Football: Messi scores 700th goal but Atletico draw hurts Barca's title hopes

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid. PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Lionel Messi scored his 700th career goal but Barcelona suffered a blow to their La Liga title hopes after a 2-2 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (June 30).

Messi chipped in a penalty to reach another astonishing milestone at Camp Nou but twice Atletico hit back with spot-kicks of their own, Saul Niguez converting both after Barca took an early lead through Diego Costa's own-goal.

The result gives Real Madrid the chance to move four points clear at the top of the table if they can overcome Getafe at home on Wednesday, a formidable lead with five games left.

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