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Barcelona's title hopes dim after a draw at Celta Vigo

June 27, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Real Madrid took a firm grip on the title race in Spain's La Liga without even playing after archrival Barcelona dropped two points at Celta Vigo despite Luis Suarez's double.

(CNN)Real Madrid took a firm grip on the title race in Spain's La Liga without even playing after archrival Barcelona dropped two points at Celta Vigo despite Luis Suarez's double.

Iago Aspas' free kick in the 88th minute earned Celta a 2-2 draw after Suarez had twice given Barcelona the lead with assists from his pal Lionel Messi on both occasions.

The result means Barcelona moved ahead of Real Madrid by a point atop the standings but Los Blancos have played one fewer game and hold the advantage if the teams finish tied on points by virtue of having a better head-to-head record.

"We've got little margin for error now and in theory, we have to win all our games and hope our rival slips up," Barcelona manager Quique Setien was quoted as saying by Marca.

Barcelona's struggles at Vigo continued, having won only once in the league there since 2015.

While Barcelona was able to breach Celta Vigo's defense, the away side itself couldn't defend.

Suarez gave Barcelona a 20th minute lead, catching Vigo off guard.

With the Barcelona defense out of position in the 50th minute, Vigo went forward on a 2-on-1 break.

Suarez's clinical finish inside the box in the 67th minute restored Barcelona's advantage before Aspas' low free kick around the wall completely caught out Barcelona keeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

Barcelona now hope that hometown rival Espanyol can do them a favor Sunday when it hosts Real Madrid.

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