Messi sets new record as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 to edge closer to winning La Liga

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Barcelona now 11 points clear at the top of the La Liga rankings after two late goals from Lionel Messi and Suarez broke Atletico’s resistance.

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi slot in brilliant goals to push Barcelona closer to their fifth La Liga title in seven years.

Luis Suarez celebrating his goal against Atletico

In the 27th minute, Diego Costa was given a straight red card after he abused referee Jesus Gil Manzano. Atletico goalie Jan Oblak was outstanding, making fantastic saves to prevent Barca from going ahead.

However, with five minutes left on the clock, Uruguay and ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, bent a low shot past Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak from 25 yards.

Luis Suarez bends a low shot past Oblak from 25 yards (1-0)

60 seconds after, Messi got a long pass from the right, he ran forward cutting inside two Atletico defenders and slot it past Oblak with a low shot, raising his goal tally in the league to 33.

Lionel Messi cuts inside two defenders slotting the ball past Oblak (2-0)

Once again, Diego Simeone’s side were highly organized, and it has required after Diego Costa was sent off for his ill discipline. The former Chelsea striker confronted the referee for not giving his side an advantage and was given a straight red card. Several players got involved but it was Barcelona’s Gerard Pique that ensured Costa left the pitch before making things worse.

Costa sees red for his mis-conduct

Early into the game, Barcelona left-back Jordi Alba’s strike hit the post after receiving a glorious pass from Argentine sensation Messi. Oblak also did well to prevent Philippe Coutinho, Messi and Malcom. In total, he made eight saves.

The only real chance Atletico had came from Rodrigo as he headed a free-kick over the bar with fifteen minutes left. However, Suarez and Messi found the back of the net to leave Diego Simeone’s side in a fight for second place with city rivals Real Madrid.

With this win, Lionel Messi sets a new record after winning more La Liga games than any other player in history. He took his tally to 335 wins surpassing that of former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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