Messi scores 600th goal as Barcelona beats Athletico 1-0

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Lionel Messi scored a sensational freekick to score his 600th career goal, helping FC Barcelona edge Athletico Madrid 1-0 at the Nou Camp.

His 20th minute strike strengthened the Catalans’ lead at the top to eight points.

Diego Simeone’s men pushed forward in the second half and had four forwards on the pitch for the last 30 minutes, but the visitors could not find a much-needed equaliser with Kevin Gamiero having his 85th-minute strike chalked off for offside.

Atletico remain in second on 61 points and seven points ahead of third-placed rivals Real Madrid.