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Barcelona held by Atletico, lose ground in La Liga title race

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Barcelona were held by Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp as their La Liga title hopes took another blow.

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On a night where Lionel Messi scored the 700th goal of his incredible career (630 for Barcelona, 70 for Argentina), Barcelona were again their own worst enemies as they conceded two penalty kicks to drop more points in their La Liga title battle with arch rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona are now one point behind Real Madrid who have played one game less, as Zinedine Zidane’s side can extend their lead at the top to four points with five games to go if they beat Getafe on Thursday.

As for Quique Setien’s Barcelona, they have now drawn three and won three of their six games since the restart and familiar issues are hitting them hard. Antoine Griezmann and Martin Braithwaite were left on the bench and Griezmann only arrived onto the pitch in the 90th minute as Barca ran out of steam against a typically spirited Atletico who are fighting for a top four finish and now sit in third as Diego Simeone is working his magic once again.

Atletico’s Diego Costa scored an own goal and missed a penalty kick early on but his spot kick has to be retaken as VAR determined Marc-Andre ter Stegen had strayed off his line, so Saul Niguez stepped up and slotted home the retake. Messi’s 700th goal arrived courtesy of a panenka penalty kick to put Barcelona ahead in the second half, but Gerard Pique fouled the excellent Yannick Carrasco (who won both penalty kicks) to give away a penalty kick which was slotted home by Niguez.

Barcelona have five games remaining but their destiny now appears to be out of their hands as they drew 2-2 for the second-straight game.

Elsewhere in La Liga, Real Mallorca hammered Celta Vigo to give themselves hopes in their battle against relegation. Mallorca sit in 18th, the final relegation spot, but they dominated 17th-place place Celta who they are now five points behind with five games to go. Ante Budimir scored twice, while Cucho Hernandez, Alejandro Pozo and Salva Seville were all on target for Mallorca. Iago Aspas got Celta’s lone strike from the penalty spot.

Sevilla beat strugglers Leganes 3-0, who are nine points from safety with five games to go, as Oliver Torres (two) and Munir kept Sevilla in fourth place as they aim to return to the Champions League.

Barcelona draw at Sevilla gives title control to Real Madrid

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What happens if Barcelona and Real Madrid tie atop La Liga’s table after 38 matches?

Real Madrid’s title hopes are under its complete control after Barcelona dropped points at Sevilla on Friday.

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Lionel Messi’s Man of the Match performance couldn’t provide his 700th career goal in a scoreless draw against Julen Lopetegui’s third-place side

Messi, who has 629 goals for Barcelona and 70 for Argentina, had three shots on goal, recorded a key pass, and completed five dribbles, but could not beat Tomas Vacl.

Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made three saves including a key late stop.

The draw means Barca has 65 points. The Blaugranas could win out and not win La Liga if Real Madrid, currently on 62 points, also wins out. The first tiebreaker in La Liga is head-to-head, and Real took four of six points from Barca.

Who has the easier run-in? We’ll let you decide.

Barcelona remaining schedule

Tuesday v. Athletic Bilbao (10th)
June 27 at Celta Vigo (17th)
July 1 v. Atletico Madrid (4th)
July 5 at Villarreal (7th)
July 8 v. Espanyol (19th)
July 12 at Valladolid (15th)
July 15 v. Osasuna (13th)
July 19 at Alaves (12th)

Real Madrid remaining schedule

Sunday at Real Sociedad (6th)
Wednesday v. Mallorca (18th)
June 28 at Espanyol (19th)
July 1 v. Getafe (5th)
July 5 at Athletic Bilbao (10th)
July 8 v. Alaves (12th)
July 12 at Granada (9th)
July 15 v. Villarreal (7th)
July 19 v. Leganes (20th)

Elsewhere on Friday

Granada 0-1 Villarreal
Mallorca 1-1 Leganes

STANDINGS

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
 Barcelona 30 20 5 5 69 31 38 14-1-0 6-4-5 65
 Real Madrid 29 18 8 3 55 20 35 11-4-0 7-4-3 62
 Sevilla 30 14 10 6 42 30 12 7-6-2 7-4-4 52
 Atlético Madrid 29 12 13 4 37 22 15 8-5-1 4-8-3 49
 Getafe 29 13 8 8 38 27 11 7-5-3 6-3-5 47
 Real Sociedad 29 14 5 10 46 36 10 8-3-3 6-2-7 47
 Villarreal 30 14 5 11 47 38 9 7-4-3 7-1-8 47
 València 29 11 10 8 39 43 -4 8-7-0 3-3-8 43
 Granada 30 12 6 12 37 36 1 9-2-4 3-4-8 42
 Athletic Club 29 9 12 8 32 26 6 7-4-3 2-8-5 39
 Levante 29 10 5 14 34 42 -8 7-4-3 3-1-11 35
 Alavés 29 9 8 12 31 39 -8 7-5-3 2-3-9 35
 Osasuna 29 8 11 10 35 44 -9 5-5-5 3-6-5 35
 Betis 29 8 10 11 40 47 -7 7-4-4 1-6-7 34
 Valladolid 29 7 12 10 25 34 -9 3-8-3 4-4-7 33
 Eibar 29 7 7 15 30 46 -16 6-2-7 1-5-8 28
 Celta Vigo 29 5 12 12 22 35 -13 4-5-5 1-7-7 27
 Mallorca 30 7 5 18 29 50 -21 6-3-7 1-2-11 26
 Espanyol 29 5 9 15 25 46 -21 2-5-7 3-4-8 24
 Leganés 30 5 9 16 23 44 -21 4-3-8 1-6-8 24

La Liga: Late goals lead to Levante-Sevilla, Betis-Granada draws

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A late own goal stopped Sevilla’s top four momentum in its tracks, while Real Betis’ thrilling late comeback became a draw when Roberto Soldado popped up in stoppage time.

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Levante 1-1 Sevilla

Luuk de Jong’s sixth goal of the season put Sevilla on top after halftime, but a Diego Carlos own goal with minutes to play stymied the visitors’ chances of strengthening its hold on third place in La Liga.

Carlos played a big part in Sevilla’s goal, sending a tremendous long pass to Munir El Haddadi en route to De Jong’s goal, but he’ll rue the 87th-minute own goal that leveled the line.

Sevilla was riding a high from Thursday’s Seville Derby defeat of Real Betis, but its lone point gained will give hope to Real Sociedad, Getafe, and Atletico Madrid.

Levante is 12th with 35 points, 11 points back of the top six and 10 clear of the bottom three.

De Jong has a goal or assist in four of his last five matches. He’s pretty much scored everywhere he’s been excluding a disastrous half-season at Newcastle United.

Real Betis 2-2 Granada

Roberto Soldado’s stoppage time goal spared Granada the blushes of having blown a late lead in a 2-2 draw in Seville.

Cristian Tello and Sergio Canales scored between the 85th and 88th minutes as Betis fought back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to take a 2-1 lead.

Betis had nearly 80 percent of the ball but couldn’t make anything happen until late. They finish the day nine points clear of the bottom three with nine matches to play.

Granada fails to move into seventh and sits three points back of sixth-place Atletico Madrid.

Carlos Fernandez’s strong form continued with the match-opening goal, giving him goals in back-to-back matches and points in four-straight. The freshly-minted 24-year-old has 11 goals and four assists this season.

Soldado’s goal was classy finish, though he was left all alone at the back post.

La Liga: Sevilla, Real Betis back in action

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The live action just keeps on coming form Europe as La Liga takes center stage on Monday, below is how to watch all of the action as we will keep you updated on it all.

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Kicking off the La Liga schedule on Monday, we have top four hopefuls Sevilla heading to Levante. Julien Lopetegui’s Sevilla have had a superb season and begin the restart with a big win against Seville rivals Real Betis. Sevilla sit in third place and have a four-point cushion on fifth-place Getafe as plenty of teams slipped up in the race for UEFA Champions League qualification.

Levante should not be underestimate though. They sit comfortably in midtable but a strong finish to the season could see them in the Europa League hunt. Levante beat Real Madrid in February and dug deep to draw late on against Valencia in their first game since the restart.

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As for Real Betis, they do not want to get sucked into the relegation battle late in the season. A poor run of form has seen them win just one of their last eight games but that was against Real Madrid in the final game before the La Liga suspension. Granada make the short trip to Betis full of confidence after a big 2-1 win last week against Champions League hopefuls Getafe and this should be a tight, tense battle as both teams aim to finish the season strong.

Find out below how to watch all the matches from La Liga, as you can also click on the link above to follow the latest scores and schedule.

How to Watch La Liga

  • TV Channels: beIN Sports USA
  • Stream LiveVia beinSports
  • When: 1:30 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET

1:30 p.m. ET: Levante v. Sevilla
4 p.m. ET: Real Betis v. Granada

Sevilla tops Real Betis in derby as La Liga returns

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Lucas Ocampos had a goal and an assist as Sevilla marked the first La Liga match since the coronavirus pause with a 2-0 defeat of city rivals Real Betis at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday.

Sevilla stays third in moving onto 50 points, six behind Real Madrid and four above Real Sociedad and Getafe. Atletico Madrid is sixth with 45 points.

Betis remains 12th, eight points above the bottom three. Betis lost 2-1 at home in the season’s first Seville Derby and has lost its last three Seville Derby.

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Ocampos opened the scoring after Luuk de Jong was judged to have been fouled in an aerial battle with ex-Barcelona and Dortmund man Marc Bartra.

There was a bit of good fortune on the second goal, but it looks so pretty that we’ll give Ocampos the benefit of the doubt.

What we’re trying to say about Ocampos’ third assist of the season, a cheeky back heel, is that he was trying to score rather than flick up for Fernando at the back post.

You be the judge.