Barcelona takes the pole position as Neymar, Messi and Suarez fire on all cylinders for the Catalans.
Real Madrid was held to a draw in a six-goal thriller at Bernabau.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s heroics helped Real Madrid claw their way back in an exhilarating game.
— Harvey Coates (@Harvuscle) March 1, 2017
Barcelona hosted Sporting Gijon at Camp Nou in a crucial La Liga match. Suárez, Neymar and Messi all stepped up to the occasion to help Barça keep the title race alive. Despite the defensive lapse, Barça routed their opponents 6-1 to reach the top of the summit, albeit for a while only.
News circulating about Luis Enrique and his future with Barça made no negative impact on the team, as they looked settled. Luis Enrique has revealed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season as his contract expires. He has no plans to extend his stay at Camp Nou and would rather search for a new challenge. Well, with this win Barça extended their unbeaten run in La Liga to 18, winning their last five matches. Instead of focusing on the future, they need to keep the momentum going if they want to maintain pressure on Real Madrid.
🎥 Here's how Luis Enrique broke the news of his departure, moments after Barça's 6–1 win over his hometown team…pic.twitter.com/GX47mTB8Ki
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 2, 2017
Barcelona’s stay at the top could have been prolonged, had Real Madrid sent Las Palmas off and running. However, Real Madrid was held to a draw at home in a six-goal thriller. Madrid took an early lead, courtesy of Isco’s presence of mind, but lost the lead 60 seconds later with Tana’s shot becoming unstoppable for Keylor Navas. Gareth Bale’s moment of madness allowed Las Palmas to take the lead before Kevin-Prince Boateng doubled the lead with a counter-attack.
— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) March 1, 2017
It was almost over for Real Madrid as they were on the verge of losing three crucial points and that too at home before Ronaldo emerged as a hero once again for the Galacticos and scored two goals in three minutes to salvage a point for the hosts.
Real Madrid definitely has their cards in their pockets, but for now, Barça has the pole position. Can Real Madrid bounce back to clinch the top spot once again?