Things didn’t go so well for last season’s top three La Liga contenders. Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona all came away with only one point after Wednesday’s fixtures. However, despite the disappointing results, Barcelona have a darker shadow over them after their star talisman Lionel Messi has been declared to be out for three weeks after suffering a groin injury.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid only managed to draw 1-1 in their La Liga clash last night. It means that even if Real Madrid also just came away with a point against Villarreal, neither team managed to close the gap to Real Madrid at the top of the table. Not only that, Sevilla now sits in second place ahead of both Barcelona and Atletico.
Lionel Messi was the biggest casualty of the evening after ESPN reported that he will have to be out of competition for the next three weeks. He fell to the ground just after half time, and was eventually taken out of the game in the 59th minute. While there were concerns about a recurring left groin injury, Barcelona reassures fans that this time around, the problem lies with Messi’s right groin area. This erases speculations that his previous injury is turning into a chronic problem
Arda Turan came in the place of Messi, and the game turned around quickly. Barcelona had been leading at the half thanks to a header by Ivan Rakitic. The ESPN match report states that Atletico Madrid managed to equalize almost immediately after Messi left the pitch. Fernando Torres made a fine assist to help Angel Correa find the back of the net.
Meanwhile, apart from Messi, Barcelona faced more health concerns during the match. Sergio Busquets also exited the pitch prematurely after half time. His early departure was blamed on the flu, the same affliction that kept Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo away from last weekend’s fixtures.