Barca's title hopes dealt blow after Celta Vigo's later equaliser

VIDEO SHOWS: POST-MATCH NEWS CONFERENCE WITH FC BARCELONA MANAGER QUIQUE SETIEN / STILLS FROM MATCH IN WHICH BARCELONA DRAW 2-2 WITH CELTA

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1. FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, TAKING QUESTION DURING VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE

2. SPLIT SCREEN OF SETIEN AND JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION

3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, ON WHAT DRAW MEANS IN TITLE RUN WITH REAL MADRID, SAYING:

"It's true that 11 rounds ago we had a two-point advantage and now if they win, because our rival (Real Madrid) still have to win, they will be ahead. And truthfully, it's true that every day we're going to have smaller margin for error and in theory you have to win everything with the expectation that your rival is going to do the same thing. You can also hope they make a mistake and lose a point along the way too. But we're going to go forward trying to earn as many points as possible, like we've done until now, and we'll see if we'll have a bit more solvency with certain aspects that will make things easier for us."

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4. STILL PHOTO OF BARCELONA'S LUIS SUAREZ CELEBRATING GOAL WITH TEAM MATES

VIGO, SPAIN (JUNE 27, 2020) (LA LIGA / MEDIAPRO - NO RESALE)

5. FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, TAKING QUESTION DURING VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE

6. SPLIT SCREEN OF SETIEN AND JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION

7. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, ON BARCA'S TROUBLES ON THE ROAD, SAYING:

"There are a thousand things I could tell you, but I don't think there's one single reason why these things happen. We try to defend the ball. I've said, sometimes you can't attack because your opponent closes gaps and makes it tough, so you have to go about it another way. But sometimes we fall into pits and lose possession and then there are a lot of opponents like today's who have really good players and make good decisions and it's tough. Yes, we'd like to be a lot more solid in a lot of aspects, but we're an offensive team that tries to win and best our opponent and play on their turf, but sometimes there's a slight discord that gives the opponent options. A little bit of everything, but there is no one single reason."

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8. STILL PHOTO OF BARCELONA'S GERARD PIQUE HEADING BALL

VIGO, SPAIN (JUNE 27, 2020) (LA LIGA / MEDIAPRO - NO RESALE)

9. FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, TAKING QUESTION DURING VIRTUAL NEWS CONFERENCE

10. SPLIT SCREEN OF SETIEN AND JOURNALIST ASKING QUESTION

11. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FC BARCELONA MANAGER, QUIQUE SETIEN, ON IF SOCCER HAS BEEN A BIT UNFAIR TO BARCELONA, SAYING:

"I don't think we're at that lucid place that squads sometimes find themselves in, because right at the start with Gerard (Pique) hitting the post, it just seems incredible that it didn't go in. It was a really great attempt and the ball could have very easily gone in. And the last goal they got off the freekick, a player jumped and the ball went right through a tiny gap. These things happen in soccer, yes. But there is also who deserves it. And today, I think Barcelona played really well at the start. We dominated the pitch. The match should have been a lot more comfortable for us from the start, but we were just lacking a little bit in accuracy. This and a few other things that we have to correct."

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12. STILL PHOTO OF CELTA'S IAGO ASPAS CELEBRATING TYING GOAL

13. STILL PHOTO OF ASPAS CELEBRATING WITH TEAM MATES

STORY: Spain striker Iago Aspas dealt a fresh blow to Barcelona's La Liga title hopes by striking a late free kick to snatch a 2-2 draw at home to the Catalans on Saturday (June 27) as Quique Setien's side twice threw away the lead in a thrilling match.

The draw put Barca back on top of the table on 69 points after 32 games but Real Madrid, on 68, can go two points clear at the summit if they beat Espanyol away from home on Sunday (June 28).

Luis Suarez headed Barca in front in the 20th minute thanks to a piece of ingenuity from Lionel Messi, who looked certain to fire at goal from a free kick but instead lofted the ball towards his Uruguayan strike partner.

Russia striker Fedor Smolov equalised for Celta early in the second half, knocking in a pass from Okay Yokuslu to complete a quick counterattack after Barca's Ivan Rakitic had given the ball away.

But Suarez restored Barca's lead in the 67th minute after combining again with Messi, swivelling to fire into the bottom corner.

The second goal looked to have averted a second consecutive away draw for Barca after last week's goalless stalemate at Sevilla but Aspas won a late free kick after falling over the outstretched legs of Gerard Pique.

Celta's talismanic striker made the late opportunity count by sending a low drive around the wall and into the near bottom corner, flummoxing Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Celta should have won the game in added time when Nolito arrived at the far post with the goal gaping, but instead of tapping into the net his shot went straight at Ter Stegen.

Celta are 16th on 34 points, the draw taking them eight points clear of the relegation zone.

(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)