Messi was hauled to the ground in the first half by a diving Unai Bustinza wrapping two arms around his waist and he was knocked over again in the second, this time earning a penalty, which he converted.
In February, Spain’s Cadena Ser radio network reported that a company hired by Barcelona used fake social media accounts to discredit opposition figures and even some of its players when they expressed views that went against the club.
Players of FC Barcelona have agreed to make some extra monetary contribution in addition to their 70 percent pay cut for the club to pay the wages of employees during the La Liga break and state of national emergency.
The victory took Barcelona level on 52 points with Real Madrid, who lead the Spanish league standings on goal difference and host Celta Vigo on Sunday. Getafe stay third on 42.
While his predecessor Ernesto Valverde won two La Liga titles in two years, and has the team top once again at the halfway point this season, Setien, apart from some success in Spain’s third tier in 2011, has no coaching honours to his name.
Messi's strike saw Barca return to the top of the standings with 31 points after 14 games, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference, while Atletico were left in sixth spot on 25 points, having played one match more than the two pacesetters.
Barcelona Vice President Jordi Cardoner, however, denied the Spanish soccer club was in contact with Neymar amid reports the Brazil striker wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona continued their preparation, on the eve of their Champions League semi-finals first leg clash with Liverpool at Camp Nou.
Santiago Solari marks his 100th day in charge of Real Madrid with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, 101 days after his predecessor's reign ended with a 5-1 thrashing to the Catalans.
The Red Devils' overall value increased five percent compared to 2017 to more than $3.77 billion, beating Real Madrid on $3.42 billion and FC Barcelona on $3.3 billion.
A win against Deportivo La Coruna allows Barcelone to secure their 25th La Liga title, and first since 2016, with four games to spare.
Barcelona is only the third team in the tournament's history to have won four successive tournaments on the trot.
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