Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele has scored a late winner of their 1-0 dwelling win over Actual Valladolid, shifting them to inside one level of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.
Dembele scored with a left-footed volley on the far publish to ensure Barcelona can management their very own destiny within the title race, as they are going to host Atletico in one of many remaining rounds in Might.
Barcelona had been struggling to interrupt by the tight defensive scheme of Valladolid, who performed a person down from the 79th minute after Oscar Plano was despatched off for a foul from behind to cease a harmful run by Dembele.
The guests went into the sport on the again of only one win of their previous 11 video games and with out a lot of regulars on account of damage and a coronavirus outbreak.
Nevertheless, they created the higher alternatives early with Kenan Kodro crashing a header again off the bar and Roque Mesa additionally coming shut from long-range.
A powerful penalty shout for handball towards Jordi Alba was denied as Barca rode their luck and stepped up their seek for a winner within the second half.
The aim duly arrived as the sport ticked over into stoppage time as Ronald Araujo flicked on a cross from Frenkie De Jong and Dembele pounced to grab the factors.
Searching for a primary league title since 2014, Atletico – who misplaced 1-0 at Sevilla on Sunday – have seen their once-comfortable cushion, at one stage 10 factors to Barca, vanish in current weeks.
Atletico’s hole to third-place Actual Madrid – who defeated Eibar 2-0 on Saturday – is three factors.
Barcelona subsequent go to Actual Madrid within the final clasico of the season on Saturday.
Atletico host Eibar on Sunday.
Earlier than the match towards Valladolid, Lionel Messi acquired an award for breaking Xavi Hernandez’s file of 767 appearances for the Catalan giants.
He broke the file within the sport towards Actual Sociedad within the earlier spherical.
Barcelona have received six straight league video games and prolonged their unbeaten streak within the competitors to 19 matches.
They’ve received 12 occasions since a 2-1 loss at Cadiz in December.
Valladolid keep three factors above the relegation zone.