Atlético Madrid held on as chief of the Spanish league by holding Barcelona to Zero-Zero on the Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday.
Atlético remained two factors in entrance of Barcelona with three rounds to go, nonetheless in place to win its first league title since 2014.
Atlético might be surpassed on Sunday if defending champion Actual Madrid defeats Sevilla at dwelling. Madrid is three factors behind Atlético however would take the lead as a result of it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker towards its metropolis rival.
Sevilla was seven factors behind Atlético and remained a title contender.
“We confirmed from the beginning that we got here out to win the match,” Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak stated. “It was an excellent outcome, we added one other level with three rounds to go.”
Atlético performed effectively on the Camp Nou however could not capitalize on its probabilities, with Luis Suárez unable to interrupt by means of with a objective towards his former membership.
Lionel Messi had a number of the few probabilities for Barcelona, his finest close to the top of the primary half after a fantastic run previous defenders. However his shot was brilliantly saved by goalie Oblak. Messi’s 90th-minute free kick simply missed the put up.
This might be Messi’s final likelihood to win the league with Barcelona earlier than his contract ends on the finish of the season. He stated final 12 months he wished to depart the Catalan membership.
Barcelona defender Ronald Araújo had a objective disallowed for offside within the 70th.
“We anticipated a greater outcome however we’re nonetheless alive,” Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué stated. “We performed an excellent match, we competed, we had extra clear probabilities than that they had, however in the long run it wasn’t potential to get the win. We don’t rely on our personal outcomes anymore however something can occur.”
A house victory would have lifted Barcelona to the lead for the primary time this season. The membership had a sluggish begin whereas struggling financially and enduring political turmoil.
Atlético remained winless on the Camp Nou since Diego Simeone took over as coach in late 2011. The workforce is winless in 15 consecutive away matches towards Barcelona, since 2006. Nonetheless, a 1-1 draw on the stadium in 2014 was sufficient to clinch Atlético its final league title.
Barcelona started at full energy however coach Ronald Koeman was absent to serve the second of a two-game suspension for utilizing inappropriate language whereas arguing with a referee.
Atlético midfielder Thomas Lemar was injured lower than 15 minutes in, whereas Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets left after 30 minutes due to a head harm.
Joselu scored within the 87th to assist host Alavés draw with Levante 2-2. Alavés was in 16th place, two factors above the relegation zone.