Barcelona eased to a 4-1 win over Real Betis despite Lionel Messi's withdrawal after 21 minutes due to injury. Villareal came from behind to draw against Atletico Madrid, with two own goals scored in a 1-1 draw.
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Lionel Messi came on on as a substituteand had an immediate impact for Barcelona, scoring twice as Barça beat Real Betis 4-2 in La Liga while Sevilla secured a 3-0 victory over Espanyol.
Atletico Madrid failed to cut down Barcelona's La Liga lead with a 0-0 draw in Malaga, while Real Betis and Real Sociedad has their goal-fest finish at 3-3 and Mallorca ambitions of staying up were bolstered by a 2-1 win at Granada.
Parma have announced the signing of Colombia international striker Dorlan Pabon from Atletico Nacional on a five-year contract.
Workers around the globe may be enjoying a well earned rest for Labour Day, but it is business as usual in Latin America’s premier club competition as a raft of continental heavyweights begin the knockout phase.