Lionel Messi bags another brace (89 & 90 in 2012!) as Barcelona hit Atletico Madrid for 4

Barcelona 4 – Atletico Madrid 1 (La Liga, December 16, 2012) (Alternative highlights, Additional highlightsRadamel Falcao had the first real chance of the game, heading against the post. On the half hour Radamel Falcao was not to be denied, as he raced from the halfway line and chipped Valdes for 1-0 Atletico. Almost immediately, Adriano equalised with a glorious strike into the top corner. Just before half-time Barcelona had turned it around with Sergio Busquets scoring from a scrappy corner. Just before the hour Lionel Messi wriggled free and scored his 89th goal of 2012 for 3-1. Of course, with minutes remaining, Lionel Messi completed his brace – for the 8th successive match (in which he started)!

GIF: Adriano Golazo v Atletico Madrid.

GIF: Lionel Messi goal v Atletico Madrid.

GIF: Lionel Messi (2) v Atletico Madrid.

Mad! Pitch invader hugs Lionel Messi at end of Barcelona’s win over Atletico Madrid.

Thiago Alcantara’s amazing control in Barcelona’s win over Atletico Madrid.

Sergio Busquets: “The second half was much better”.

Tito Vilanova: “We have a lot of points, but it hasn’t been easy”.