Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte on Trying to Stop Lionel Messi, Barcelona

Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte on Trying to Stop Lionel Messi, Barcelona

They are 10 points clear at the top, although Atletico Madrid can trim that lead when they host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The hard-fought win takes Barca on to 62 points for the season, 10 above nearest challengers Atletico Madrid. But a moment of brilliance by Messi was all it took to swing the match Barcelona's way.

Barca had to dig deep against one of the firm sides in the league, but the combination of Leo Messi and Luis Suarez came good again for Barca yet again with Messi setting up Suarez for the 16th minute opener. Pressing up the pitch and setting a fast pace, Eibar forwards Fabian Orellana, Takashi Inui and midfielder Joan Jordan threatened the visitors.

Jose Luis Mendilibar was also sent to the stands on his 100th match in charge of the Basque outfit as matters started to boil over at a packed Ipurua.

Despite playing a man down, Eibar still managed to make Barcelona work.

"For me, friendship is a fantastic thing but in football, when you play against each other, it clearly changes".

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With none of the remaining riders able to outdo him, that score held up to earn Goepper and the US the silver medal. American Gus Kenworthy also advanced to the finals but couldn't put down a complete run in the finals.

On-loan Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi scored the victor with a superb strike, with Alaves continuing their revival under Abelardo. It remained in seventh place.

Orellana hit the crossbar from outside the box moments after Suarez rounded keeper Marko Dmitrovic to score the opener, and Messi hit the post in the second half from Suarez's lay-off.

Sevilla warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Manchester United by winning 2-1 at struggling Las Palmas, aided by a controversial late offside call.

Dani Parejo hit the victor with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat. During his time at Barcelona, Pedro was a part of the team that went on to win the treble, including the Champions League and the La Liga trophies during the 2014/15 season.

Deportivo La Coruna suffered a second straight defeat under Clarence Seedorf, the Dutch coach's side losing 1-0 at Alaves to a scorching strike from former Barcelona loanee Munir El Haddadi. Las Palmas remains in the relegation zone.

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