MADRID (AP) — Atlético Madrid’s ordeal against Barcelona continues in the Spanish league.
Lionel Messi made up for a lackluster performance by scoring in the 86th minute on Sunday, giving Barcelona a 1-0 win at Atlético and extending the Catalan team’s unbeaten run against the Madrid rival to 19 league matches.
“It’s always a big advantage to have Messi in even games like these,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.
Messi struck with a low left-footed shot from outside the area after being set up by Luis Suárez to keep Barcelona unbeaten against Atlético for nine years.
“We played a great match, but when Leo shows up he can make a difference,” Atlético forward Saúl Ñíguez said. “It’s incredibly easy for