Barcelona’s expectations of winning LaLiga for a third progressive season endured a blow as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo – giving Real Madrid a gigantic lift in the title race.
Luis Suarez scored a support – both of his objectives helped by Lionel Messi – as Barca twice held the lead out and about on Saturday.
Notwithstanding, after Fedor Smolov had evened out before in the subsequent half, Iago Aspas nestled into 88th-minute free-kick to bring Celta level again in a see-saw challenge in Galicia.
The hosts botched a brilliant chance to grab triumph in the end minutes as well, Nolito taking shots directly at Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the wake of being set up Denis Suarez.
While the outcome is sufficient to move Barca a point clear at the culmination, Madrid – who holds the no holds barred edge over their opponents – can retake the best position insofar as they stay away from rout at Espanyol on Sunday.