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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

Star man – Lionel Messi

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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 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.

Data point

Messi scored his first, 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, 500th and 600th career goals for Barcelona.

Player ratings

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?

Malaga v Barcelona (LaLiga, Mar 10)

Atletico Madrid v Lokamotiv Moscow (Europa League, Mar 8)

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