A late winner by Ousmane Dembélé gave Barcelona management of its personal destiny within the race for the Spanish league title.
Dembélé scored within the 90th minute on Monday as Barcelona defeated 10-man Valladolid 1-Zero to maneuver inside some extent of league chief Atlético Madrid.
Dembélé scored with a left-footed shot from inside the world to verify Barcelona can safe the title by successful all its remaining video games, because it hosts Atlético in one of many closing rounds in Might.
“That is the results of our work. We labored very laborious in these previous couple of months,” Barcelona defender Clément Lenglet mentioned. “Issues are beginning to go our manner.”
Barcelona had been struggling to interrupt by the tight defensive scheme of Valladolid, which performed a person down from the 80th after Óscar Plano was despatched off for a foul from behind to cease a harmful run by Dembélé.
“It’s proof that it is a very tough league, it’s important to combat laborious to win in each match,” Lenglet mentioned. “We created many possibilities and scored the winner ultimately. We’re comfortable however we’ve got to maintain working as a result of that is removed from over.”
The match, which ended 1-Zero, had its fair proportion of controversy too as Barcelona star Lionel Messi was seen hitting out at match referee Jaime Latre at half time with the scoreline locked a stalemate.
In what turned out to be a tense recreation, Messi seemed livid with the referee’s efficiency on the break, accusing Latre of purposely attempting to indicate him a purple card, reported Spanish sports activities day by day Diario AS.
Atlético misplaced 1-Zero at Sevilla on Sunday to see its once-comfortable cushion vanish. In search of its first league title sine 2014, Diego Simeone’s group has been steadily dropping floor on the prime of the standings. Its lead over Barcelona was greater than 10 factors a couple of weeks in the past.
Atlético’s hole to third-place Actual Madrid — which defeated Eibar 2-Zero on Saturday — is three factors with 9 rounds left.
Barcelona subsequent visits Actual Madrid within the final clásico of the season on Saturday. Atlético hosts Eibar on Sunday.
Earlier than the match, Lionel Messi obtained an award for breaking Xavi Hernández’s document of 767 appearances for the Catalan membership. He broke the document within the recreation towards Actual Sociedad within the earlier spherical.
Barcelona has received six straight league video games and prolonged its unbeaten streak within the competitors to 19 matches. It has received 12 occasions since a 2-1 loss at Cádiz in December.
Valladolid, which noticed Kenan Kodro hit the crossbar with a header lower than 10 minutes into the match on the Camp Nou Stadium, stayed three factors from the relegation zone. It has received one in every of its final 12 league video games.
The group owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo loudly complained concerning the purple card to Plano, and in addition a couple of handball by Barcelona defender Jordi Alba that would have given the group a penalty.