It’s an empty Camp Nou that hosted Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal Tuesday night, the 33rd day of La Liga and the visit of Atlético de Madrid. But the Blaugranas, forced to draw (2-2), may have said goodbye to the title of champion at the same time …
For the past few days, the Spanish press has been enjoying it. The FC Barcelona would go through an unprecedented crisis, the fault mainly of an open fracture between Quique Setien and his staff on one side, and the old briscards of the locker room on the other, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique on your mind.
The results do not follow, and the socios obviously hoped for a start from their protégés this Tuesday evening, on the occasion of the 33rd Liga lifting and the shock against the ’Atlético de Madrid. Except that, the Blaugranas’ level of play does not allow them today to durably dominate their opponents, what is more when it comes to a quality opposition like that proposed by the troupe of Diego Simeone. However, twice, the Catalans have led to the scoreboard …
The “La Pulga” panenka
First there was this unfortunate csc of Diego Costa (1-0, 11th), quickly erased by a penalty, work by Saul Niguez (1-1, 19th). The Spanish international has managed to deceive the vigilance of Marc-André ter Stegen, this after Diego Costa failed him on the German in the exercise, finally guilty of leaving goal line too early. The repair kicks will punctuate this game, since Lionel Messi then succeeds in his (2-1, 50th), thus celebrating a superb panenka his 700th career goal, club and national selection combined.
This time, Griezmann has nothing to do with it …
But that will not be enough for this Barça, still joined from the penalty spot (Saul Niguez, 62nd) and who therefore still drops precious points, at home moreover, in the title race. Even when Antoine Griezmann do not play (he entered a few moments at the end of the game), the Blaugranas do not succeed. And if Thursday evening, real Madrid seizes the opportunity at home against Getafe, so Karim Benzema and its partners will count four points ahead in the standings, five matches from the end of the season.
The 33rd day of Liga
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