La Liga review

Messi bags another record in Celta draw

March 30, 2013

Lionel Messi became the first player in history to score for the 19th consecutive league game as Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo.

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GettyImagesLionel Messi scored in a record-breaking 19th straight game for Barcelona

The Argentina international is no stranger to treading new ground and his 73rd-minute goal swept home from inside the box meant he has scored in 19 successive Primera Division matches.

In doing so he has found the net against every other side in the competition - the first player to ever do that in consecutive matches - and he has 29 goals from his last 19.

The goal would not be the winner, though, with Borja Oubina's late header earning Celta a point after Naxto Insa's opener was earlier scrubbed out by Cristian Tello's goal.

Real Madrid missed the chance to make things slightly less comfortable for Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they were held 1-1 by relegation-fighting Real Zaragoza at La Romareda.

Barca's draw meant second-placed Madrid could have trimmed their arch rivals' lead to 11 points if they could beat Zaragoza and claim a seventh successive league victory.

However, like Barca, they had to settle for just a point with Rodri putting Zaragoza ahead early on before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled things up just before the break with his 28th La Liga goal of the campaign.

Neither side could go on to force a winner in the second half, with Marcelo hitting the post for Madrid and both goalkeepers making a number of vital interventions.

Malaga temporarily reclaimed fourth spot in the Primera Division table with a 3-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano.

Weligton gave Manuel Pellegrini's side the lead but Piti levelled for the hosts from the penalty spot.

Former Real Madrid forward Julio Baptista scored his first goal in 18 months to restore Malaga's lead early in the second half before Pedro Morales secured all three points with a wonderful goal.

A strike by Ruben Garcia was enough to guide Levante to their first victory since January 26 as they enjoyed a 1-0 win over Sevilla.

Ruben struck five minutes before half-time and although the visitors rallied late on they could not force an equaliser as Levante picked up their first win since beating Valladolid.

Victory sees the hosts leapfrog today's opponents to go 10th in the Primera Division.