Saturday, 12 September 2015

Barca Beat Athletico To Continue Their 100% unbeaten Start to The Liga

The Argentine attacker was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up but came on to hit the winner and is unlikely to be excluded again any time soon by coach Luis Enrique

Lionel Messi has done it again. Surprisingly left on the bench after the birth of his second son on Friday,Barcelona's brilliant Argentine came on to do what he does best as he pulled out a goal and a vital victory for Luis Enrique's side.
It was anything but easy. Without Claudio Bravo, Dani Alves and Gerard Pique in their starting line-up and missing Messi as well from the outset, Barca were the better team in the first half but were unable to make it count.

Luis Suarez hit the bar from close range, while Fernando Torres blasted over at the end. Barca also saw two penalty appeals turned down as referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz deemed handballs in the Atleti area not to be deliberate.

Torres then raced away to give the Rojiblancos the lead early in the second half, but Neymar levelled with a fantastic free-kick and moments later, Messi came on for Ivan Rakitic. The momentum was very much with Barca.

Luis Enrique's men continued to dominate and Messi made the difference with a fine finish after 77 minutes to bail out Barca and save his coach some complicated questions after the match.