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LaLiga: Rakitic is the hero as Barcelona returns to the top in Spain

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LaLiga: Rakitic is the hero as Barcelona returns to the top in Spain

The battle for the likely winner of the LaLiga Santander in Spain between Real Madrid and Barcelona continues as Barcelona returned to the top of the league and three-point clear of Real Madrid after defeating Athletic Bilbao one-nil at Camp Nou.

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Athletic Bilbao played a first half goalless draw with the Catalans before Rakitic breaks the deadlock in the second half.

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The Croatia International midfielder solitary goal gave Barcelona the maximum point.

Youngsters Ruqui Puig and Ansu Fati also impressed in the game after coming on.

Arthur Melo, who is rumoured to be on his way to Italy to join Juventus started the match in Camp Nou.

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Barcelona and Juventus are said to have agreed a deal around €73M for Arthur to join the Old Lady.

Ivan Rakitic lashed onto Lionel Messi’s effort to score the only goal of the night.

Lionel Messi is still looking to score a milestone 700 career goals as his goals currently stand at 699.
Meanwhile, French attacker, Antoine Griezmann struggle in front of goal continues.

Griezmann is performing below expectations this campaign after moving to Barcelona last year.

The attacker was Athletico Madrid poster before he joined Barcelona.

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His assist of the night was his 250th for Barcelona in all competition.

The best chance of the night for the away team fell to Raul Garcia who wasted the glorious opportunity.

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Ter Stegen parried an effort into his direction but the attacker could not convert it.

Either Real Madrid or Barcelona will have to lose or draw a match in their remaining fixtures for the other to win the title.

Barcelona is the current holder and defending champion while Real Madrid is ready to give it all to win the title again.

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This season LaLiga campaign is set to be one of the most keenly contested between the Spanish giants in recent times.

Only three points separating both teams with Real Madrid playing one and less.

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