Barcelona moved within a point of leaders Real Madrid at the top of La Liga with a narrow win at Real Valladolid.
Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the game and Lionel Messi racked up his 20th assist in La Liga this season to give tired looking Barca a 1-0 win away at Valladolid. This victory will keep the Barcelona’s slim title hopes intact.
La Liga Live : Barcelona beat Real Valladolid, Real Madrid still has slender 1 point lead and 1 match to play
Surprisingly Luis Suarez was left on the bench by Barca coach as Antoine Griezmann started in attack alongside Messi. Vidal scored the only goal, with a low effort into the bottom left corner from Lionel Messi’s pass.
The hosts had chances to level but were denied by poor finishing and Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Madrid, who have a game in hand, travel to Granada in their next game on Monday.
Had Barcelona failed to win, Zinedine Zidane’s side would have had the opportunity to clinch the title in their next fixture. As it stands, Real are a point clear with the advantage of a better head-to-head record.
La Liga Points Table after Saturday Games
Team P GD Pts
1 Real Madrid 35 43 80
2 Barcelona 36 44 79
3 Atl Madrid 36 22 66
4 Sevilla 35 17 63
5 Villarreal 35 12 57
6 Getafe 35 9 53
7 Real Sociedad 35 7 51
8 Valencia 35 -6 50