Barcelona v Atletico Madrid – Story of the Match
Barca’s title charge continues.
Lionel Messi’s 600th career goal sank Atletico Madrid 1-0 and ensured Barcelona stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
The Argentinian struck with a trademark free-kick as Barca edged past their nearest rivals to take a huge stride towards regaining the La Liga title.
Atletico had clawed back the the lead to just five points but could not secure the victory which would have reduced the deficit to two.
Tweet of the match
Messi has just struck another 25 yard freekick into the top corner. He’s so predictable.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2018
Star man – Lionel Messi
This was by no means a vintage Barcelona performance but Messi still won it for them with a moment of brilliance.
Moment of the match
Messi scored his 600th goal to beat Atletico and surely clinch La Liga for @FCBarcelona. If he were just a goal scorer it would be astonishing, but the fact he’s also the best dribbler I’ve ever seen and as good a passer as I’ve ever seen makes him the best I’ve ever seen. 🐐— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 4, 2018
Messi had already tried one sighter straight into the wall, so when he stepped up for a second time 25 yards the crowd sensed something special was coming. Messi did not disappoint with a stunning free-kick into the top corner.
Messi scored his first, 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th career goals for Barcelona.
Two unsuccessful dribbles, zero shots and a few tame backward passes from Costa. pic.twitter.com/ONMySx0s3P— Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) March 4, 2018
Barcelona: Ter Stegen 6 (out of 10), Roberto 6, Pique 6, Umtiti 6, Alba 7, Busquets 6, Iniesta 6, Rakitic 7, Messi 8, Suarez 6, Coutinho 7. Subs: Gomes (for Iniesta, 35) 6, Paulinho (for Coutinho, 84) 5.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak 7, Vrsaljko 5, Gimenez 6, Godin 6, Luis 5, Saul 5, Thomas 6, Gabi 5, Koke 5, Costa 4, Griezmann 5. Subs: Angel Correa (for Vrsaljko, 59) 6, Gameiro (for Gabi, 66) 5, Hernández (for Luis, 75) 5.
Who’s up next?
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