Barcelona and Messi end year on a high

Lionel Messi
Barcelona capped a magnificent and record-breaking year with a decisive 3-1 win over Real Valladolid, in a win dedicated to manager, Tito Vilanova, despite a late-game scare by Valladolid.

Lionel Messi also scored his 91st goal of the year, to further extend the 85 goal record he broke a while back.

All the pre game talk dwelt on the illness of team coach, Tito Vilanova, with stand-in manager, Jordi Roura, refusing to make any comments.
On the pitch however, it was business as usual.

Resistance
Xavi broke the resistance of Valladolid in the 43rd minute when he shot the visitors ahead.
Lionel Messi made it two in the 59th minute, but the home side tried to make a contest of it when they pulled a goal back through Javi Guerra with a minute left.

Christian Tello snuffed out whatever joy that lone strike may have brought, when scored a third for Barcelona four minutes into injury time, to again exteng the lead at the top to nine points.

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