Barcelona lose Lionel Messi to injury as Atletico Madrid come from one goal behind to draw 1-1 at Camp Nou

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Barcelona began the match knowing that a win would take them to within a point of leaders Real Madrid after their 1-1 draw with Villarreal, but Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header was cancelled out by Angel Correa in the second period.
Perhaps more damaging for Barca was the loss of Lionel Messi to a possible recurrence of an existing groin problem, while Sergio Busquets was also withdrawn before the hour mark.

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Luis Enrique’s side, unbeaten in 12 league games against Atletico, had controlled much of the proceedings in the first half but found it difficult to muster clear-cut chances, before Rakitic headed in Andres Iniesta’s cross from a short corner.

Atleti made a strong start to the second period and snatched the equaliser when substitutes Fernando Torres and Correa combined within a minute of coming on, just after Messi had failed to shake off discomfort sustained after a tangling with Diego Godin.

Barca won three of their four meetings with Atleti last season 2-1 and they pushed hard for a late winner, but Diego Simeone’s side kept them at bay with relative ease in the closing stages to stay just a point behind in the table, and four adrift of Madrid.

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