Messi nets a brace in see-saw sport in opposition to Valencia; Bale hits hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur
Lionel Messi missed a penalty however nonetheless scored twice, together with an beautiful free-kick, as Barcelona edged a five-goal thriller with Valencia on Sunday to remain inside touching distance of the highest of LaLiga.
After Actual Madrid and Atletico Madrid each received on Saturday, there was no margin for error at Mestalla, the place Barca’s 3-2 win decreased the hole behind Atletico again to 2 factors, now with 4 video games left to play.
Gabriel Paulista headed Valencia in entrance early within the second half earlier than Messi missed a penalty, solely to smash in from the ensuing scramble.
Griezmann and an excellent Messi free-kick appeared to have then made the victory safe however Carlos Soler’s beautiful strike from distance left Barcelona holding on on the finish, a nerve-wracking win that means it may overtake Atletico Madrid subsequent weekend if it beats Diego Simeone’s aspect at Camp Nou.
“We knew we’d not have any calm video games,” stated Gerard Pique. “We’re nonetheless within the combat. Calm video games imply you’re not competing for something.”
Gareth Bale scored a hat trick as Tottenham stayed within the Champions League qualification race with a 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United on Sunday.
Bale claimed his first treble since returning on mortgage from Actual Madrid for this season, and Son Heung-min additionally netted, as Tottenham rose to fifth place — 5 factors behind Chelsea with 4 video games left to play.
Bale took his Premier League tally to eight targets within the final eight video games, however with that should come a way of what may need been this season.
Bale was under-used by former supervisor Jose Mourinho, even when he had regained peak situation. Taking part in with freedom in a entrance 4 with Harry Kane, Son and Dele Alli, Spurs had been a relentless menace and a far cry from the pragmatic fashion that dogged Mourinho’s period.
It might have come too late to gatecrash the highest 4 this season, however enjoying like this makes them a powerful wager to complete in a Europa League spot beneath interim supervisor Ryan Mason.
The outcomes: Premier League: Tottenham 4 (Bale 36, 61, 69, Son 77) bt Sheffield United 0.
LaLiga: Granada 0 misplaced to Cadiz 1 (Sobrino 39); Valencia 2 (Gabriel Paulista 49, Soler 83) misplaced to Barcelona 3 (Messi 58, 69, Griezmann 63).
Serie A: Sampdoria 2 (Adrien Silva 45, Jankto 65) bt Roma 0.