Lionel Messi scored his 700th profession objective for membership and nation however Atletico Madrid got here again to attract 2-2 and extra dent Barcelona’s identify hopes.
In a compelling come across, Diego Costa inadvertently redirected a nook by way of Messi into his personal web (11) ahead of Saul Niguez scored from the spot (18) after Costa had at the beginning had his effort stored by way of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen nevertheless it was once ordered to be retaken because the goalkeeper was once off his line.
Messi’s second got here in the second one length when scoring his landmark objective with a Panenka penalty (50) previous Jan Oblak that means he is now scored 630 membership targets to move with 70 for Argentina.
However, Atletico gained the 3rd penalty of the fit mins later when Yannick Carrasco was once tripped by way of Nelson Semedo and Saul almost about beat Ter Stegen from 12 yards.
Barcelona’s 3rd attract 4 fits leaves them in 2d position, one level in the back of Real, who’ve the danger to open up a 4-level lead in opposition to Getafe on Thursday with 5 extra fits closing.
How Barca slipped up once more…
After an finish-to-finish get started, Barcelona opened the scoring on 11 mins when Costa misjudged a fierce Messi nook on the close to publish and deflected it previous Oblak.
Costa’s night time were given worse in a while after when his penalty – gained by way of Carrasco, who drew a nasty from Arturo Vidal – was once blocked by way of Ter Stegen. However, confusion reigned when the referee requested for it to be retaken with replays sooner or later appearing that the goalkeeper was once quite off his line when denying Costa’s susceptible spot kick.
Saul stepped up as a substitute of Costa and transformed to degree the ratings.
Messi clipped the publish with a curling effort ahead of the spoil because it gave the impression his stay up for objective quantity 700 would move on however he would sooner or later take centre level.
He restored the hosts lead on 56 mins by way of coolly scoring a penalty within the Panenka taste after Semedo was once clipped by way of Felipe.
Perhaps the celebrations surrounding Messi’s landmark strike took Barcelona’s eye of the ball as Atletico have been fast to respond. The pace of ahead Carrasco led to the hosts but extra issues as he was once clipped by way of Semedo when charging into the field.
Ter Stegen guessed the best approach for Saul’s penalty nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to stay it out.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Sevilla boosted their possibilities of qualifying for the Champions League by way of beating suffering Leganes 3-zero clear of house to tighten their grip on fourth position in La Liga and ship their warring parties tumbling nearer to relegation.
Midfielder Oliver Torres scored two times ahead of the period to offer Julen Lopetegui’s aspect keep watch over whilst ahead Munir El Haddadi rounded off the scoring past due directly to crown Sevilla’s first win in 5 fits, having drawn their ultimate 4 fixtures.
The victory took fourth-positioned Sevilla onto 57 issues after 33 video games, 5 forward of Getafe in 5th, even though the Madrid aspect have a sport in hand.
Leganes, in the meantime, edged nearer to being relegated for the primary time since achieving the highest flight in 2016 as they’re 9 issues from escaping the relegation zone with simplest 15 issues left to battle for.
Earlier on Tuesday, Real Mallorca breathed lifestyles into their La Liga survival hopes by way of thrashing Celta Vigo 5-1 in a relegation tussle, incomes victory for the primary time for the reason that season returned after the coronavirus stoppage.