Lionel Messi is undoubtedly a legendary football player in the recent time being and always his opponent on the ground used to think how to stop him. Atletico Madrid is not the different than them. But most disappointing fact is that Atletico Madrid could not stop 26 minutes free kick and Lionel Messi Nets 600th Career Goal at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Lionel Messi led the team Barcelona to victory against Atletico. Through the victory, Barcelona has moved ahead than Atletico to the title of La Liga this season.
In last Sunday night at Camp Nou, the team of Ernesto Valverde won the match by 1 – 0 goal. In the top league competition of Spain, by playing 27th match, Barcelona remains unbeaten till now which is a record.
Both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are on the race of La Liga title this season where Barcelona is standing on the top position and Atletico Madrid is in 2nd position. Just before the match, Barca was ahead of Atletico by 5 points. But since the beginning of the match, Barcelona started to play very aggressively but did not make any significant opportunities.
But in 26th minutes of the game, from 25 yards Lionel Messi took a speedy curve shot which was touched by the Atletico stopper Oblak but also found the net. So, Barca went ahead by then. Lionel Messi was fouled and so, they got the free kick.
In the ongoing season of La Liga, it was the 24th goal of the Argentine forward. Through the goal, he reached a big milestone which is he has scored 600 goals totally considering his club and national team.
Just two minutes later, the five times Ballon d’Or winner Messi fouled to the opponent Filipe Luis and seen a yellow card. In 34th minutes of the game, Coutinho and Suarez attacked jointly and the difference could increase. But at the end with the weak shot they lost the chance.
Just before the half time, Barcelona dominated the ground with ball possession and attacking statistics. They took nine shots and four of them were in the target. In return, Barcelona stopper Stegen did not give any exam. So, the first half finished with 1 – 0 goal.
Just after the break, the local team kept pressure to the opponent goal post. Sometimes, Atletico tried to return the attack but they failed to make it any significant numbers. Griezmann and Diego Costa scored seven goals in last two matches but against Barcelona, they were in the shadow.
In the 2nd half, Barcelona also did not create much opportunities. In 79th minutes of the game, Messi crossed the ball which was stopped by Oblak. However, Barcelona left the ground with victory finally. By playing 27 matches in the season, with 21st victory and six draw, they have achieved 69 points so far.
On the other hand, Atletico has 61 points and is in 2nd position. The defending champion Real Madrid is in 3rd position with 54 points.