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Lionel Messi double against Valencia keeps Barcelona's title hopes alive

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a vital 3-2 victory over Valencia and stay within touching distance of the top of La Liga.

(CNN)Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a vital 3-2 victory over Valencia and stay within touching distance of the top of La Liga.

In a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish domestic season, there are now just two points separating Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, which faces Atletico on Saturday.

Gabriel gave Valencia the lead shortly after halftime in Sunday's game at the Mestalla Stadium when he headed in from a corner, but Barcelona scored three goals in 11 minutes to overturn the deficit.

Carlos Soler's long-range effort made it a tense final few minutes for Barcelona, but the visiting side held on.

After losing to Grenada on Thursday, the victory moved Barcelona level on points with second-placed Real Madrid with four games remaining in the season.

Atalanta's failure to win at Sassuolo, combined with Inter's 2-0 victory over Crotone on Saturday, gave Antonio Conte's side an unassailable lead at the top of the league.

Juventus, whose run of nine consecutive league titles has been ended by Inter, needed two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo on Sunday to secure a 2-1 victory against Udinese.

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