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Messi Strike Gives Barca Victory over Atletico


Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 05:13 GMT

A late goal from Lionel Messi gave Barcelona a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday, December 1st.

The goal sends them back to the top of the table ahead of Real Madrid, who beat Deportivo Alaves by two goals to one on Saturday.

Antoine Griezmann, who made his first return to Atletico after his controversial move to Barcelona this summer, was booed throughout the game by the home fans.

Atletico dominated the game throughout the first half, but a poor finishing as well fantastic saves from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen kept the score at 0-0.

The German pulled of a wonder save to deny Mario Hermoso in the 22nd minute before saving Alvaro Morata’s header in the 39th minute.

Barcelona also went close just before the end of the first half as Gerard Pique headed against the cross bar following a corner.

Half time score: Atletico Madrid 0-0 Barcelona

The game was much more evenly matched in the second half, with both teams threatening to score.

Griezmann had an opportunity for a goal against his former club in the 69th minute but volleyed over from Luis Suarez’s cross.

The decisive goal finally came in the 85th minute, and it was Barca star Messi who made the difference. The Barcelona captain played a one-two with Suarez before striking in a low effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The goal was enough to give the Catalan side the victory in a tough away fixture.

Full time score: Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona

AFP reported that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted that Messi was the difference between the two sides.

"In matches that are close and intense, having Leo is always a big advantage," Valverde said.