Messi briefly dragged Barca to within two points of leaders Atletico Madrid, who went on to beat Osasuna 2-1, but Santi’s brace created an insurmountable gap for Ronald Koeman’s men with just one league match remaining.
Browsing: Clement Lenglet
Messi finally got his first assist of the season when he picked out defender Clement Lenglet with a splendid cross and the Frenchman rose to head FC Barcelona in front after 21 minutes.
Strikes by Luis Suarez and Junior Firpo either side of halftime gave the Spanish champions their first win of the season on the road, although they finished with 10 men after Clement Lenglet’s dismissal.
Ernesto Valverde’s side were once again not at their fluent best but stepped up when required – Jordi Alba netting the 64th-minute winner as an instant response to Juanmi’s equaliser for Imanol Alguacil’s visitors
“The player will sign a contract with the club for the next five seasons, until June 2023, with a buy-out clause of 300 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.