Result: Osasuna 1-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi
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Lionel Messi scores twice in the closing stages to give Barcelona all three points against ten-man Osasuna.

A brace from Lionel Messi saw Barcelona come from a goal behind to claim maximum points from their trip to Osasuna this evening.

Despite dominating large parts of the first half, Barca found themselves a goal down at the break courtesy of a volley from Joseba Llorente in the 17th minute.

The introduction of Pedro and Xavi handed Barca a great attacking impetus after the restart as they began to exert some real pressure on their hosts.

However, it was Osasuna who should have added to their tally with 70 minutes played. Substitute Nino found himself with just Victor Valdes to beat, but he sent his effort wide via the upright.

Barca eventually grabbed the equaliser with 76 minutes played when Alexis Sanchez squared the ball for a stretching Messi, who slotted the ball into the net. In the aftermath of that goal, Osasuna's Francisco Punal was handed his marching orders for the level of his protest.

The away side made their numerical advantage count ten minutes from time as Messi sent the ball into the bottom corner of the net following a pass from full-back Jordi Alba.

Osasuna pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages, but Barca held firm.

Tito Vilanova
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Real Madrid14104037122534
2Barcelona1484234151928
3Sevilla148332520527
4Atletico MadridAtletico1474328111725
5Villarreal146531910923
6Real Sociedad137242214823
7EibarEibar146442016422
8Athletic Bilbao146351716121
9Celta Vigo146352426-221
10Las PalmasLas Palmas135442421319
11Espanyol144731717019
12Malaga135442119219
13AlavesAlaves134451316-316
14Real Betis144371728-1115
15Leganes144281125-1414
16Valencia133281724-711
17Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo132471323-1010
18Sporting GijonSporting Gijon132381227-159
19Granada141581330-178
20Osasuna131481226-147
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