LaLiga: Arturo Vidal keeps Barcelona in title race

Messi Makes La Liga History As Barcelona Beat Valladolid Close Gap On Real Madrid

Valladolid pressed for an equaliser after the break but Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was equal to everything that was thrown at him as the Blaugrana closed the gap on league leaders Real Madrid to one point, albeit having played a game more.

After bagging an assist in Barcelona's win over Real Valladolid, Lionel Messi matched an impressive record set by his former teammate Thierry Henry and set a new LaLiga record in the process.

Iyo Barcelona iza kuba yananiwe gutsinda, Real y'umutoza Zinedine Zidane yari kuba ifite amahirwe yo kwegukana igikombe kuri uwo mukino ukurikiyeho.

"It doesn't depend on us".

Madrid, who have a game in hand, travel to Granada in their next game on Monday.

Barcelona have German shot-stopper Ter Stegen to thank for the fact Madrid can not be crowned champions in that game, given that would have been the case had Setien's team dropped points in Valladolid. We've got players that have played a lot of minutes.

Barcelona missed chances, particularly in the first half, which saw one very bad fluffed effort from Antoine Griezmann, who missed his kick from in front of goal. Valladolid made a tactical change in the second half with coach Sergio Gonzalez bringing on Enes Unal to give more punch in attack, while Luis Suarez replaced Griezmann.

"It's difficult against a team that were very hard to play and they played very well. The hot conditions also complicated things for us but I'm pleased we won", said match-winner Vidal.

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