Luis Suarez scored his first goals under Quique Setien but Barcelona saw their LaLiga title hopes hit by a late Iago Aspas free-kick in an entertaining 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo.
The Uruguayan headed the opener after 20 minutes at the far post following a well-worked free-kick as Lionel Messi curled a ball into his path with Celta expecting a shot.
Brais Mendez came close to an equaliser shortly afterwards as Marc-Andre ter Stegen pushed his shot onto the post and Aspas dallied on another break for the home side.
Messi curled a shot just wide from the edge of the area later in the half as Barcelona created more chances and Setien’s side looked fairly comfortable at the break.
But Celta levelled five minutes into the second half when Ivan Rakitic gave the ball away and Okay Yokuslu advanced, sliding the ball through Gerard’s Pique’s legs and across to Fedor Smolov for a simple finish.
Barcelona went back in front with just over 20 minutes left as Celta failed to clear and Messi laid a ball off for Suarez, who turned and hit a low shot just inside Ruben Blanco’s right-hand post.
Suarez has recently returned following five months out after knee surgery and his first goals since January seemed set to give the three points to Barca, but Aspas curled a free-kick home with two minutes left as he hit the ball around the wall and inside the post with Ter Stegen unmoved.
Nolito then missed an open goal deep into added time in a frenetic finale, but Celta’s point leaves them eight clear of the drop zone with six games left after a recent resurgence.
Barca, meanwhile, move top of the table by a point, but will find themselves two behind rivals Real Madrid if Los Blancos beat struggling Espanyol away from home on Sunday.
Source: News update