Argument between Setien and Barcelona squad in dressing room at Balaidos

Argument between Setien and Barcelona squad in dressing room at Balaidos

Barcelona suffered a major blow in their bid to retain the La Liga title as they were held 2-2 by Celta Vigo, giving Real Madrid a chance to go two points ahead at the top of the points table.

Russian Federation striker Fedor Smolov equalised for Celta early in the second half, knocking in a pass from Okay Yokuslu to complete a quick counterattack after Barca's Ivan Rakitic had given the ball away.

Suarez came to the rescue again as he gave the tourists a lead in the 60th minute, making his team believe that they have weathered the storm for the day.

The champions twice surrendered leads against the relegation-threatened side, which allowed Real Madrid to open a two-point gap at the top of LaLiga.

Celta's former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas scored a late goal to deny Barca what would have been a crucial three points in the race for this season's La Liga title after a brace from Luis Suarez had initially put the Catalan club in control.

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In March, Messi reportedly had a "hard chat" with Barcelona's No.2 following the 2-0 El Clasico defeat to Real Madrid due to his touchline conduct.

"We feel as though we have dropped two points and there are many things we need to improve".

"The feeling is a negative one", said Suarez afterwards.

The 33-year-old has score 699 goals for both club and country and he could be scoring his 700th goal next Tuesday as Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid. A poor clearance from Marc-Andre ter Stegen went unpunished by Fedor Smolov, who then overhit his pass when Aspas was clear.

Aspas has now scored in Barca's last five visits to Celta's Balaidos Stadium, and Celta should have won the game in the final minute of injury time when Ter Stegen saved again from Nolito.

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