Barcelona’s La Liga title hopes suffered another major Setback as Iago Aspas’ late free-kick condemned Quique Setien’s troops to a 2-2 draw away at 16th placed Celta Vigo.
Luis Suarez gave the Catalans the best start, nodding home Lionel Messi’s delightful free-kick in the 20th minute for his first goal in five months before the sky blues fought back through Fyodor Smolov who netted four minutes into the second half.
The Blaugrana restored their lead in the 67th minute as Suarez, who was once again set up by Messi, put his side on course for their first win at Celta Vigo since 2015 and a three-point gap above Real Madrid at the top of the standings.
However, Aspas’ last-gasp strike meant Barca had to settle for a share of the spoils at the Estadio de Balaidos as Celta continued their fine form to move eight points clear of the relegation places.
It could have been even worse for the Catalan giants had Nolito not picked out Marc-Andre Ter Stegen from close range with more than half the goal to aim at, but Barca held on for a point which takes them one clear of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga having played a game more.
Arch rivals Real Madrid now have the chance to take full advantage when they travel to Espanyol on Sunday evening.