Barca drop points in title race

  • Last Updated: May 4 2014, 20:48 BST

A review of the weekend's action so far in the Spanish Primera Division.

Angel Lafita and Getafe celebrate their late equaliser
Angel Lafita and Getafe celebrate their late equaliser

A stoppage-time goal from Angel Lafita snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw for Getafe at Barcelona, which could prove fatal to the Catalan club's hopes of retaining the Primera Division title.

Gerardo Martino's men began the day four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and a victory looked likely when Alexis Sanchez fired home in the second half after Lafita had earlier cancelled out Lionel Messi's opener.

But struggling Getafe grabbed an unlikely point with another equaliser from Lafita - 90 seconds into stoppage time - and Barca will find themselves six points behind Atletico if the Madrid club beat Levante on Sunday, with the two sides set to meet on the final day of the season.

Barca could also find themselves down to third spot by the end of the weekend with Real Madrid due to face Valencia on Sunday night.

Garry Rodrigues' early strike was all Elche needed to claim the points in a 1-0 victory over Malaga at La Rosaleda.

Rodrigues struck after 11 minutes to clinch three much-needed points for Fran Escriba's side in their attempt to beat relegation in their first season back in the top flight, but were made to fight all the way as Alberto Botia's late red card saw them play out the final minutes with 10 men.

Nolito's brace handed Celta Vigo a 2-0 win at El Sadar Stadium to plunge Osasuna deep into relegation trouble.

The Spanish forward made it seven goals in four games to continue his hot streak.

Real Valladolid gave their survival hopes a potentially vital boost with a 1-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday evening.

Antonio Rukavina gave Valladolid a first-half lead and from there, the match was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests - particularly after Espanyol had Luis Pizzi sent off with almost 20 minutes remaining.

The win takes 18th-placed Valladolid level on points with Osasuna.

Athletic Bilbao convincingly booked their place in next season's Champions League courtesy of a 3-0 win at Rayo Vallecano on Friday night.

Mikel San Jose, Oscar De Marcos and Ander Herrera were on target as fourth-placed Athletic moved nine points clear of nearest challengers Sevilla, who have just three games left to play and an inferior head-to-head record this season.

Defeat for Rayo brought a juddering halt their bid for a third-straight victory that would have taken them up to eighth place in the Primera Division standings.


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