Messi leads Barca fightback against fearless Alaves

Coutinho played the final 22 minutes against Espanyol

Coutinho played the final 22 minutes against Espanyol

Barcelona sit 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga but now turn their attentions to their Copa del Rey class with Valencia on Thursday night (8.30pm).

Suarez finally levelled for the Catalans in the 72nd minute, scoring for the eighth league game in a row after some impressive saves from visiting goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco had kept Barca at bay, while Messi's sumptuous free-kick in the 84th gave them a seventh consecutive league win.

Lionel Messi scored a superb free-kick to save Barcelona's unbeaten league record, beating Alaves 2-1 on Sunday evening.

Coutinho made little impression on the match in his first start for Barcelona since joining from Liverpool for £145million earlier this month.

Messi whipped home a attractive free-kick six minutes from the end to down resilient Alaves, who are just two points from the drop zone in 17th despite John Guidetti silencing the Camp Nou with a shock breakaway opener in the 23rd minute. "It was a complicated match", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

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"He did well, he wanted the ball. I have the feeling that we have dodged a bullet". He got on the ball, he was asking for it, he was involved in the play, wide and through the middle.

Overall, though, Valverde was relieved to pick up the three points after spending nearly 50 minutes behind chasing the Basque side.

Atletico Madrid overcame the absence of injured striker Diego Costa to beat Las Palmas 3-0 while Sevilla was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Getafe due to a controversial equaliser in injury time.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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