Lionel Messi hit another extraordinary landmark in his incredible career on Tuesday by netting his 700th career goal against Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
The Barcelona captain scored a cheeky penalty on 50 minutes after Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area:
7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ has arrived! 🐐
Lionel Messi’s landmark goal comes in the form of a Panenka to give @FCBarcelona a 2-1 lead over @atletienglish!#BarcaAtleti
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Messi’s strike is also his 22nd of the season in La Liga and his 27th in all competitions for the Catalan giants in 2019-20. He is the leading scorer in Spain’s top flight this season ahead of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema who has 17 goals.
The goal put Barcelona 2-1 up in the game at the Camp Nou. The Catalan giants went ahead early on when Diego Costa put a Messi corner past his own goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The evening got even worse for Costa when he also missed a penalty in the first half. The striker’s effort was saved by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the kick was taken again because the German was deemed to have been off his line.
This time Saul Niguez stepped up and calmly sent Ter Stegen the wrong way to make it 1-1 to Diego Simeone’s side on 20 minutes.
Both sides had chances to score but Barcelona had to wait until the second half to take the lead. Semedo went down after a challenge from Felipe to win the crucial penalty and Messi made no mistake.
There was more drama 12 minutes later when the referee pointed to the spot yet again, this time in Atletico’s favor. Again Semedo was involved, bringing down Yannick Carrisco for yet another spot-kick.
Up stepped Saul again to squeeze his second penalty of the match just past Ter Stegen and into the far corner to make it 2-2 with just under half an hour remaining.
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