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Late Celta Vigo equalizer dents Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes

A late equaliser by Celta Vigo forced champions Barcelona to settle for a 2-2 draw in the La Liga on Saturday.

Although Barca moved to top spot in the league, the draw has forced a drop of important points as second-placed Real Madrid have a game in hand.

This is the second time since the resumption of the league this month, that Barca have been held to a draw, piling up pressure on the club with respect to the title race.

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Lionel Messi, who is seeking to bag his 700th career goal, made two assists to help Luiz Suarez bag a brace – in the 20th and 67th minutes.

Celta, who are unbeaten in their last five home matches against Barcelona in La Liga, earlier equalised 1-1 in the 50th minute through Fedor Smolov from Okay Yokuslu’s pass.

Barca thought they were taking all three points home when, in the final few minutes, Iago Aspas equalized 2-2 to dent their title hopes.

The point takes Barca top of La Liga, but Real could go two points clear if they beat Espanyol on Sunday.

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