Messi makes a mighty big difference for Barca yet again

Sports | REUTERS 3 Dec 2019

Lionel Messi underlined his ability to make the difference on big occasions by hitting a sensational late goal to give Barcelona a 1-0 win at title rivals Atletico Madrid as the champions reclaimed top spot in La Liga.

Playing his 701st game for Barca, the Argentinian settled a pulsating encounter in the 86th minute, speeding down the right wing and cutting inside before playing a one-two with Luis Suarez and guiding the ball into a corner. It was Messi's 30th goal in 39 competitive games against Atletico and inflicted a first home defeat on Diego Simeone's side since February.

Barca now have 31 points from 14 games, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

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