La Liga wrap: Lionel Messi reaches 400 Barcelona goals
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi scores his 400th goal for the club in a 2-0 victory over Valencia
Messi reaches 400 Barca goals
Lionel Messi scored another landmark goal at the weekend during Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Valencia, grabbing his 400th for the club. He had to wait a long time for the strike, finally scoring to clinch the game in second half stoppage time having seen Barca hold onto a single-goal lead for over 90 minutes. Luis Suarez opened the scoring after just 55 seconds courtesy of a Messi assist, and Barca were fortunate to maintain their advantage. Gerard Pique’s foul gave a battling Valencia side the chance to level from the spot but Claudio Bravo came to the rescue, saving from Dani Parejo. The Chilean would have received more plaudits had it not been for another feat achieved by his mercurial South American teammates.
Ronaldo nets 50th of the season but Modric & Bale blows could end Real’s
Cristiano Ronaldo proved that he too can match Messi’s ability to reach milestones on a regular basis as he hit his 50th goal of a stellar campaign. Ronaldo had missed a second-half penalty but made up for his miss in the 90th minute to make the scoreline 3-1 to Madrid. However, the match was a costly one for Real who saw both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric forced off with injuries. Bale injured his calf after five minutes whereas Modric, only just back from a thigh problem, will now miss the remainder of the season with knee ligament issues. The Croatian has been pivotal for Real this season with the side falling from the top of La Liga in his absence. Ahead of a gruelling battle for the title and the Champions League, losing the two former-Spurs men may just define Madrid’s season.
Atletico talisman Griezmann continues goal-scoring form with sensational bicycle kick
On a weekend when milestones made headlines, Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann hit his 20th of the season in the 2-1 win at Deportivo. The Frenchman’s second was particularly special as it came from a bicycle kick, which in the end proved to be the winning goal. Without Mario Mandzukic for the match, and for much of the season, 24-year-old Griezmann has taken on the goalscoring responsibility and revelled at his new club. The win extended Atletico’s unbeaten run in the league to 8 games, with much of that good form thanks to Griezmann who now has six goals in his last four. With the Champions League second leg this week, Atletico will be looking to their red hot youngster to steer them to another victory over Real Madrid.