(Video) Goal: Cordoba 0-1 Barcelona: Ivan Rakitic breaks the deadlock

In-form Barcelona have finally taken the lead against rock-bottom Cordoba in their La Liga clash thanks to an emphatic effort from Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

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The goal comes three minutes before the interval and is as a reward for the Catalan giants who have been the better side throughout the first half and now have the breakthrough as Rakitic fired home from just inside the area as he managed to stay onside.

With the Champions League semi-final tie against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on the horizon manager Luis Enrique has taken nothing for granted and named a strong line-up with the brilliant front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all starting the game.

A win for the league leaders will see them open up a five-point lead over fierce rivals and second placed Real Madrid who face a tricky test later on in the day against a Seviila side that is unbeaten at home in the league this season.

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