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La Liga: Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi helps Barcelona move closer to Real Madrid

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal’s lone strike has secured a 1-0 win for Barcelona over Real Valladolid.

The solitary strike from the Chilean was enough to give the Catalans the maximum points which reduced the deficit between them and Real Madrid to one point.

Madrid will be traveling to Granada with the hope of opening the gap back to four points. The Galacticos only needs to win two games from the remaining four to clinch the La Liga title that has eluded them since 2102.

Arturo Vidal has the best shot conversion rate of anyone to take 20 or more shots in La Liga this season

The club’s talisman, Lionel Messi who created the assist for the goal has set another record. Messi, whose assist in the game was his twentieth of the season, has now equaled Xavi Hernandez’s club record set just over a decade ago.

Valladolid Vs. Barcelona highlight

Vidal put the ball behind the net with the only and winning goal of the day with a low shot into the bottom left corner from Messi’s pass.

Barca tried scoring the second with Nelson Semedo and Riqui Puig coming close. Frenchman, Antoine Griezmann had the best chance of all but couldn’t connect with the ball that landed at his feet right in front of goal, having been caught him by surprise.

Real Madrid with a win on Monday would have emerged La Liga champions had Barcelona lose at Valladolid.

With a better head-to-head record and a point above the Catalan giant, Zinedine Zidane’s side has more chance to win the trophy.

The hosts could have leveled the game despite Barça’s supreme control. Kike Perez was through on goal but slipped before delivering the killer blow, which was a let-off for Barça.

Perez continued from where he stopped in the first half and he was the busier man forcing a save from r Marc-Andre ter Stegen as the hosts were also poor in the final third.

Messi after creating the assist for the only goal of the affair faded as the game wore on. He was as well kept relatively quiet afterward.

 

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