Lionel Messi scored twice to earn Barcelona 2-0 derby win over Espanyol and send them to 13 points in a row on the top of the Spanish La Liga. With second place Atletico Madrid travel to Alaves on Saturday after champions jumped at the chance to extend their advantage. Boring match Barcelona it was decided to No.10, which cheniyah home with a penalty kick in the 71st minute and slotted in a cross to replace Malcolm to finish.
Messi, top scorer with 31 goals Division, suffered criticism in his native Argentina after a friendly against Morocco because of the problem of the perineum, but welcomed the Barcelona fans after taking them one step closer to the title of preservation.
Ernesto Valverde began Messi together with Luis Suarez, which is extracted from the ankle.
But the duo and Couto were silenced in a tense first half with five people are not giving protection Hispaniola American Trio of any space. With the introduction of Malcolm in the final half hour, the game began to open. The Brazilian winger was a crossover hit slant wide of Diego Lopez, with Couto shooting over the bar as Barcelona pushed for the winner.
The Catalans were short on inspiration, while Messi has not made a daring dinked free kick by midfielder Victor Sanchez was unable to hold onto the goal line before filled his second on the break.
Barcelona was much lower than their fluid best, but two points of skill talisman Mass secured three points otherwise forgotten games. Earlier Saturday ambitious Getafe lost 2-0 at home to Leganes in a blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four.
Michael Santos and Juanfran have killed a second half goal for the visitors. Later Alaves could climb over Getafe in the fourth if they beat Atletico Madrid. Atletico will close the gap on Barcelona to 10 points if they win.