Lionel Messi struck the solitary goal of the game at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday to pip Atletico Madrid 1-0 and seal the Primera Liga title for Barcelona. The Catalans last won the title in 2013.
Messi-Suarez-Neymar, the Latin American trio, once more dazzled for Barca. Combined, they netted 79 goals in this edition of La Liga to guide Luis Enrique’s side to another La Liga crown. Uruguayan Luis Suarez though missed this match due to an injured hamstring, what surely reduced the flow of the home side’s attack.
Atletico dominated the opening 10 minutes of the match in both halves. Uruguayan defender Diego Godin could have given the home-team the lead in the 51st minute as his header narrowly missed the target. Fernando Torres’ effort was saved by Barca custodian Claudio Bravo. But the Argentine maestro was there to bail out Barca at the right moment against the defending champions. Fed by Pedro, Messi evaded a defender’s challenge within the box and slotted home past custodian Jan Oblak with his exquisite touch for his 54th goal of the season. Barca took the lead in the 65th minute.
In-form Brazilian hitman Neymar could have doubled the lead after Messi’s through beat the Atletico’s defense. Neymar’s shot was off target. But the Catalans managed to hold on to their single goal lead to notch up their 23rd La Liga title. This is also Barca’s 7th title in the last decade.
Messi and Co now eye a triple crown, with the Copa Del Ray and the Champions League Final on the cards.