Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the match as Barcelona battled to a lone goal win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday at Camp Nou.
With the win, Barcelona now have an eight-point cushion at the summit of the La Liga table.
Atletico entered the match having won their last few matches in all competitions, and a victory for the visitors would have moved them to within two points of the leaders after 27 matches of the 2017-18 campaign.
Messi’s first-half free kick decided the match, however, as Barcelona picked up a huge three points.
Barcelona will next face Brown Ideye’s Malaga in their next La Liga outing.
Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter: @tundeyeludini