Lionel Messi scored a penalty and missed one other as La Liga leaders Barcelona floor out an unconvincing 1-Zero win over Actual Valladolid, whereas Antoine Griezmann surpassed Fernando Torres together with his 130th purpose for Atletico Madrid.
Messi’s health was once more within the highlight on Saturday after a niggling thigh pressure in current weeks, however he accomplished the complete 90 minutes on the Camp Nou and hit the 30-goal mark at Barcelona for the 11th straight season.
The Argentine coolly dispatched a spot-kick simply earlier than half-time, drilling past the attain of Jordi Masip after Gerard Pique was bundled to the bottom by Valladolid midfielder Michel.
Masip brilliantly tipped over a Messi volley quickly after the interval and Luis Suarez wasted an enormous alternative to double the lead shortly after changing Kevin-Prince Boateng with an hour gone.
Messi discovered himself booked for dissent after an obvious foul on him went unpunished, and he then blew the possibility to kill off Valladolid when Masip saved out his second penalty of the night time — awarded following a visit on Philippe Coutinho.
The wonderful Masip alertly gathered Messi’s follow-up header and once more denied Suarez late on as Barca pulled seven factors away from Atletico forward of their journey to Lyon within the Champions League final 16.
“We’ve not performed effectively. The reality is it wasn’t a very good match immediately. The one good factor is the victory,” Pique, who made his 300th look in La Liga informed Movistar.
“Getting again on observe with three factors is essential after two attracts within the league. However we undoubtedly have to enhance. We now have to be higher on Tuesday in any other case we’ll have a troublesome time.”
Griezmann scored a second-half winner in Atletico’s 1-Zero victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano to offer a well timed enhance going into subsequent week’s showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.
The French ahead surpassed Torres — now taking part in for Sagan Tosu in Japan — for fifth all-time on the Atletico goalscoring charts as they shook off two successive defeats, together with final week’s 3-1 loss at house to Actual Madrid.
Griezmann struck for the tenth time in his final 11 outings, forcing house from six yards on 74 minutes after Alvaro Morata laid off a excessive, looping ball inside the world.
“Griezmann is a rare participant, he all the time adapts to what the crew wants. He is essential for us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone mentioned.
The late Luis Aragones, who coached Spain to the European Championship title in 2008, is Atletico’s file goalscorer with 172.
“It is all the time robust at this stadium. We began off effectively and we had probabilities within the first 15 minutes comparable to Saul’s header, however then they improved,” Simeone added.
“Our second half substitutions gave us extra offensive power and that allowed us to get our purpose. It was a really robust match.”
Actual Madrid, two factors behind Atletico in third, may transfer again into second and to inside six factors of Barca once they host Girona on Sunday.