Title blow for Barcelona, Real Madrid in pole position to win La Liga

Title blow for Barcelona, Real Madrid in pole position to win La Liga

Barcelona’s title hopes suffered damage on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo, giving Real Madrid the chance to move two points clear at the top of La Liga.

Uruguayan Luis Suarez put his team in front at Balaidos twice with his first goals since late January but Celta's best player Iago Aspas bent in a late free-kick to earn Celta a draw, in what could prove a crucial moment in the title race.

Well, it could have been worse. In the last seconds of injury time, Celta's Nolito only had to tap in from point-blank range but failed to find his spot and Ter Stegen reacted well to stop the total disaster and save at least some hope for Blaugrana. 

“The feeling is a negative one,” disappointed Suarez said after the game.

“If we want to stay in the title race and have it in our hands we have to win all our games. But we now have to rely on Madrid to drop points.” 

Barca have an even harder match on Tuesday, against Atletico Madrid, who shows a good spirit in a late fightback from Alaves to win their last match 2-1.  

Atletico are now more relaxed as they have four points of advantage to their first successors, Sevilla.

On Sunday, Real Madrid used the chance to overcome rivals on the table, beating Barca's local rivals Espanyol with a minimal result and are now two points above the rivals.

A brilliant back-heeled pass by Karim Benzema helped Los Blancos take a step toward reclaiming the La Liga crown with a 1-0 win at RCD Espanyol.

“I see things, that is what football is to me,” Benzema said. “The assist is good, but Casemiro puts it in and gave us the three points.

[The win] is very important. I won’t say that we don’t pay attention to Barca, of course, we do, but we are focused on our matches and each game left is a final for us.”

Hosts Espanyol were coached by sports director Francisco Rufete, ex-player who stepped in after the club fired Abelardo Fernandez before the match versus Real.

The next six rounds will decide the new La Liga winner.

Reportedly, Barcelona players are not satisfied with Quique Setien's tactics while Zinedine Zidane is focused on lifting another trophy in his short and amazing managerial career.

Standings provided by SofaScore LiveScore


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