Messi scores 700th goal, Barcelona held 2-2 by Atletico Madrid

Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal for club and country before Atletico Madrid came back to draw 2-2 in the Spanish league and deal Barcelona's title hopes a major blow.

Barcelona's third draw in four rounds left it in second place, one point behind leader Real Madrid. Madrid hosts Getafe on Thursday with a chance to open up a four-point lead with five more matches remaining.

Barcelona was two points ahead of Madrid when the league was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak.

While Madrid has won five of five since the resumption after a three-month stoppage, Barcelona has only won three of six. The pressure is increasing on coach Quique Seti n, who took over the team in mid-season with the task of rekindling its attacking spirit.

"It is too bad because we keep dropping points and getting further and further away from the title," Seti n said on Tuesday.

"But we have to keep fighting."

 

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