Messi magic mesmerizes Atletico

Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game as La Liga leaders Barcelona defeated title hopefuls Atletico Madrid 1-0 at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 0
Messi free-kick breaks deadlock
Coutinho forces Oblak into reaction save
Busquets volley also saved by Oblak
Correa goal disallowed late on

Match Summary

Messi’s free-kick was enough to stretch Barca’s lead at the top of the table to eight points. The loss for Atleti is their first in five games and puts a real dent on their title ambitions.

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The hosts started the match the brighter of the two teams, forcing Diego Simeone’s side back into their own half.

At times it looked like a training session for the Catalan giants, but despite all their possession they failed to create any meaningful chances.

It took a moment of Messi magic to break the deadlock in the in the 26th minute. He curled a sensational free-kick into the top corner which beat a sprawling Jan Oblak in the visiting goal.

Ten minutes before the break the league leaders almost doubled their advantage. Messi played in Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian’s left-footed drive forced a reaction save from Oblak at his near post.

Atletico’s conservative approach coupled with Barca’s ability to keep the ball meant the visitors did not register a shot on goal in the first half.

Thirteen minutes from time the Blaugrana could have doubled their lead. A Messi corner from the right was met by a left-footed volley from Sergio Busquets, but Oblak stood firm to deny the midfielder.

With five minutes left on the clock, Madrid thought they had stolen a point when Angel Correa had the ball in the net only for the offside flag to punish Diego Costa, who had won the initial header.