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Barcelona's Lionel Messi completed a quest to score against every top-flight team in La Liga by finding the net in a 5-0 win over Las Palmas.
Victory at home to Real Betis on Saturday was Atletico's third consecutive win.
A dogged performance from a slightly under-par Atletico Madrid was enough to see off a spirited Real Betis outfit 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon.
Javier Mascherano says Lionel Messi and Barcelona need each other amid the soap opera which has been generated by his ongoing contract renewal.
Vidal was among those to shoulder the blame for September's shock defeat to Alaves and he did not feature for Barca again until November.
Luis Suarez brought up 102 goals for Barcelona and Lionel Messi grabbed his customary goal in a 5-0 rout of Las Palmas on Saturday.