Spanish La Liga
Atl MadridAtlético Madrid1BarcelonaBarcelona2

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's winner was his 290th La Liga goal

Lionel Messi celebrated the birth of his second son with a winning goal as Barcelona went top of La Liga with a 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid.

Messi, who had not scored in Barca's first two league games, started on the bench after missing training on Friday to be with his new baby boy Mateo.

Atletico went ahead six minutes after the break when Fernando Torres rolled in a shot, but Neymar equalised.

Messi then grabbed the winner after being set up by Luis Suarez.

It was the Argentina international's 287th La Liga goal for Barcelona, extending his lead as the competition's all-time top scorer.

La Liga's all-time top scorers
PlayerClubsYears in La LigaGoals
1. Lionel MessiBarcelona2004-287
2. Telmo ZarraAthletic Bilbao1940-1955251
3. Hugo SanchezAtletico MadridReal MadridRayo Vallecano1981-1994234
4. Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid2009230
5. RaulReal Madrid1994-2010228

His goal came on the day that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo became his club's record league scorer - and moved up to fourth in the overall standings with 230 goals - by scoring five in a 6-0 win at Espanyol.

Messi had scored in Argentina's 2-2 midweek draw with Mexico but was seeking his first La Liga goal of the season before Saturday's game.

He saw Suarez hit the bar in a poor first half, before Atletico took the lead early in the second when Torres finished off a fine counter-attack.

That lead lasted only four minutes, though, as Neymar curled in a stunning free-kick from 20 yards.

Barcelona had a penalty appeal rejected when Atletico defender Diego Godin appeared to handle the ball, but Messi won the match with a stylish, low finish.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 24Giménez de VargasBooked at 89mins
  • 2Godín
  • 3Filipe LuísBooked at 43mins
  • 10Torres MuñozBooked at 18minsSubstituted forFerreira-Carrascoat 60'minutes
  • 14Fernández ArenasSubstituted forViettoat 81'minutes
  • 5Cardoso Mendes
  • 6Koke
  • 9TorresSubstituted forMartínezat 62'minutes
  • 7Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 11Martínez
  • 15Savic
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 21Ferreira-Carrasco
  • 23Vietto

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 14Mascherano
  • 23VermaelenSubstituted forMathieuat 28'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forMessiat 60'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8IniestaBooked at 44mins
  • 12Rafinha
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 10Messi
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 19Ramírez
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu
  • 25Masip
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
51,691

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, Barcelona 2.

  3. Post update

    Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

    Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Filipe Luis (Atlético de Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Booking

    Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Giménez (Atlético de Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Neymar.

  14. Post update

    Javier Mascherano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Martínez (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jackson Martínez (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Luciano Vietto replaces Gabi.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  19. Post update

    Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jan Oblak.

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Saturday 12th September 2015

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