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Celta Vigo went hand in hand with Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday when both teams tied with a 2-2 draw.  Celta went ahead surprisingly through Iago Aspas, although Barcelona returned the blow immediately with an emphatic finish by Lionel Messi. At 62 minutes, Luis Suarez had the locals in front when he closed a fluid movement, but Maxi Gómez put Celta in good condition with a draw eight minutes later.
The draw gave Valencia the opportunity to cut the lead of Barcelona in the top two points on Sunday, when they face Getafe.
From the beginning, it was evident that the Celta was not going to sit down to try to stifle Barcelona. And after 20 minutes, they got the reward that deserved their brilliant start, as Aspas threw himself into the penalty area to get a loose ball.
Aspas celebrates Celta's first game.  PAU BARRENA / Getty Images
Retransmitted by Barcelona correspondent Samuel Marsden, in the preparation Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a major speech to deny Maxi Gomez:
Samuel Marsden @ samuelmarsden
Barça are behind Celta, but the fans continue with the name of Ter Stegen after a good save by Maxi Gómez. Aspas scored the rebound.
The goal seemed to awaken the Barcelona, who came forward after fitting.
On the edge of the area, Suarez exchanged pbades with Paulinho before the last played in Messi on the left channel. From there, the forward finished with conviction through the legs of Rubén Blanco.
Jason Pettigrove de Marca noted that Messi was approaching another impressive milestone in his career with this strike:
Jason Pettigrove  @ jasonpettigrove
The story attracts Lionel #Messi : one more goal puts him at the level of Gerd Muller for most of the goals scored with a club in the main European leagues. #BarcaCelta
Barcelona took control of the contest. Suarez canceled a goal wrongly out of play after a pbad from Messi before the latter found space again in the box, but could only hit the post from a closed angle.
Messi put Barcelona terms back. Manuel Queimadelos Alonso / Getty Images
Celta started to carry more than one threat at the counter before the interval and held on until half the time.
In the second half, there was a composure about Barcelona while they were looking for the goal of moving forward, with Celta sitting deep and beginning to look a bit ragged. Right after the hour of play, the Blaugrana finally put together one of their pbading patterns to get 2-1 up.
Messi fed Jordi Alba on the left flank with a wonderful pbad, and the left side lifted Suarez, who could not miss closely. As Karl Matchett of the Bleacher Report pointed out, although the striker has been very far from achieving his best term, he is still reaching goals:
Karl Matchett @ karlmatchett
Suarez, in a tremendous season win , has 6 in La Liga. So more than Aduriz, Mina, Correa, Griezmann, Bacca, Remy, Lucas, Asensio, Rolan, Gameiro, Carrasco, Muriel, Ronaldo, Benzema, Nolito and Ben Yedder.
Aspas benefited when Samuel Umtiti was stopped injured in a footdance race between the pair, which allowed the Celtic man to run to the box and arm Gomez. From close range, the fit forward took his time and finished with aplomb.
Suarez fired Barcelona to a 2-1 advantage. PAU BARRENA / Getty Images
For the participation of Agence France-Presse Kieran Canning, the injury represented a double blow for Barcelona:
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Looks like an injury in the hamstring of Umtiti. It would be a great doubt now for the Clásico
Gerard Pique should have put Barça back in front, as Messi played and rounded the goalkeeper, but he did not He could find the right angle with his effort, and he shot out of the publication.
When the game entered in the last 10 minutes, neither side seemed happy with a point, and both had more chances to win it.
Messi nodded from close range with Celta's defense, then, at the end of a quick relay by Celta, Ter Stegen denied Pione Sisto when he was one on one.
In the end, a draw was a fair result between two teams that performed at a high level. Even so, in national territory, the Blaugranas will see it as two potentially large points that fell in their search for the title of La Liga.