Messi retains aiding, Barca’s hopes cling by a thread

Valladolid, July 12

Lionel Messi made it 20 assists for the season in Barcelona’s stodgy 1-Zero win over Real Valladolid final night, whilst his workforce’s La Liga problem seems virtually over. Messi teed up Arturo Vidal’s winner at Jose Zorilla to develop into the primary participant to supply 20 assists in Spain’s high flight since Xavi Hernandez in 2009.

Victory for Barca means Real Madrid can’t clinch the title on Monday by beating Granada however solely an unimaginable collapse will stop them from placing their title on the trophy later within the week. If they beat Granada, Madrid will win La Liga by prevailing at dwelling to Villarreal on Thursday, no matter Barcelona’s outcomes.

Overall, Madrid want solely 5 factors from their remaining three matches to safe their third La Liga title in eight years. “We are doing things that deserve more than where we are,” stated Barca coach Quique Setien. “To win La Liga, I don’t know, because our rival is winning everything.”

Yet, whilst Barca’s turbulent home marketing campaign attracts to a detailed, Messi continues to shine. His pleasant go for Vidal within the 15th minute, a scoop between two Valladolid defenders, triggered extra outstanding milestones.

As effectively as matching the very best La Liga whole for assists by one participant within the final 11 years, Messi extends his personal career-best variety of assists in a single league season. — PTI

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