Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Lionel Messi scores 600th career goal for Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

Valverde Valverde has named a strong squad to face Las Palmas. Getty
| 05 March, 2018, 01:43

And now, in homage to the legendary Australian hard rock band, we've been given the most tenuous nickname of them all for Atletico Madrid's frontline: AG/DC.

The only sour note for Barca was losing Andres Iniesta to an apparent hamstring strain in the opening period and, although Atletico improved after the break, Marc-Andre ter Stegen was barely tested, ensuring the day belonged to Messi and Barca.

With the likes of Fernando Torres, Kevin Gameiro, Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco only ever performing in fits and starts, Griezmann was forced to bear the burden of carrying the forward line nearly alone for far too long.

Sergio Busquets almost got the second goal for the hosts 10 minutes before time after being picked out by Messi at the far post but his header was kept out by Oblak.

Meanwhile Atleti have been uncharacteristically free scoring recently, netting eleven goals in wins over Leganes, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao.

Atletico, too, had a goal ruled out as they sought an equaliser that would have at least kept them on Barca's coattails.

Pique failed to complete the full 90 minutes of the weekend win over Girona and was left on the bench against Las Palmas, with Thomas Vermaelen taking his place in the heart of the back-line alongside Samuel Umtiti.


As well as being the 600th goal of his career, it was also his 24th in the league this season. The only shame was the resulting shot was straight at Oblak.

Simeone was pragmatic about his club's hopes of regularly upsetting the Barca-Real Madrid stronghold.

Antoine Griezmann. Diego Costa.

Atletico had to be very patient with Costa, as FIFA's transfer ban ensured the combustible former Chelsea man was forced to wait until January before he could make his second debut.

Atletico entered the match with the best defense in La Liga with only 11 goals previously conceded. "We will prepare for this match as if it was a final because that's how you should prepare for every match against Atletico".

However, the duo didn't get a look in during the first half.

Filipe Luis has never tasted victory at Camp Nou and has no intention of settling for a point.

Recommended

Theresa May rejects United Kingdom financial services demands on Brexit Theresa May rejects United Kingdom  financial services demands on Brexit The proposal, he said, was a "starting point" for talks not a solution. "It is for all of us to work together", she said. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington has said Theresa May┬┤s Brexit plan was an "ambitious opening bid".

Press Pokes Fun at Trump, Russia Investigation at Gridiron Dinner Press Pokes Fun at Trump, Russia Investigation at Gridiron Dinner Trump spoke 32 minutes, longer than normal.At one point, a woman heckled Trump to "stop", and had to be shushed by tablemates. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, representing the Democrats, joked that he could lead a New Orleans parade as "King Chaos".

Saudi crown prince endorses 'legitimate Palestinian rights' in Jerusalem Saudi crown prince endorses 'legitimate Palestinian rights' in Jerusalem A beaming Sisi greeted the prince at Cairo airport after he descended the red-carpeted steps of his plane. Bin Salman's visit to Egypt is the first since he was appointed a crown prince in June 2017.

M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers dies at age 75 M*A*S*H actor David Ogden Stiers dies at age 75 Stiers' resonant voice actually earned him his first on-screen credit as the announcer in George Lucas' dystopian film THX 1138 . Stiers passed away from bladder cancer at his home in Newport, Oregon , reported TMZ.

Women 'will eventually' be allowed at games, Iran tells FIFA Women 'will eventually' be allowed at games, Iran tells FIFA FIFA President Gianni Infantino talks to the media after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Feb. 21, 2018. Mr Infantino was speaking about a two-year dispute between Saudi Arabia and Iran , according to the BBC .

Diabetes can be divided into five different groups Diabetes can be divided into five different groups The more common form, type 2, is linked to obesity and stops the body from making enough insulin or reacting to its production. Last night, research bodies welcomed the new study, but stressed more examination of the drug's effects was still needed.

Kelly: 'We didn't cover ourselves in glory' over handling of Porter Kelly: 'We didn't cover ourselves in glory' over handling of Porter Like Sanders did last month, Kelly on Friday blamed a little-known White House office composed of career staffers. Kelly described himself as shocked by the alleged abuse, saying he had viewed Porter as the "ultimate gentleman".

China Temporarily Bans The Use Of The Letter 'N' On The Internet China Temporarily Bans The Use Of The Letter 'N' On The Internet His massive anti-graft campaign removed corrupt functionaries and political opponents, whom he replaced with allies. Chinese President Xi Jinping intends to stay in power past 2022 with a proposal to remove presidential term limits.

Stephanie McMahon's Slap to Ronda Rousey Reportedly Legitimate Stephanie McMahon's Slap to Ronda Rousey Reportedly Legitimate According to WWE.com , McMahon also called her new nemesis a "has-been" and said she could "take her ". Fast forward to Monday Night Raw , and Rousey found herself in the middle of the ring again.

Slovak police free Italian suspects held after journalist murder Slovak police free Italian suspects held after journalist murder A statement said that the suspects had been released because no evidence had emerged during their 48-hour detainment. The seven Italians were taken into custody on Thursday in police raids in the eastern town of Michalovce.

Holi 2018: Rajnath Singh celebrate festival of colours Holi 2018: Rajnath Singh celebrate festival of colours Google symbolically joined millions of people in celebration of Holi festival with today's (Mar. 2) Google Doodle . These traditional drummers move from house to house, adding a peppy, musical touch to the day's festivities.

Bradley Airport reports flight cancellations due to storm Bradley Airport reports flight cancellations due to storm De-icing of aircraft and snow clearing is now taking place and the airport says additional staff are on site to assist. The budget airline cancelled all flights for today after a red alert was put in place for Ireland.

Scientists find a previously unknown mega-colony of penguins on Antarctic islands Scientists find a previously unknown mega-colony of penguins on Antarctic islands The scientists used an algorithm to search images from the American Landsat spacecraft for sites of possible penguin activity. According to experts, more than 1.5 million Adelie penguins have now been found on the Danger Islands .

First male athlete sues Larry Nassar over alleged sexual abuse First male athlete sues Larry Nassar over alleged sexual abuse Once she realized his medical techniques were really sexual abuse , she felt "humiliation, guilt, shame and disgust". She also claims her psychological trauma includes "not trusting adult males".

Santa Barbara County Prepares for Storm Expected to Arrive Thursday Night Santa Barbara County Prepares for Storm Expected to Arrive Thursday Night The evacuations affect three burn areas and the areas below them from January's Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fires. This indicates that flash flooding conditions could develop if this rain picks up, causing mud and debris flow.