Barca in control


BARCELONA. — Barcelona took control of the Spanish La Liga soccer title race as goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez inspired a come from behind 2-1 win against nine-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Koke handed the visitors a deserved early lead, but Barca turned the game thanks to two goals in eight minutes before the break through Messi and Suarez. Atletico’s hopes of salvaging a point were then ruined as Filipe Luis and Diego Godin were sent off for rash challenges either side of half-time.

Victory takes Barca three points clear of Atletico at the top of the table – having also played a game less – and seven points clear of third-placed Real Madrid, who hosted Espanyol yesterday. “It is clear it is an important day for us to pick up three points against our closest rivals, but there is a long way to go,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique. — AFP.

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