European roundup: Lionel Messi’s wait goes on as Barcelona return top of La Liga

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The Croatia international’s previous goal came back in March 2019.

Barcelona went back to the top of LaLiga after alternative Ivan Rakitic scored for the first time in 15 months to make a slim 1-0 success over Athletic Bilbao

Midfielder Rakitic made the definitive contribution with simply 19 minutes staying at the Nou Camp, racing on to Lionel Messi‘s cool pass to absolutely rifle the ball beyond Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simon

The Croatia international’s previous goal, which came back in March 2019, had actually protected Barca a 1-0 win away to Real Madrid.

1 GOAL= 3 POINTS! pic.twitter.com/NSbvOU7brv

— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 23, 2020

His newest scoring contribution sufficed to move the ruling Spanish champions 3 points above strong competitors Real, albeit having actually played a game more.

Atletico Madrid climbed up into 3rd spot following a narrow 1-0 triumph at mid-table Levante.

Diego Simeone‘s visitors were reliant on an early own goal from Levante defender Bruno Gonzalez to climb up above Sevilla in their mission for a location in next season’s Champions League.

Thomas Partey likewise had a second-half goal prohibited for the visitors, who have actually now taken 10 points from a possible 12 considering that the league resumed.

@Simeone has actually equated to Luis Aragonés as the Atlético de Madrid coach with the most wins in the history of @LaLigaEN (194).

⚪ #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/QoRYbyt7PK

— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) June 23, 2020

In other places, fifth-placed Getafe needed to choose a point at Real Valladolid. Jaime Mata put the high-flying visitors ahead however Enes Unal equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half- time.

In Italy, sixth-placed Napoli improved their hopes of European certification with
a 2-0 triumph at Verona.

Arkadiusz Milik’s 10 th Serie A goal of the season and a late strike from alternative Hirving Lozano made success for Gennaro Gattuso’s Coppa Italia winners.

On a Chucky ambiance! #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/4bPDIMq6tX

— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) June 23, 2020

Parma stay in hot pursuit of Gattuso’s men following an Andreas Cornelius hat-trick during an emphatic 4-1 win at relegation-threatened Genoa.

Former Cardiff striker Cornelius put the visitors in overall control with his treble, prior to Dejan Kulusevski finished the scoring late on after alternative Iago Falque had actually minimized the deficit with a penalty.

Domenico Criscito missed out on a spot- kick for the hosts when they tracked 1-0.

Somewhere Else, Andrea Belotti declared a first-half winner as Torino beat Udinese 1-0, while second- bottom SPAL slipped closer to transfer after a significant injury-time strike from Giovanni Simeone made a 1-0 success for Cagliari.

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