Barcelona saw their title charge come to an end when Celta Vigo beat them at Camp Nou to secure a win in their final home game of the season.
A home defeat by a 2-1 margin against Celta Vigo meant that Barcelona can no more win La Liga this season.
Things started well for the Catalan side as they penned the visitors back, enjoying huge spells of dominance and saw their pressure pay off when Lionel Messi headed home from a pinpoint Sergio Busquets cross. Celta finally crossed the Barcelona half and with their first foray into enemy lines in the first half, Santi Mina drew the Galician outfit level with Marc-Andre ter Stegen unsighted.
The second half resumed familiarly with the hosts enjoying the bulk of possession and just as it seemed Barcelona would have to settle for a point which would have ended their title bid, Celta poured salt over the wound as Santi Mina bagged a late winner to bring the curtain down at Camp Nou on a topsy-turvy season for the Blaugrana.
What were the talking points from matchday 37’s upset in Catalonia?
BARCELONA FAIL TO CAPITALIZE ON A BRIGHT START
Barca were the better team for the first 30 minutes, dominating possession and managing to create good situations against a low block from Celta, who didn’t press as high as they usually do and had nothing to offer on the counter. Messi would drop deep as usual and looked extremely dangerous on the ball, but there was not much of a push to score the goals.
The second half continued in similar fashion, but this time around, Barcelona did create a few half chances. Martin Braithwaite missed a sitter which could’ve changed the complexion of the game. Considering that both Madrid clubs won their respective matches, Barcelona are now rooted to third place and a finish even in the second place is beyond them, mathematically.