Messi genius gives Barca victory

February 27, 2012, Monday/ 17:13:00

Lionel Messi’s quick thinking and brilliant execution fired Barcelona to a 2-1 La Liga win at Atletico Madrid that kept the gap on leader Real Madrid to 10 points.

The World Player of the Year caught the Atletico defense napping to score a breathtaking 81st-minute free kick and settle an intense battle at the Calderon after Atletico striker Radamel Falcao had canceled out Daniel Alves’s opening goal.

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