Valladolid (dpa) – FC Barcelona has once again narrowed the gap with frontrunners and archrival Real Madrid in the battle for the Spanish Football Championship.
The Catalans, who played another game on Saturday-evening, struggled to win 1-0 (1-0) from table 14. Genuine Valladolid. Former Bundesliga pro Arturo Vidal scored the only goal of the match. The 33-year-old Chilean scored in the 15th minute after a template from superstar Lionel Messi.
FC Barcelona currently has 79 points from 36 games with German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen. Real took 80 points from 35 games and can take another big step towards the title with another success in its 36th season game next Monday. Most recently, the royal won the national title in 2017. They beat Deportivo Alaves 2-0 on Friday-evening.
City competitor Atlético Madrid won 1-0 (0-0) against Real Betis Sevilla on Saturday-evening. The goal was made for the quarterfinals of the Champions League by Bundesliga club RB Leipzig Diego Costa. In the table, Atlético is third, nine points ahead of a non-Champions League ranking.