Football: Messi sizzles as Barcelona win Valencia thriller

09:23 • 20.03.17



Barcelona closed to within two points of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Lionel Messi scored twice in a thrilling 4-2 win over 10-man Valencia at Camp Nou on Sunday, Gulfnews.com reports.


Earlier, Antoine Griezmann scored a stunning free-kick as Atletico Madrid compounded a week to forget for Sevilla with a 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon.


Barca needed to come from behind to keep the pressure on Madrid as Eliaquim Mangala headed Valencia in front.


But the on-loan Manchester City defender was sent-off for pulling down Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan had levelled and Messi smashed home the resulting penalty.


Munir El Haddadi briefly levelled for the 10 men before half-time, but Messi and finally Andre Gomes with his first Barca goal sealed the three points.


Madrid still also have a game in hand over their title rivals.

 





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