Actual Madrid stay eight factors adrift of Barcelona on the prime of La Liga after failing to interrupt down Athletic Bilbao in a zero-zero stalemate as captain Sergio Ramos noticed the twenty fourth pink card of his profession.
Earlier, Celta Vigo turned the primary workforce this season to take factors off Barcelona on the Nou Camp in an exciting 2-2 draw.
Atletico Madrid took benefit of Barca’s stumble as Antoine Griezmann’s winner towards his former membership two minutes from time earned a tough-fought 2-1 win over Actual Sociedad to maneuver to inside six factors of the leaders.
Actual at the moment are tied for fourth with Sevilla, who beat Deportivo la Coruna 2-zero on the day their coach Eduardo Berizzo was launched from hospital simply 4 days after present process an operation on a cancerous prostate tumour.
Celta have been a bogey aspect for Barca in recent times, beating the Catalans as soon as in every of the previous three seasons.
A constructive begin from the Galicians on Celta boss Juan Carlos Unzue’s return to the Camp Nou, the place he spent three years as Luis Enrique’s assistant, was rewarded 20 minutes in when Aspas tapped house on the rebound after a shocking save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen had denied Maxi Gomez.
Celta’s lead lasted two minutes, although, as Messi latched onto Paulinho’s move to fireside low underneath Ruben Blanco for his first aim since late October.
Messi then took management of the sport as Barca pressed and eventually broke Celta’s resistence simply after the hour when his move freed Jordi Alba to tee up Suarez for his first aim on the Camp Nou in almost three months.
An finish-to-finish encounter swung again Celta’s method in a double blow for Barca.
Umtiti pulled up with a hamstring drawback that may maintain him out for eight weeks as he chased Aspas down the best and the Spanish worldwide then patiently picked out Gomez to fireside into an unguarded internet.
“It was a collection of unlucky incidents within the one transfer,” lamented Valverde.
“Above all for the damage to Samuel than to provide away the aim.”
Nevertheless, a nasty day for Barca wasn’t compounded by Actual slicing the hole on the prime because the European champions failed to attain for the third time of their final 9 La Liga video games in a recreation in need of clear-minimize possibilities in Bilbao.
“We knew earlier than the sport that we might minimize the hole. We deserved extra at present, however we could not get the aim,” stated Actual boss Zinedine Zidane.
“I’m not involved. I’m dissatisfied for the gamers as a result of, enjoying like that, it’s arduous to take. We have to assume positively and, if we play in that method, the objectives will come.”
Karim Benzema struck the submit with the guests greatest opening inside 10 minutes, however Actual additionally had Keylor Navas to thank for a pair of superb saves to disclaim Inaki Williams and Aritz Aduriz both aspect of half-time.
Cristiano Ronaldo was stored in verify by an Athletic aspect that had been eradicated by third tier Formentera within the Copa del Rey in midweek with the Portuguese’s solely probability coming when he clipped the surface of the submit 18 minutes from time.
And Madrid needed to see out the ultimate 5 minutes with 10 males when Ramos noticed pink for a second bookable offence when he led together with his arm in an aerial duel with Aduriz which means he’ll miss the go to of his former aspect Sevilla to the Santiago Bernabeu subsequent weekend.
In contrast to their native rivals, Atletico closed in on Barca with their first La Liga win at their new Wanda Metropolitano house since September as Griezmann’s return to type continued.
Diego Simeone’s males wanted to do it the exhausting means, although, as they conceded for the primary time in 5 video games when Jan Oblak introduced down Mikel Oyarzabal inside the world and Willian Jose blasted house from the penalty spot.
Scoring objectives has been Atletico’s drawback this season, however they discovered a breakthrough from an unlikely supply when left-again Filipe Luis reduce onto his proper foot to seek out the underside nook 27 minutes from time.
Nevertheless, Griezmann’s bravery was rewarded with a fourth objective in three video games when he slid in to satisfy Saul’s looping header regardless of being sandwiched between a Sociedad defender and the far publish.
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