Barcelona 1-2 Celta Vigo: Ronald Koeman’s side crash out of the title race

Barcelona 1-2 Celta Vigo: Ronald Koeman's side crash out of the title race, as they conceded early lead provided by Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi-Barcelona vs Celta Vigo
Lionel Messi-Barcelona vs Celta Vigo | Photo Credit: IMAGO

Barcelona have officially dropped out of the Spanish League title race following their 2-1 defeat at home to Celta Vigo.

Santi Mina scored either side of halftime to secure a shock win at Camp Nou earlier tonight.

Tonight’s result leaves Barcelona on 76 points, and they are seven points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid with one match left to play.

Barcelona crash out of the title race

With the loss to Celta Vigo, Barcelona crash out of La Liga title race. Though they would have lost the title race in anyways, given their rival Madrid teams have ensured three points each.

Barcelona could even be fourth in the table, if Sevilla could win their match against Villarreal today. They are currently fourth in table with 74 points.

Poor use of possession

Barcelona started the game brightly and enjoyed a lot of possession. However, the Spanish giants failed to make good use of the ball, and their passing lacked purpose.

It was a similar story in the second half as well, and the home side struggled to create too many chances despite having a lot of the ball.

Barcelona need to improve defensively

The likes of Clement Lenglet were abysmal for Barcelona on the night.

The defender was sent off on the 82nd minute, and Celta Vigo made the most of that opportunity and pushed for the winner.

Before the sending off, Barcelona seemed in reasonable control of the game, and the extra man advantage gave the visitors the boost they needed to try and fight for another goal.

The likes of Lenglet have let down the side numerous times, and it is high time the Catalan giants look to bring in better quality defenders if they want to win the Spanish League and the Champions League in future.

Clinical Celta Vigo

Despite not having a lot of the ball, the visitors were quite clinical on the night, and they managed to convert a couple of chances they had in both halves.

Santi Mina opened the scoring on the 37th minute, and it was the first real chance of the day for the visitors. The attacker received an impressive pass from Iago Aspas, and he managed to find the back of the net with a composed finish.

Mina doubled his tally on the 90th minute to win the game for his side. The attacker scored from a rebound after wrong-footing the Barcelona goalkeeper.