Messi, Dembele keep Barca clear

Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored as Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 2-0 at home on Saturday to reach the winter break with a three-point lead at the top of La Liga.

Messi took his league-leading tally to 15 goals, including six goals in his last three matches, as Barcelona stayed ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

The Argentinian played a part in Dembele's opener when he received a pass from Jordi Alba and took a shot that was saved by goalkeeper Ruben Blanco. The rebound fell to Dembele to drive between the legs of a defender to take the 10th-minute lead.

Messi made it 2-0 in the 45th mi"080nute after Jordi Alba found him arriving in the middle of Celta's box completely unmarked to fire in a left-footed shot.

Antoine Griezmann scored a second-half penalty to help Atletico grind out a 1-0 win at home over Espanyol.

Griezmann netted in the 56th minute after Koke was fouled by Esteban Granero in the area.
Eibar came from behind to draw 1-1 with Real Betis.

Antonio Sanabria gave Betis the lead but Fabian Orellana levelled from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute.

Messi, Dembele keep Barca clear Messi, Dembele keep Barca clear Reviewed by SISI JOKE on December 23, 2018 Rating: 5

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