Atletico Madrid 1 – Barcelona 2 (L Liga, February 26, 2012) (Longer highlights.) Lionel Messi thought he had put Barcelona 1-up when he tricked through the Atleti defence to score, but the ref spotted a handball in the attack and promptly booked the Flea. Barca scored in the 36th minute as Messi played in Cesc who rolled the ball across the box where Dani Alves steamed in for the opener. Also flash-points in the first half included a wonderful piece of skill from Lionel Messi, while at the end of the half Cesc Fabregas engaged in an aggressive foul on JuanFran. Atleti equalised minutes after the restart as Radamel Falcao volleyed home a flick-on from a corner. Nine minutes from time Lionel Messi curled home a majestic free-kick which kept Barca’s faint title hopes just about alive.
Post-match interview: Pep Guardiola: “We’re not going to win the Liga BBVA”.