Barcelona Frustrated by Celta Vigo in 2-2 Draw

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in 2019
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in 2019. Photo by Bagu Blanco/BPI/REX/Shutterstock (10209048s)

FC Barcelona drew with Celta Vigo in a 2-2 battle in Galicia on Saturday afternoon, further sinking the Blaugrana’s ever-dwindling title hopes.

Their loss, in combination with Real Madrid’s 1-0 win against Espanyol on Sunday night, means that the two-time reigning La Liga champions now trail their bitter foes by two points in the standings with six matches left to play.

Barcelona got out to a 0-1 lead just before the 20-minute mark of the match when Leo Messi made a brilliant free-kick assist to Luis Suarez, who headed the ball into the net.

They took their lead into halftime, however, Celta was able to tie it up in the 50th minute after a Fedor Smolov goal.

Luis Suarez, however, found the net again for his second goal on the day only 17 minutes later to score a goal that the Cules hoped would be all they needed to bring home 3 crucial points.

However, Celta forward Iago Aspas scored a brilliant curved free-kick goal that Marc Andre ter Stegen could do nothing to defend in the final minutes of the match, ensuring that Barcelona would go home with only a point.

Barcelona, which now trails Real Madrid by 2 points in the standings and would lose a theoretical tie-breaker, now has huge pressure to win out in its final 6 games in order to make a title push.