Las Palmas 1-1 Barcelona: leaders held on Thursday night

Barcelona have seen their lead cut at the top of La Liga this week after being held 1-1 at Las Palmas.

On Wednesday evening, second place Atlético Madrid were 4-0 winners over Leganés.  Diego Simeone’s side travel to the Camp Nou on Sunday (4 March) with the opportunity to close the gap to two points.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are now unbeaten in their last 33 La Liga matches, stretching back to last season and the end of Luis Enrique’s reign.

However, the Catalan club will have been expecting more than a solitary point at the Estadio Gran Canaria on Thursday, especially after leading 1-0 at the break thanks to Lionel Messi’s goal.

The Argentine forward gave Barcelona the lead midway through the first half with an excellent free kick.  Barcelona were largely on top and did test the opposition goalkeeper more often than Marc-André ter Stegen was called into action, but they were short of their best this evening.

Las Palmas’ only effort on target throughout the 90 minutes came three minutes into the second half when they were awarded a controversial penalty.  Former West Ham United striker Jonathan Calleri converted it and the home side managed to hold out for the final 42 minutes.

The team from Gran Canaria remain in the relegation zone but only below Levante based on head-to-head record this evening.  However, the bottom four remain 10 points adrift of Leganés in 16th.