By TRAVIS CLARK
For a club and player who had been scoring with ease the last three games, to go more than 70 minutes without a goal was rather unusual. That was the case for Lionel Messi and Barcelona Wednesday, unable to solve a well-organized Osasuna side for the majority of the match.
Someone had to step up, and it was Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who seized the goal-scoring mantle from Messi — who had a quiet game by his standards — breaking through in the 73rd minute. Youngster Bojan Krkic added a second to seal the 2-0 win.
With the La Liga title coming down to the wire, the win gives Barcelona a temporary three-point lead at the top of the table, with title rivals Real Madrid playing Getafe today.
Here's a few other stories for Thursday:
MEXICO DRAWS ICELAND
In front of over 63,000 fans in Charlotte, a Mexican team comprised mostly of World Cup-hopefuls couldn't come up with any goals, drawing Iceland 0-0. The match was an opportunity for Javier Aguirre to get a long look at a number of fringe players who failed to impress, at least offensively. A number of missed opportunities plagued Mexico, who were frustrated by a squad comprised heavily of amateurs from a country that has never qualified for the World Cup.
CELTIC EMBARRASSED BY ST. MIRREN, RANGERS OUT IN SCOTTISH CUP
Former New England Revolution midfielder Andy Dorman scored a brace as host St. Mirren humbled Scottish power Celtic 4-0. The loss leaves Rangers in firm control of the Scottish Premier League, 10 points ahead of their Glasgow counterparts with two games in hand. Rangers suffered bad news of their own, however, getting knocked out 1-0 in the Scottish Cup to Dundee United.
BAYERN REACH GERMAN CUP FINAL
Bayern Munich reached the final of the German Cup, eking out a 1-0 win over Schalke in extra time. Arjen Robben's winner in the 112th minute gave Bayern the win, and a chance at their 15th German Cup. They'll face Werder Bremen on May 15.
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