Lionel Messi secures Barcelona lead at top of La Liga | Barcelona News

Barcelona achieved a valuable 2-0 away win against Eibar in round 27 of La Liga. Lionel Messi scored both goals for the Blaugrana, who enjoyed 70 percent of possession, created 12 goalscoring chances and attempted seven shots, four of them on target.

Luis Enrique decided to field non-regulars such as Sergi Roberto, Martin Montoya or Marc Bartra in order to rest key players Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu for the decisive upcoming clashes against Manchester City and Real Madrid in the coming week.

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Despite the many changes, Barcelona controlled the game from beginning to end and ended up grabbing the three points thanks to their collective effort in Eibar's tiny stadium under ongoing torrential rain.

Lionel Messi was the star of the show once again. The Argentinean wizard put all doubters to rest after scoring with a confident strike from the penalty spot in the first half, then securing the victory after the break with an unusually accurate header following an Ivan Rakitic corner-kick.

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Both Neymar and Luis Suarez gave their all to make a difference. However, their performances lacked that extra burst of speed that ultimately makes the difference. Let's hope that both South American stars are back to their best when Barcelona host Manchester City at the Camp Nou in midweek.

This positive result helps Barca continue at the top of the table for a second consecutive week. If they manage to secure the three points in their crucial home game against Real Madrid next weekend, the dream of lifting the Liga trophy at the end of the season would be that little bit closer.

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