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Reigning Spanish La Liga champs Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in Sunday’s league match to maintain their lead.

Barcelona’s Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi scored a late winner to keep his team on top of the La Liga.

Barca moved above Real Madrid on goal difference with this victory on Sunday night.

The runners-up Real Madrid also defeated Alaves 2-1 in an away match on Saturday.

After the week 14, Barcelona with 31 points were followed by Real Madrid with same points.

The La Liga giants, Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet in the famous El Clasico showdown in December.

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