La Liga: Barcelona have lost 3 in a row, their 9-point lead is now 0

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain top flight…

[ MORE: Saturday’s La Liga roundup ]

Barcelona 1-2 Valencia

Luis Enrique’s Barcelona players know that the 2015-16 season isn’t quite over yet, right? Just because they held an nine-point lead in the La Liga title race back on March 19 — and yours truly proclaimed “the title is Barcelona’s” — doesn’t mean the title was actually there’s already. The very next day, Barca’s unraveling, which is unbelievably still ongoing, began.

I ask, only because the Blaugrana are now four games without a victory, including three straight defeats, in league play following Sunday’s 2-1 humbling at the hands of 14th-place (coming into the day) Valencia at the Camp Nou. It was 2-0 to the visitors at halftime after Ivan Rakitic was charged with an extremely unfortunate own goal in the 26th minute, and Santi Mina slotted the ball home from a tough angle in the first minute of first-half stoppage time.

Lionel Messi pulled one back with a milestone goal just past the hour mark, but a number of golden chances went agonizingly close for Barca and an equalizer prove forever elusive.

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Granada

The pressure was applied to Barca before they even kicked off this afternoon, thanks to Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 hammering of 17th-place Granada at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Koke (15th minute), Fernando Torres (59th) and Angel Correa (83rd) were the goalscorers on the day, as Diego Simeone’s side closed the gap between themselves and the defending champions a further three points. With five games left to play (Atleti are also still competing in the UEFA Champions League after knocking Barca out of the competition this week), only Barca’s vastly superior goal differential separates the two sides.

The updated La Liga table presently tells a crazy, interesting tale when the season seemed a foregone conclusion four short weeks ago…

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 33 24 4 5 88 29 59 14-1-2 10-3-3 76
Atlético Madrid 33 24 4 5 57 16 41 12-3-1 12-1-4 76
Real Madrid 33 23 6 4 98 30 68 14-1-2 9-5-2 75

Elsewhere in La Liga

Rayo Vallecano 2-1 Villarreal
Malaga 0-1 Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla 1-1 Deportivo La Coruña