Lionel Messi scored one penalty and overlooked one more as Barcelona beat Precise Valladolid to pass seven parts sure at the tip of La Liga.
Messi scored his thirtieth purpose of 2018-19 when he converted his first residing-kick after Michel had fouled Gerard Pique.
Barcelona had been awarded a 2d penalty when replace Philippe Coutinho used to be introduced down by Kiko Olivas, however this time Jordi Masip saved Messi’s strike.
Masip also made a range of saves to many instances roar Luis Suarez and Messi.
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The leaves Barcelona seven parts sure of Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at Rayo Vallecano earlier on Saturday.
Precise Madrid are third, two parts unhurried Atletico, and play their recreation in hand on Sunday after they entertain Girona at 11:00 GMT.
With Barcelona facing Lyon in the opening leg of their Champions League final-16 tie on Tuesday, manager Ernesto Valverde opted to own Suarez and Ivan Rakitic amongst the substitutes, with aged Tottenham and Portsmouth man Kevin-Prince Boateng beginning.
Boateng had a low shot saved by Masip, who used to be with Barcelona from 2008 to 2017, however the company themselves wasted a comely likelihood after they did no longer convert a four-on-two counter-assault with Nacho overhitting the horrible.
Within a minute of that Valladolid likelihood, Barcelona had been forward. Pique, taking half in his 300th La Liga match for the club, burst into the penalty home, Michel had his arms on his shoulders and Messi stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty.
Sergi Guardiola, a participant sacked by Barcelona in 2015 within a day of joining them after historical tweets serious of the team and the residing had been learned, used to be segment of the Valladolid aspect and had of project early in the 2d half, however shot narrowly huge from 25 yards out.
But the hosts persevered to set apart correct probabilities as Masip made a brilliant assign to learn out Messi’s volley after which denied replace Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.
A short passing pass piquant Suarez and Coutinho saw the latter introduced down for Barcelona’s 2d penalty, however Masip pushed away Messi’s effort, which had been placed in the identical assign apart because the major.
Masip saved his aspect in it with one more finest assign to disclaim Suarez, with Messi also taking pictures narrowly off target. Alternatively, despite a correct performance from the company, they’re going to also fair no longer drive an equaliser and so that they’re if fact be told 15th, three parts above the relegation zone.
‘We have no longer performed smartly’ – what they said
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique: “The very finest correct recordsdata is the buy, we own no longer performed smartly. It’s needed to learn selecting up the three parts, however we own no longer performed smartly and the sentiments on the pitch had been no longer determined.
“We struggled in opposition to them, we had been no longer intelligent the ball rapid ample and if no longer we suffer.”
Precise Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip: “Bittersweet emotions. We had probabilities to receive a plot and we must always be proud. We knew they’d own possibilities of getting unhurried the defence.
“I managed to guess which arrangement Messi used to be going to shoot (for the 2d penalty).
“We need to assemble up some parts and receive far from the relegation zone and be rather extra receive.”