A sad Barcelona said goodbye to LaLiga mathematically after losing 1-2 to a Celta Vigo that added his fifth consecutive victory, which did not serve to extend the European dream because his rivals, Betis and Villarreal, also won their matches.
A double by Santi Mina gave the victory in the Camp Nou to the Vigo, who traced the initial goal of a Leo Messi who could have played his last game in the Barça fiefdom.
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The hibernal utopia of Barcelona to get the League and King’s Cup double became such a feasible possibility in spring that he lifted the second and came to depend on himself to win the first, but the bad streak accumulated in the last five games (one win, two draws and two losses) made it impossible.
LaLiga is already a thing between Atlético and Real Madrid, two teams that also won this Sunday afternoon, which would have meant that a Barça triumph would not serve for them either. Barcelona had title options on the last day.
The people of Vigo encountered a setback in the warm-up, when the central defender Joseph Aidoo he noticed some discomfort that forced Eduardo Coudet to have to replace him. The chosen one was the player of the subsidiary Carlos Domínguez.
Barcelona started the game by turning to attack, but without having clear shots against Ivan Villar. Only Antoine Griezmann in the 10th minute, after an inside pass from Messi, had a face to face with the visiting goalkeeper, whom he could not overcome. Shortly after, it was the Argentine player himself who ran down the central highway before looking for the goalkeeper’s right side from the front, but the shot went wide.
On the other hand, in the 28th Messi did not miss a ‘delicatessen’ by Sergio Busquets, who put a millimeter ball on his head. It was Barça’s 30th goal in this league, which last year remained at 25. Since the 2009-2010 season, it only failed to reach thirty goals in the league on three occasions. (2013-2014, 2015-2016 and 2019-2020).
The small consolation for Messi after this Barça debacle in the regular competition is that he already has his eighth Pichichi in his pocket, the fifth in a row. The 30 goals that he adds They leave it in a chimera that Gerard Moreno, with 23, can reach him on the last day.
The joy of Messi’s goal did not last long for Barcelona. Specifically until minute 38, when a strong shot from the front of the area in the first arrival of Celta in the game left ice cold Marc-André Ter Stegen, who could not see the trajectory of the ball because his teammate Gerard Piqué prevented him.
The Barça team missed the verticality of Frenkie de Jong, sanctioned for accumulating cards, and Ilaix Moriba, his substitute, was routine like the rest of Barcelona’s attack. Pedro González ‘Pedri’, exhausted by the accumulated minutes, was replaced by the underused Riqui Puig at half-time.
The three applicants to the League tied at that time and a victory then allowed Barcelona to reach the last day with mathematical title options, a fact that was practically ruled out after drawing on Tuesday in the City of Valencia.
Riqui Puig gave a little impudence to Barcelona, which in any case practically failed to approach Villa’s goal with danger.
With 20 minutes remaining, Koeman He tried to give another air to the attack with the double entry of Francisco Trincao and Martin Braithwaite and five minutes later Osasuna went ahead in the Wanda Metropolitano, leaving Barcelona the possibility of reaching the last day with mathematical title options.
But the impotence of the Catalans went from theory to practice with all its splendor. In the 83rd minute Lenglet was sent off for a double yellow card and shortly after Atlético went back to Osasuna.
The conclusion of the Catalan drama and the Galician epic put it Santi Mina, who beat a wild Ter Stegen in 89 when taking advantage of the rejection of the stick to a poisoned center by Augusto Solari.
– Data sheet:
1 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Araujo, Piqué (Sergiño Dest, min. 64), Lenglet; Dembélé (Trincao, min. 70), Sergio Busquets, Ilaix Moriba (Pjanic, min. 86), Pedri (Riqui Puig, min. 46), Jordi Alba; Griezmann (Braithwaite, min. 70) and Messi.
2 – Celta de Vigo: Villar; Kevin Vázquez, Carlos Domínguez, Néstor Araujo, Aaron Martín; Fran Beltrán; Brais Méndez, Denis Suárez, Nolito; Iago Aspas (Miguel Baeza, min. 78) and Santi Mina.
Goals: 1-0: Messi, min 28; 1-1: Santi Mina, min. 38. 1-2: Santi Mina, min. 89.
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (Basque Committee). He showed a yellow card to Riqui Puig (min. 56) and sent off Clément Lenglet for a double yellow card (min. 73 and 83) for Barcelona and admonished Carlos Domínguez (min. 51) for Celta de Vigo.
Incidents: LaLiga match day 37 played at the Camp Nou behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.