Henry nodded home on the half-hour mark to keep the Catalans seven points behind bitter rivals Real Madrid - who earlier beat Atletico Madrid in the capital´s derby match - in the race for the championship.
Messi was widely expected to return to the Barcelona line-up following five weeks on the sidelines, but the Argentina winger started on the bench. With Ronaldinho injured and Samuel Eto´o in Ghana for the African Cup of Nations, it was therefore a new-look strikeforce for Frank Rijkaard´s side.
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