MADRID: Lionel Messi celebrates the birth of her second child with coming off the bench to score the winner as Barcelona came from behind to claim a major victory away 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Real Madrid remain two points behind Barca in the top of the table after Cristiano Ronaldo became the top scorer in the league with five goals in a 6-0 defeat by Espanyol’s all-time club. Messi started on the bench with the missed training on Friday to attend the birth, a day after returning from Argentina international service. However, it remained to make the decisive contribution as he carelessly fired home the winner 11 minutes from time after Neymar had canceled both initial Fernando Torres.
“I’m happy to win the game and especially on goal. It was important to equalize quickly.”
Atletico boss Diego Simeone lamented the overall performance of your computer, but not surprised to see his compatriot once again make the difference.
“Messi was the difference when he was on the pitch,” Simeone said.
“He is a player that is used to convert the game and did again today.”
Even without Messi, Barca was the dominant side from the start in Ivan Rakitic forcing Calderon Jan Oblak at the first serious save the game with a powerful shot from a tight angle.
Torres was again chosen ahead of Jackson Martinez in the attack for Atletico caught their best chance of the first half when the hosts broke the pressure on Javier Mascherano.
Barca suffered a blow when Thomas Vermaelen was forced off with a calf injury.