Messi Scores As unbeaten Barca Defeat Bilbao

Barcelona cruised to a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Sunday, with goals from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi sending them 11 points clear at the top of La Liga. I pass the ball more and I try not to be so selfish, if you will. I try to move the team from one position to another.

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Ernesto Valverde was unable to name the suspended Luis Suarez and injured Sergio Busquets in his team.

Philippe Coutinho struck the crossbar for the second time in the match five minutes later when he once again found himself space 16-yards out, but failed to find the back of the net with a stinging shot. "We're not going to tempt fate". In their cup run, the Catalan giants are scheduled for a blockbuster finale against Manchester United conquerors Sevilla on 22nd of April.

Second-placed Atletico effectively surrendered their hopes of overhauling Barca at the top, as two late goals from 20-year-old Turkey striker Enes Unal handed Villarreal a 2-1 victory over Diego Simeone's side.

"The two halves were very different, perhaps conditioned by the first".

After putting Chelsea to the sword in the Champions League midweek, Messi scored for the sixth game in a row against Athletic at the Camp Nou to propel Barca closer to the domestic title. Atletico are second with 64, while Real are third on 60.

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Coutinho was cruelly denied by the frame of the goal once again in the 34th minute.

The second half was played at almost a testimonial pace with Barcelona content to knock the ball around at their leisure. Javi Eraso doubled the lead in the 69th minute.

Real Madrid reclaimed third place from Valencia when Ronaldo took his La Liga goals tally this season to 22 with four in a 6-3 victory over Girona at the Bernabeu.

Bilbao full-back Mikel Balenziaga could return to the starting line-up following a muscle problem, but midfielder Mikel Rico (hamstring) and forward Iker Muniain (knee) are ruled out with Yeray Alvarez (hamstring) also unlikely to take part.

Messi had already had a couple of sighters when he got on the scoresheet on the half-hour mark.

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