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Summary

  1. Messi impresses with a goal and two assists
  2. Neymar and Suarez for 2-0 before Mandzukic's penalty
  3. Second-placed Barca move a point within Real Madrid
  4. Defending champions Atletico four adrift in third

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

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This is the picture - and performance - that Barcelona fans have been longing to see. The heralded triumvirate of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar finally clicked into gear to end a tumultuous week for the Catalan club on a high.

Barca are back on Thursday when they play Elche in the second leg of their Copa del Rey tie, following on from Atletico's trip to neighbours Real Madrid in the same competition.

And we will be back too. Make sure you join us then for live coverage. Adios!

Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

So it has been a tale of two managers at the Nou Camp tonight. Barca coach Luis Enrique was supposedly on the ropes after being pounded for recent results and his alleged row with Lionel Messi. But he has surely bought himself more time following that slick display.

However, it is back to the drawing board for Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone. Perhaps two big matches in quick succession - they beat Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday - took its toll on his men.

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Wills Oblates Ubuntu: Leo Messi's aggressive play tonight has gone a long way to show he is a Barca man in and out. I sincerely don't see him leaving Camp Nou.

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Napoli 1-3 Juventus

Italian Serie A

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Defending champions Juventus move three points clear in Italy's Serie A as they beat fourth-placed Napoli in a 3-1 away win.

Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal sealed victory late on after fellow midfielder Paul Pogba and defender Martin Caceres had scored earlier. Miguel Britos had levelled for Rafa Benitez's Napoli.

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Simon Richardson: Magnificent marvellous, mesmeric maestro Messi menaces men from Madrid...

Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Andy West

BBC Sport at the Nou Camp

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"Maybe Luis Enrique can bring the glory days back to Barcelona, after all. Messi was dynamite and will get all the headlines, but looking at the bigger picture it's perhaps more important that he was merely one part - albeit the most important part - of a proper team performance. After the week he's had, dragging that kind of collective, organised effort out of his team is quite an achievement for Enrique, and gives him and the team something to build on."

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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

But it is a damaging defeat for current champions Atletico. Diego Simeone's men are three points behind Barca, and four adrift of neighbours Real. Is La Liga now a two-horse race?

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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

All over at the Nou Camp! Massive win for Barcelona, who move within a point of leaders Real Madrid (who have played a game fewer).

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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico substitute Fernando Torres beats Claudio Bravo with a low shot - but he doesn't beat the offside flag.

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Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Shaky moment for Barca keeper Claudio Bravo, who almost allows Atletico to set up a grandstand finish. He flaps as he tries to claim a free-kick swung into the box, but is saved by the referee's whistle.

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

Standing ovation for Luis Suarez as the goalscorer is replaced by Pedro.

INJURY TIME

Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid

The Nou Camp is rocking - for the right reasons - as Barca edge towards an important win. Three minutes of stoppage time.

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Andy West

BBC Sport at the Nou Camp

"Messi deserved that goal, and after the week that Barca have been through it's entirely appropriate that their star man should cap such an influential performance with the game-clincher. He is the undeniable King of the Nou Camp and you wonder if Luis Enrique will have to rethink his relationship with the Argentine. Clearly, he can only be a long-term success if Messi is on his side.

GOAL

Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid - Lionel Messi

Who else? A beaming smile breaks out across Lionel Messi's face as he caps a mesmeric performance with a goal. The Argentine superstar plays a one-two with Ivan Rakitic inside the Atletico box, gets lucky with a rebound off an away defender, before coolly slipping the ball past Miguel Angel Moya. Game over.

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YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Make that 10 bookings. Atletico sub Raul Garcia raises his arms at Neymar who fails theatrically to the ground. Could have been red.

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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

This is getting silly now. Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin aggressively clatters into the back of Luis Suarez to become the NINTH man to be booked.

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Ryan: I've watched most of Messi's performances, but I don't think i've ever seen him play as aggressive as this! Actually refreshing!

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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi looks like an angry young man at odds with the world tonight. The Barca forward dangerously goes into a challenge with Atletico keeper Miguel Angel Moya with his studs raised. That earns him a booking.

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Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Andy West

BBC Sport at the Nou Camp

"There are a few signs that Barca are starting to lose their shape, which would be very dangerous against such a well-drilled team as Atletico. It won't be easy as tiredness sets in and Atletico start to take more risks, but Barca need to really concentrate on keeping their positional discipline and organisation. Atletico are looking more and more threatening."

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Sublime skill from Arda Turan opens up the Barca defence, his cheeky flick finding Fernando Torres, who flashes a low cross-shot towards the Barca goal. Keeper Claudio Bravo unconvincingly palms clear but Barca survive...

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Better spell for Atletico as they look to pick holes in a tiring Barca defence....

FINAL FIFTEEN

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

The clock is ticking down for Atletico. But the visitors almost create a chance on the counter attack. Mario Mandzukic finds space on the right, pinging a quick ball towards Fernando Torres. But Barca keeper Claudio Bravo is alert to race off his line and gather. The 2009 version of Torres would have snaffled that opportunity.

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Of course, who can forget Fernando Torres' wonderfully-taken goal which put Chelsea into the Champions League final? Or Gary Neville's far-too-excitable commentary?

But the Atletico striker has not had sight of that same Nou Camp goal yet. Quiet introduction for the Spain international. Only takes a second to score a goal though...

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Julian Croker: We remember the last time Torres played in the Nou Camp. Came on as sub with his team 2-1 down .. dramatic late equaliser due?

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Andy West

BBC Sport at the Nou Camp

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"The athleticism and energy of Ivan Rakitic have played an important part in Barca's ability to maintain such pressure on Atletico, and you wonder if this will be the game which makes Enrique finally decide to make the Croatian a cornerstone of his midfield at the expense of Xavi, who has been a magnificent player but just can't compete physically any longer and often finds himself overrun."

SUBSTITUTION

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

What time is it? Torres time.

'El Nino' is not an Atletico kid anymore, more of an elder statesman, as the 30-year-old jogs on for his second La Liga debut for his boyhood heroes.

Can he cause an almighty upset by clawing back an equaliser?

Napoli 1-2 Juventus

Italian Serie A

Two goals in the space of five minutes in Italy as Juventus remain on course to stretch their lead at the top of Serie A.

Miguel Britos levels for fourth-placed Napoli but Martin Caceres restores the visitors lead. Into the last 10 minutes.

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YELLOW CARD

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Fleet-footed Neymar jinks into the centre of the Atletico half, skipping past two challenges, as Barca threaten again. But the Brazil poster boy is hauled back, rather cynically, by Tiago. The Portuguese midfielder becomes the latest name to be jotted down in the referee's notepad. the official has got quite a collection now.

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Atletico have an extra spring in their step after that goal. Right-back Juanfran - perhaps lucky not to see a second booking after clattering into Neymar again moments ago - pounds forward. But his cute delivery fails to find a fellow white shirt as Barca clear from their six-yard box.

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Andy Bennett: Deary me, what an appalling decision! Gamez wasn't affected by the tap, but folded his legs up.

Blueforever: Well you don't see Messi giving a penalty away everyday...

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Andy West

BBC Sport at the Nou Camp

"Atletico have been aggrieved with the decisions they've received from referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco tonight, but they certainly benefitted from one there. Messi appeared to win the ball and there was a gasp of astonishment around the stadium when the penalty was awarded. But congratulations to Mario Mandzukic for managing to strike the ball cleanly amid the ear-splitting whistles which greeted his run-up."

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Television replays still don't provide much clarity on the penalty decision. Although with Atletico feeling Lionel Messi handled in the build up to Barca's second goal then perhaps justice has been served. Wonder what our man in Barcelona reckons....

GOAL

Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid - Mario Mandzukic

Game on! Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic shows nerves of steel to smack the spotkick into the roof of the Barca net. The away team are back in the contest after converting their first shot on target.

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PENALTY TO ATLETICO

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Hope for Atletico? They win a penalty after Lionel Messi (yes, really) trips Atletico defender Jesus Gamez in the Barca box.

Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Atletico don't mind playing some rough tactics - and here a couple more examples of their steelier side. Moments after right-back Juanfran goes into the book for a crude tackle on Neymar, Turkey midfielder Arda Turan escapes punishment for dumping Andres Iniesta on his backside.

Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid

'Messi, Messi, Messi' rings out around the Nou Camp, telling you everything you need to know about the star of this show. The Barca hero wriggles clear close to the byeline on the right, but is hauled back by the referee for an indiscretion.

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Mfreke Smith: A certain LVG should be watching and taking down notes. Dominance should equal goals.

Tim Oliver: The stage is sent for one Fernando Torres.

Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid

The Barca defence clear the set-piece - straight out for another. Atletico win a left-wing corner which centre-back Diego Godin - a menace for defenders in the opposing penalty area - climbs highest to meet. But his header flies narrowly over the Barca bar.

Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Quiet start to the second half - Luis Enrique looks relaxed as he kicks back in his padded dug-out seat.

Then, Atletico win a free-kick as striker Mario Mandzukic is clattered by Barca defender Javier Mascherano.

KICK-OFF

Barcelona 2-0 Atletico Madrid

Game on. The home side get the match back under way. No changes for either team at the break.

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