Lionel Messi's 500th Goal Lifts Barcelona To Amazing El Clasico Win

Lionel Messi's 500th Goal Lifts Barcelona To Amazing El Clasico Win

Madrid's hopes of a return seemed over four mins later, Ramos furious to be shown a straight red card for jumping in two-footed on Messi as well as sarcastically praising the officials on his way off.

Although of course it would have been better to get the three points.

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"Messi made the difference for his team, but it is not only Messi".

The French gaffer further admitted that his players had been rash not to sit back and defend with the score 2-2 and time nearly up, but would not criticise their ambition directly.

Messi's victor at the Bernabeu came after Sergio Roberto made a great run from Barcelona's defense, leading to Alba's low pass across the area as Messi came charging to one-touch the ball into the corner past the diving Keylor Navas. "We have to try to keep up with him as much as possible so we can all play well and stay in contention in La Liga, which is wide open". It was more hard in the middle with lots of bodies in there, but he managed to do it for the first goal.

Indeed, it needed a stunning left-footed drive from Ivan Rakitic to score the game's third and breathe new life into La Liga's title race. Leganes were the victim of a horrendous mistake on Saturday when they were denied a potentially vital point as Cedric Bakambu punched the ball into the back of the net for a last minute Villarreal victor. "Not just technically, but physically". To borrow a phrase from American sporting parlance: Messi is a clutch player. "And they did. But I have nothing to reproach my players".

Messi scored the winning goal in the final minute of injury time to reach the landmark
Messi scored the winning goal in the final minute of injury time to reach the landmark

"I can not be happy", Zidane told reporters after his first loss in three Clasicos.

The former Spurs man could now be out for a number of weeks when his team needs him most and Zidane's gamble massively backfired.

"He is an honour for us and a blessing for the club". Even though you might play well, you might not end up winning. Barcelona leads on the head-to-head tiebreaker but Madrid has six games left in the La Liga - one more than Barcelona.

Instead, Barca right back Sergi Roberto surged forwards in the 92nd minute, skipping away from challenges by Luka Modric and then Marcelo before Messi scored his 500th goal for Barca with the last kick of the game to seal a famous win.

'Permissive with us? The same as for them against PSG?' he said, in reference to Barcelona's dramatic comeback win in the Champions League earlier this season.

"I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise", he said, per the Mirror.

"The 2-2 (goal) was a bad blow but players were able to come back in the last breath - the happy ending that we all wanted at Barcelona". It was the happy ending we all wanted and I'm delighted with the performance, with how they battled until the last second.

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