Perfection went out. It seemed for 85 minutes that there would be no story. Not this year. Not in Spain. Not for a team that seems to be just a bit too imperfect to immortalize.
Then Lionel Messi arrived. And perfection survived.
No Spanish team has ever survived a complete 38-game first division season unscathed seemed to catch up with Barcelona. The Catalans, hundreds of miles from home and with their starman on the bench, went back before half-time, then just behind.
But Messi, recovered from a thigh injury in the 58th minute arrived. Immediately the game turned around. The odds began to flow – at both ends.
But for 30 minutes the targets did not come. Barcelona needed two to avert a first defeat in 37 games – almost a full calendar year.
Then you did it. Luis Suarez scratched the first home in a corner. A minute later, Messi rolled in the equalizer. And the unbeaten eight-game season is incredible, still on track.
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