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Barcelona's teenage star Ansu Fati set another scoring record on Sunday when he became the youngest player to get two goals in a Spanish league game.
Fati struck from a pair of passes by Lionel Messi to help Barcelona beat Levante 2-1, keeping the defending champions within three points of leaders Real Madrid.
Fati got his record brace at the age of 17 years, 94 days. That beat the previous mark established by then Malaga striker Juan Miguel Jimenez in 2010 at 17 years, 115 days.
"I have watched (Messi) for many years and to play next to him is a dream come true," Fati said. "I have to thank my teammates and my coach. My teammates have made it easy since the first day I came into the changing room."
The Guinea-Bissau striker's latest feat adds to the string of milestones already achieved this season.
Fati became the youngest player to score for Barcelona in the league at the age of 16 years, 304 days, in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna on August 31. Two weeks later he became the youngest player to score at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium in a 5-2 rout of Valencia. On December 10, he became the youngest player to score in a Champions League match in a 2-1 win at Inter Milan.
On Sunday, Fati opened the scoring for hosts Barcelona in the 30th minute after Messi drifted back into the midfield circle and placed a perfectly weighted pass to connect with a run behind the defence. Fati did the rest by fending off Jorge Miramon before slotting a right-footed shot between the legs of goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.
A minute later the teenager switched to his left foot to fire in a second goal after Messi found him on the left side of the box.
They were Fati's fourth and fifth goals of the season. He has taken a place in Barcelona's starting lineup with Luis Suarez unavailable after right knee surgery.
Barcelona had reportedly tried to sign Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno last month but if Fati keeps up his scoring contributions that might not bother the club too much.
"(Fati) is having a breakout season and has great potential," Barcelona coach Quique Setien said. "Today he made history with two goals but he also helped the team in many other ways. He has a very promising future."
Ruben Rochina got one back for Levante in stoppage time.
Getafe won 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao to rise to third, moving ahead of Sevilla who drew 1-1 at home with Alaves.
Damian Suarez opened the scoring for Getafe in the 36th minute and striker Jaime Mata doubled the lead five minutes after half-time.
Some Sevilla fans jeered their team with the draw coming three days after being eliminated from Copa del Rey's round of 16 by second-division Mirandes.