Lionel Messi’s 87th-minute goal has momentarily fired Barcelona to the top of La Liga as the Catalan giants secured a nervy 2-1 win over stubborn Atletico Madrid, as Rafinha and Diego Godin also scored in the clash at the Vicente Calderón.
The home side neglected to benefit as much from their openings and Barca developed into proceedings, debilitating Atletico with a couple fine opportunities of their own towards the finish of the half.
Diego Godin had apparently rescued Atletico a draw 20 minutes from the end, but tireless Messi broke the hosts’ hearts with a late strike to make Diego Simeone’s men mourn their missed chances and put Barca top of the table
Barcelona now lead Real Madrid and Sevilla by two points. Madrid, though, has two games in hand on their title rivals, the first of which comes later on Sunday at Villarreal.
Barca’s three points secured in a standout amongst the most troublesome home grounds in Spanish football has taken Barcelona’s count to 54 points, two more than Real Madrid.