MAD!!! Messi scores his 700th goal 🔥

Barcelona played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with visiting Atletico Madrid in an empty Nou Camp and further left their grip on the La Liga title shaky.
In a mouthwatering title race where every point is pivotal, 26 times La Liga winners and current holders came into the crunch match with third-placed Atletico Madrid needing nothing but the all-important 3 points to keep up the chase with rivals Real Madrid.
With a tougher run-in to the end of the season compared to rivals and current leaders Real Madrid, Barcelona figuratively shot themselves in the foot by dropping points in their last match against Celta Vigo, effectively giving Zinedine Zidane’s side an opportunity to increase the lead at the top of the table to 2 points from the previous head-to-head lead, an opportunity which the Galacticos gratefully pounced on via a lone win against Espanyol.
Barcelona opened the scoring through a comical own goal by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa who immediately had an opportunity to redeem himself and bring Atletico level and woefully fluffed the shot until the help of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ordered a retake which was duly converted by Spanish international Saul. In hindsight Costa had a first half to forget and manager Diego Simeone would have been forgiven if the thought of removing his divisive striker from the game flashed through his mind at halftime.
Barcelona started the second half like a house on fire though and a swift move from the right flank by right-back, Nelson Semedo forced a penalty (albeit a blatantly soft one) which mercurial talisman Lionel Messi deftly dispatched with ease, incidentally the 700th goal of his illustrious career. Like in the first half though, Atletico slowly grew back into the game and should have equalised but missed when the easier task was to score, notwithstanding though Atletico finally got rewarded for their hard work and persistence when they themselves got awarded a soft penalty which was dispatched once again by Saul.
Try as they did though, Barcelona couldn't break through the Atletico defence to get the all-important winner and were left with the pitiful realisation that their hopes of retaining the La Liga title is dependant on a massive capitulation by their rivals Real Madrid.

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