A team positioned in and around the drop zone is said to be the most trickiest to play against especially when your team is in the race for the league title. But I say going with the results in England and Italy, the team with the least to play for is the most dangerous. They are relaxed and have nothing to lose except to go for it. FC Barcelona found that out Sunday and with this negative results kaput goes the chance to win La Liga for the Catalans. Celta impressive in counter attacking, they were 100% on shots on target 4/4 and it took Barca 21 shots to get the same number of shots on target. Wow, and with Messi and Griezmann in attack? Messi was Celta’s tormentor in chief in that first half and finally scored on 28 minutes to open the scoring WITH A HEADER of all things. Santi Mina replied with seven to go to half time. The Celta number 22 gave Ter Stegen the eyes on the edge of the box , wrong footing the German keeper to score against the run of play.
Santi Mina would have the final say at the end but first came the most crucial moment of the match. Barca defender Lenglet received his marching orders from the ref after a crude tackle on former Liverpool red Iago Aspas which was worth a red on its own but lucky to get a second yellow here. Santi Mina’s second and Barca’s title knockout blow had an element of a striker’s intuition about it, right place and right time on 88 minutes. A cross from Solari on the right edge of the Barca box ended up being a shot at goal which cannoned off the Barca right hand post onto the waiting foot of Mina who made no mistake. The three horse race not a two horse Madrid race with Real and Atleti going into the final day in second and first respectively on 81 and 83 points. Real will face Villarreall at home whilst Atleti will be away in Valladollid. Both teams from the capital won this weekend. Barca are out of the race on 76 points.