Barcelona responded to Real Madrid’s thumping win over Granada earlier in the day to record a hard-fought 1-0 win against 10-man Celta Vigo on Sunday evening.
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French defender Jeremy Mathieu was the hero for the league leaders has he followed up his goal in El Clasico against Real Madrid two weeks ago to score the winner for the Catalans.
The visitors were made to fight against Celta who had the first chance of the game when Joaquin Larrivey forced a save out of Claudio Bravo
The same player then wasted a glorious chance to give his side the lead towards the end of the first half, but couldn’t get a clean connection on the ball.
Barcelona thought they had taken the lead minutes into the second half, but Neymar saw his effort harshly ruled out for offside.
And with time ticking away, Mathieu popped up with the winner to keep his side four points clear at the top.
Celta finished the game with ten-men after Fabian Orellana was shown a straight red card after appearing to throw a piece of turf at Sergi Busquets.