Barcelona secured a vital 2-1 win at home to Top Four rivals Getafe, to keep up the La Liga title pressure on Real Madrid.
First half goals from Antoine Griezmann and Sergi Roberto secured all three points for Quique Setien’s side, who move level with Los Blancos ahead of their tie with Celta Vigo tomorrow.
The hosts struggled to get a foothold in the early stages of the game, with Jose Bordalas’ side edging in front on 23 minutes, via Allan Nyom’s header.
But referee Guillermo Fernandez spared Barcelona’s blushes by ruling in favour of VAR for a foul on Samuel Umtiti.
Setien’s side took full advantage of the decision, as Griezmann cushioned home Lionel Messi’s brilliant through ball on 33 minutes.
Spanish international Roberto doubled their lead on 40 minutes, as he fired home a cross from substitute Junior Firpo.
Getafe worked hard to get themselves back in the game after the break, and substitute Angel netted a spectacular volley on 66 minutes to spark hopes of a revival.
The veteran forward – who has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou – did almost find an equaliser in the closing stages, but in the end, Barcelona had enough to hold on.