pic.twitter.com/n1BzyEjcG3 — MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) December 2, 2017Messi helped set up what looked to be the winning goal for Luis Suarez in the 62nd minute as the striker thrashed home a Jordi Alba cutback but Barca were denied victory by another Uruguayan striker in Maxi Gomez. He slotted in from close range after another searing run by Aspas, who capitalised on Barca defender Samuel Umtiti injuring his hamstring as he tried to keep up with the Spanish forward. Gerard Pique missed a gilt-edged chance to hit the winner but struck the near post from close range while Messi, who also hit the woodwork earlier in the game, sent a free kick deep in stoppage time just wide of the post.
Barca still lead the standing with 36 points but second-placed Valencia can cut their deficit on the leaders down to two if they beat Getafe Sunday. Later Saturday, Atletico Madrid, third on 27 points, host Real Sociedad while champion Real Madrid, also on 27, visit struggling Athletic Bilbao.
BARCELONA 2-2 CELTAFT: Lionel Messi scored his first goal in six matches as Barcelona were held to an entertaining 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp in La Liga. pic.twitter.com/Q4yvkdxo5F — FC Barcelona TV ?? (@FC_BarcelonaTv) December 2, 2017
RESULT Barcelona 2 (Messi 22, Suarez 62) Celta 2 (Aspas 20, Gomez 70) SATURDAY'S MATCHES Atletico v Sociedad, Sevilla v Deportivo, Athletic v Real Madrid
Barcelona drop points for the second week in a row. A Valencia win would close the gap to just two. Victories for the Madrid sides would see them move to within 6. #ElClasico suddenly looking a lot more significant. Hay Liga?! #LaLiga— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) December 2, 2017