Barca move two points behind Atleti


FC Barcelona secured a 2-0 win over Osasuna to close the gap between themselves and Atletico Madrid to just two points.

Only two changes for the Catalans showed from their amazing victory over Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey, with Samuel Umtiti in for Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann in for Ousmane Dembele.

Osasuna instigated the first dangers from an ambitious lob by Jonathan Calleri, but goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen took a few steps back to gather the attempt.

Ter Stegen once again produced the goods for the visitors with a superb tip from a curling strike across goal from the edge of the area by Kike Barja.

Barcelona broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark after a ball in-behind from Lionel Messi was collected by Jordi Alba who raced clear en-route to nestle the roof of the net.

Ronald Koeman’s side still remained on the edge before the break after Ruben Garcia breezed through on goal from Lucas Torro’s diagonal pass, but Ter Stegen dived across to parry.

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A substitution from the Blaugrana ahead of the start of the second half saw Dembele enter ahead of Umtiti in an attacking alteration.

Messi came close to bring his side two goals up from a thumping strike towards the right corner of the net, but goalkeeper Sergio Herrera palmed away.

Barca still received the clearer chances in the closing minutes through a free-kick from Messi and a shot from the cusp of the area by Griezmann, but both attempts failed to find target.

The Catalans bagged the second goal in the last seven minutes after substitute Ilaix Moriba curled into the top corner from close-range to bring the clash to a close and at that maintained Barca’s title charge.