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Barcelona drop out of La Liga title race for 2nd straight season after defeat to Celta Vigo at Camp Nou





- Barcelona's quest to win the Spanish League title this season has come to an end

- The Catalans were beaten by Celta Vigo 2-1 at Camp Nou in a fiercely contested game

- Lionel Messi's early goal ended up a mere consolation after Santi Mina scored twice for the visitors

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Santi Mina's brace was all Celta Vigo needed to sink Barcelona in their penultimate Spanish League game of the season.

This means that Ronald Koeman's men have lost out of the title race which will be decided between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on the last day.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring for the Catalans with a stunning header two minutes before the half-hour mark after connecting with Sergio Busquets' delivery in the 18-yard box.

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However, the home team could not hold on to the lead beyond the 38th minute with Mina firing an unstoppable shot from the arc into the bottom left corner of the post. And that was how the first half ended for both teams.

Barcelona drop out of La Liga title race for 2nd straight season after defeat to Celta Vigo at Camp Nou
Santi Mina breaking the hearts of Barcelona fans with his 89th-minute strike for Celta Vigo at Camp Nou. Photo by David Ramos.
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The two teams resumed hostilities in the second half with both sides searching for the winner but neither side could find it early.

Instead, Clement Lenglet was sent off in the 83rd minute after bagging his second yellow card to leave his side with 10 men for the remaining period of the game.

And the visitors took advantage of the numerical deficit through Santi with a shot from close range after Augusto Solari's effort was denied by the post.

And if care is not taken, Barcelona could finish fourth if they lose their final game of the season against Eibar next weekend.

Meanwhile, Atletico and Real Madrid both won their games as they both crossed the 80 points mark after matchday 37.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Alisson Becker was the hero as Liverpool come from one goal down to beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in a thrilling Premier League encounter at The Hawthorns.

The Brazilian goalkeeper threw everything on the line after leaving his goalpost to contend for the ball in what appeared to be the last kick of the game in the opposition's danger zone.

His move however paid off as Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner kick met his head and went straight into the top corner of the post.

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