Lionel Messi scored his 700th profession aim for membership and nation however Atletico Madrid got here again to attract 2-2 and additional dent Barcelona’s title hopes.
In a compelling encounter, Diego Costa inadvertently redirected a nook by Messi into his personal web (11) earlier than Saul Niguez scored from the spot (18) after Costa had initially had his effort saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen but it surely was ordered to be retaken because the goalkeeper was off his line.
Messi’s second got here within the second interval when scoring his landmark aim with a Panenka penalty (50) previous Jan Oblak that means he is now scored 630 membership targets to go along with 70 for Argentina.
Nevertheless, Atletico received the third penalty of the match minutes later when Yannick Carrasco was tripped by Nelson Semedo and Saul nearly beat Ter Stegen from 12 yards.
Barcelona’s third attract 4 matches leaves them in second place, one level behind Actual, who’ve the possibility to open up a four-point lead towards Getafe on Thursday with 5 extra matches remaining.
How Barca slipped up once more…
After an end-to-end begin, Barcelona opened the scoring on 11 minutes when Costa misjudged a fierce Messi nook on the close to put up and deflected it previous Oblak.
Costa’s evening bought worse shortly after when his penalty – received by Carrasco, who drew a foul from Arturo Vidal – was blocked by Ter Stegen. Nevertheless, confusion reigned when the referee requested for it to be retaken with replays ultimately displaying that the goalkeeper was barely off his line when denying Costa’s weak spot kick.
Saul stepped up as a substitute of Costa and transformed to degree the scores.
Messi clipped the put up with a curling effort earlier than the break because it appeared his watch for aim quantity 700 would go on however he would ultimately take centre stage.
He restored the hosts lead on 56 minutes by coolly scoring a penalty within the Panenka model after Semedo was clipped by Felipe.
Maybe the celebrations surrounding Messi’s landmark strike took Barcelona’s eye of the ball as Atletico had been fast to answer. The pace of ahead Carrasco triggered the hosts but extra issues as he was clipped by Semedo when charging into the field.
Ter Stegen guessed the precise manner for Saul’s penalty but it surely wasn’t sufficient to maintain it out.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Sevilla boosted their possibilities of qualifying for the Champions League by beating struggling Leganes 3-Zero away from residence to tighten their grip on fourth place in La Liga and ship their opponents tumbling nearer to relegation.
Midfielder Oliver Torres scored twice earlier than the interval to provide Julen Lopetegui’s aspect management whereas ahead Munir El Haddadi rounded off the scoring late on to crown Sevilla’s first win in 5 matches, having drawn their final 4 fixtures.
The victory took fourth-placed Sevilla onto 57 factors after 33 video games, 5 forward of Getafe in fifth, though the Madrid aspect have a recreation in hand.
Leganes, in the meantime, edged nearer to being relegated for the primary time since reaching the highest flight in 2016 as they’re 9 factors from escaping the relegation zone with solely 15 factors left to battle for.
Earlier on Tuesday, Actual Mallorca breathed life into their La Liga survival hopes by thrashing Celta Vigo 5-1 in a relegation tussle, incomes victory for the primary time for the reason that season returned after the coronavirus stoppage.
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