked creativity and execution in the final third. Here's what to know.

Game-changing moment

Luis Suarez scored Barca's second just before the half-hour mark, and it proved to be the winner:

Neymar hat trick

Neymar hasn't had his scoring touch much of the season, with Lionel Messi and Suarez dominating the goal scoring. But the Brazilian wasn't going to be outdone on this day, scoring a fantastic hat trick. Here it is:

Neymar's first in the 25th minute:

Neymar's second in the 67th minute:

And the cheeky, rolled-in winner in the 71th minute:

What result means

It means Barca lives to fight another day. Still in first place, Barca isn't the favorite to win the league as it has just one more game left while Real Madrid has two. Barca plays its final match on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET against Eibar. 

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