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Messi scores late to send Barca back to the top of La Liga

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It took an 86th minute Lionel Messi special for Barcelona to take all three points from Atletico Madrid with a 0-1 victory.

It was the matched billed as one time Atletico hero Antoine Greizmann’s return to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atletico could well have been in the lead if it wasn’t for some first-half heroics from Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The German shot stop pulled off a couple of magnificent saves, to deny both Hermoso and Morata.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw, until the 86th minute when Ballon d’Or winner elect Lionel Messi conjured up a moment of brilliance.

The Argentine exchanged a neat one-two with strike partner Suarez and finished the move off with a sweet left-footed shot from 18 yards out.

Atletico’s Slovakian shot-stopper could do nothing to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.

Ernesto Valverde’s side climbed back to the top of La Liga with the victory, reclaiming their place from arch-rivals Real Madrid.