Sunday, 26 February 2017

La Liga : Lionel Messi's late winner blow Title Race wide open.

              Lionel Messi and Rafinha scored in a victory against Athletico Madrid.

Messi scored 20th goal of a season in La Liga. This is Messi's 400th win in Barcelona shirt.

              Once again Lionel Messi scored late goal and gave 3 points to Barcelona and keep title race alive. Athletico Madrid had many chances in first half but pique , Umtitti and Ter Stegen denied all Ath. Madrid effort. First Barcelona had same possession as opposing team.


              3' minute ,  A nice flowing move down the right starts with Gameiro, who knocks it back for the cross to come in to Carrasco at the far post, who ghosts clear of his man but makes a hash of his chance from six yards out.



              17' minute , another Chance for Athletico Madrid , umtitti made a mistake , Gameiro hit a low accurate shot but it was saved by Ter Stegen.



              26' minute Pique gives the ball away 30 yards from goal and Atleti quickly play it to Griezmann.The Frenchman takes a touch, looks up and then fires in a shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies towards the top corner but Ter Stegen makes the save at full stretch.    



               30' minute , Messi and Neymar combine well first time in a game. Messi's shot blocked by Oblak , rebound taken by Suarez and he put a ball into a net , but goal disallowed due to hand ball made by Suarez.


                 
                38' minute Messi's super curl free kick saved by Oblak , A great save by Athletico goal keeper. Messi curls it towards the top corner, from left to right, and Oblak plucks it out of the air to turn it over. From the corner, the ball comes out to Umtitti, who slashes it high and wide.



                43' minute , once again Oblak came in a rescue for Athletico Madrid. Neymar's corner went to Pique which headed a ball very well but it was denied by Oblak.


                49' minute , A wonderful chance for Barca , Saurez won a ball from savic , Suarez passed a baall to Messi , Messi gave it back to Suarez beautifully , Suarez had a great chance to put a ball into a net but he put a ball just wide.



                52' minutes , Ter Stegen makes two great saves in quick succession. First from Girezmann and then from Gameiro. The Frenchman in particular really should have done better. The ball fell to him in the box but be was slow taking his shot and by the time he did the angle was tight.



                64' minute , Goal Barcelona - Rafinha , Athletico defence failed to clear ball , Messi runs hard at the Barca defence, and plays it forward to Rafinha, his shot is blocked, but it comes back to Barca and Rafinha is played in on the right of the area after Suarez shot ricochets back to him and his shot low into the corner.



               70' minute , Goal Athletico Madrid - Godin ,Busquet fouled Filipe Luis on the left , Free kick went to Ath. Madrid. Koke's wonderful free kick slightly glanced by Godin's header at far post , no Chance for Ter Stegen to stop it.


               
                86' minute , Goal Barcelona Messi , once again Messi step up for Barcelona , Umtitti passed a ball to Messi , Messi shots a ball but it was blocked but he reached first to ball and sent a ball low into the corner.



                 

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