Atlético Madrid v Barcelona: La Liga – as it happened

Lionel Messi struck late on again to give Barça a 2-1 victory and punish Atlético for failing to capitalise on their first-half dominance at the Vicente Calderón

5.37pm GMT

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So Barcelona are back on top, for a few hours at least, and it should put the pressure on Real Madrid going into their match at Villarreal later. They were rarely fluent, but were the better side in the second half, capitalising on Atletico’s defensive uncertainties and their first-half profligacy. Diego Simeone’s side really should have done more with their early pressure, when they bossed Barca physically and tactically. And they learnt – for the umpteenth time – that Messi can determine even those games in which he’s peripheral, as he was for the first hour or so here. This title race remains wide open, even if Atlético might end up focusing on the Champions League now. That’s all for me now. Thanks for your company and comments. Bye.

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