The view from Spain

Barcelona create clear path to title

December 17, 2012
By Dermot Corrigan
In the end the only surprise was that Messi took his time about it, not scoring at all until the 57th minute and not getting his second of the game until the 87th. But he got there, and after yet another double in Sunday night's 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou, the Argentine has now scored a brace in his last eight consecutive Barca games.

As most people with a passing acquaintance with football know, that stretched his record calendar-year tally to 90. It is also now 25 in ...

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