Lionel Messi double against Valencia keeps Barcelona's title hopes alive

Lionel Messi double towards Valencia retains Barcelona’s title hopes alive

In an exhilarating conclusion to the Spanish home season, there at the moment are simply two factors separating Atletico Madrid, Actual Madrid and Barcelona, which faces Atletico on Saturday.

Gabriel gave Valencia the lead shortly after halftime in Sunday’s recreation on the Mestalla Stadium when he headed in from a nook, however Barcelona scored three targets in 11 minutes to overturn the deficit.

Messi equalized having had a penalty saved by Jasper Cillessen and Antoine Griezmann tapped in from shut vary to provide Barcelona the lead, earlier than Messi received his second with an excellent free-kick.

Carlos Soler’s long-range effort made it a tense closing couple of minutes for Barcelona, however the visiting aspect held on.

“We’re nonetheless alive, we’ve got to provide the workforce an enormous praise, the best way they performed,” mentioned Barcelona’s assistant coach Alfred Schreuder.

“I feel we performed the primary half very nicely, we created lots of good alternatives. However after the 1-0 (lead) from Valencia I feel we reacted very nicely.”

After shedding to Grenada on Thursday, the victory moved Barcelona degree on factors with second-placed Actual Madrid with 4 video games remaining within the season.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan clinched its first Serie A title in 11 years, ending Juventus’ reign of dominance in Italian soccer.

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Atalanta’s failure to win at Sassuolo, mixed with Inter’s 2-0 victory over Crotone on Saturday, gave Antonio Conte’s aspect an unassailable lead on the high of the league.

Juventus, whose run of 9 consecutive league titles has been ended by Inter, wanted two late targets from Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday to safe a 2-1 victory towards Udinese.

In France, as in Spain, the highest flight is about for a tense finale with one level separating Lille and Paris Saint-Germain on the high of the desk.

AS Monaco and Lyon, the 2 groups in third and fourth in Ligue 1, performed out a dramatic contest on Sunday.

The match included 5 purple playing cards in complete, 4 of which got here as tempers flared on the closing whistle, and completed 3-2 in Lyon’s favor after an 89th-minute winner from 17-year-old Rayan Cherki.