Barcelona dropped point at las Palmas as Lionel Messi’s goal from the set piece at the 21st minute was cancelled out by Calleri’s goal from the spot barely three minutes of the second interval. The Spanish look to have sealed off the La liga race last month but recent slip by the Blaugrana side have opened the title race as they have now dropped 4 points in their last 5 games prior to the game against Las Palmas.
The catalonia side previously lead Athletico by 7 points coming into the Mid-week but the points were reduced to 4 after fantastic Antonio Greizmann netted 4 goals to gift Athletico Madrid a strong win ahead of their crunch visit to the Camp Nou this weekend. Barcelona were favorites against the las Palmas side but the Catalonia club was able to replicate on the pitch as there were held to a draw. The draw reduces their point advantage to 5 ahead of the weekend game.
Lionel Messi put the Catalonia outfit in the lead after 21 minutes with a text-book free kick.Coincidentally that was his first at the Estadio Gran Canaria. The Host resumed the second half much brighter and were immediately gifted with a Penalty kick after Matias Aguirregaray have been brought down inside the box. Jonathan Calleri made no mistake as he brought the game to even. Barcelona pressure to restore their lead but the host were able to absorb the waves of pressure from the Catalonia side.
The draw might have preserved Barcelona’s unbeaten run but the consistency of the club have been called to question lately as the club have dropped points three times in the league as of late and this certainly what Ernestto Valverde will looking into ahead of the weekend game against Athletico Madrid. Barcelona’s crucial period will commence next weekend with the Clubs hosting second place Athletico Madrid at the Camp Nou and stretch to the reverse fixture of the champions league knockout against Chelsea. Ernesto Valverde will be advocating and campaigning for consistency.