Magical Messi reaches another milestone as Barca see off Athletico Madrid.
On 4th March 2018, Athletico Madrid travelled to the Camp Nou to face La Liga leaders Barcelona. Barcelona who had drawn 3 of their last 5 La Liga fixtures saw their lead cut down to only 5 points ahead of their crucial encounter against Athletico Madrid.
If Barca lose the title race would be open again with the lead being of just 2 points. But Barcelona and in particular Lionel Messi had other plans. The Argentine scored from a long range free kick to give Barca 3 points and take their lead to 8 points.
Messi Scored the only goal in the match from a free kick, it also was his 600th Goal. The Argentine achieved this feat in the 26th Minute after he struck a free kick past Jan Oblak.
The match was dominated by Barca with Athletico just landing one shot on target. Though Athletico played well in the second half Messi proved to be the difference.
Simeone said ” Messi was the difference. there is nothing we can do about him. If he was in our team we would have won 1-0. he proved to be the difference. we played a good game”
Barcelona Legend Andres Iniesta suffered a ligament injury and was taken off in 48th minute. the extent of the injury remains to be seen.
Watch the match highlights here.