Lionel Messi scores wonderful free-kick against Espanyol

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The Spanish league title is going right down to the wire, and cometh the hour cometh the man; Lionel Messi has stepped up for Barcelona.

The Catalan club, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are separated by just a point at the top of the table with two games left.

Barcelona and Atleti are tied on points but the former's superior head-to-head record means that if they win their last two games, neither Madrid side can stop them from winning the title.

Diego Simeone's side are doing all they can to heap the pressure on their rivals with all three teams kicking off at the same time this afternoon. Fernando Torres gave Atletico the lead against Levante just minutes after kick-off, moving them (temporarily) to the top of the table. 

After a laboured performance against Real Betis last week, some Barcelona fans may have been fearing the same again and a nervy 90 minutes - but then up stepped Messi.

The home side won a free-kick around 25 yards from goal with eight minutes on the clock. The Argentinian genius stepped up and placed his shot perfectly in the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Pau Lopez with no chance. 

You can check out the video of the goal below:

Can either Madrid side stop Barcelona from winning the title?

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