Spanish striker Iago Aspas netted a late equaliser to snatch a point for Celta Vigo in the interesting game.
Barcelona took the lead after 20 minutes, with Luis Suarez heading home at the back post after some ingenuity from Lionel Messi. With two Celta Vigo players on the goal line to prevent the freekick from finding the net, the Argentine instead clipped a disguised delivery to Suarez who scored his first goal after recovering from a knee injury.
Celta Vigo created most scoring chance of the game, Brais Mendez struck the post before they equalised in the second half, with Fedor Smolov finishing from close range after some good work by Yokuslu.
Suarez scored his second goal on the 67 minutes with another set up by Messi. The Argentine has now provided 17 assists in La Liga this season, nine more than the next player., but it was Aspas who had the final say, curling a low freekick around the Barca wall to catch Marc-Andre Ter Stegen off guard.
“It’s the coach’s role to analyze the result. We give our everything we have for the team. We have lost two very important points. There is a feeling of frustration even though there are still games left. Celta are fighting not to relegate and they have great players.” Suarez said after the match.” Suarez said after the game.
The result means Real Madrid will take a two-point lead at the top of Laliga if they overcome Espanyol on Sunday night.
Barcelona will host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night before travelling to Villarreal next weekend for another tricky test.
Celta Vigo Player’s Ratings
Starting XI: Blanco (6); Vazquez (6), Aidoo (7), Saenz (6), Araujo (6), Gonzalez (5); Mendez (6), Okay (7), Suarez (6); Aspas (6), Smolov (6).
Subs: Nolito (5), Rafinha (8), Bradaric (6), Murillo (7), Santa Mina (5).
Barcelona Player’s Ratings
Starting XI: Ter Stegen (7); Semedo (6), Pique (7), Umtiti (6), Alba (7); Vidal (6), Rakitic (8), Puig (7); Messi (7), Suarez (8*), Fati (7).
Subs: Braithwaite (5), Griezmann (5), Firpo (5), Arthur (5).