Lionel Messi scored a 90th-minute penalty for his second goal of the night to give Barcelona a 2-1 win over lowly Leganes in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi's spot-kick, following a questionable penalty after Neymar tumbled in the area, saved Barcelona from a second demoralizing result this week after a 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday. Coach Luis Enrique, however, acknowledged that the match was far from uplifting for a team that is staring at elimination from European competition and is trailing Real Madrid in La Liga.
Italy international Simone Zaza scored his first goal for Valencia as the La Liga strugglers picked up their first win in four games to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 and move seven points clear of the relegation zone on Sunday. Former Manchester United winger Nani poked home the opening goal in the 13th minute while Zaza, who struggled at another Premier League club West Ham United, sealed the win with a scrappy finish in first-half injury time. Ernesto Valverde became Athletic's longest serving coach by taking charge of his 290th game in all competitions but his squad rotations after Thursday's 3-2 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Europa League backfired.
Iconic Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa, known as 'el Loco' for his intense 'all in' style, is returning to France as manager of Lille, the newly bought out Ligue 1 club said on Sunday. "Lille and the Argentine coach have signed a two years deal which comes into effect in July," Lille announced. Rumours had been ripe that Bielsa, who handled Argentina and Chile before succesful stints at Athletic Bilbao and Marseille, would join the struggling northerners who were French champions in 2011.