Draw disrupts Barcelona championship hopes

Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas in action with Barcelona's Gerard Pique. Miguel Vidal Reuters

Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas in action with Barcelona's Gerard Pique. Miguel Vidal Reuters

Barcelona's title hopes suffered a hammer blow on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo, handing Real Madrid the chance to move two points clear at the top of La Liga. With a kinder run-in than the Catalans, the trophy appears to be Madrid's to lose.

"The feeling is a negative one", AFP quoted Suarez as saying after the match. "But we now have to rely on Madrid to fall factors". For Barcelona Messi has scored 629 goals and provided 250 assists, which makes him the club's all-time leading player for both goals and assists.

But Barcelona's defensive frailties harm them once more and Celta must even have won it in injuries-time, only for Nolito to miss a golden opportunity at the again publish.

Celta may have gone into the game 16th in the table but they represented a clear and present danger to Barca's hopes of retaining their title.

"We should have managed the game better when we had the advantage but we must also give credit to Celta Vigo", he said.

But with everyone expecting a shot, Messi clipped a cross towards the post, where Suarez headed in.

However, sloppy play in midfield from Ivan Rakitic allowed Iago Aspas to put Okay Yokuslu away and the Turkey global crossed for Fedor Smolov to level matters.

Suarez added a second on 67 minutes, spinning his marker inside the box to finish instinctively into the far corner of the net after being set up by Messi, but it was Aspas who had the final say, curling a low free-kick around the Barca wall to catch Marc-Andre Ter Stegen off guard.

Celta look invigorated but Barca landed a sucker-punch.

"It's a disappointing feeling, we lost two very important points in the fight for the title", Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said.

Devastated with how things have been going on in the dressing room, Suarez called for the team to regroup and try to figure out how to win the remaining crucial matches of the season.

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