La Liga: Lionel Messi, Neymar fail as Barcelona suffer shock defeat at Valladolid

Defeat means the Spanish champions Barcelona will likely have to beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in two weeks time to have any chance of retaining the title.

updated: March 09, 2014 08:55 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona slumped to their third defeat in seven league games as they lost away to relegation-threatened Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday. Italian Fausto Rossi scored the only goal of the game as he slammed home from close range after 17 minutes.

Valladolid goalkeeper Diego Marino was forced into four saves by Lionel Messi, but it was Neymar who had the best chance to level when he ballooned over just before the hour mark. However, the Catalans couldn't find a way through and could fall four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid should Los Blancos beat Levante at home on Sunday.

Victory for Valladolid also has significant consequences at the other end of the table as La Pucela move out of the relegation zone with just their fifth league win of the campaign. "What we lacked today is normally what distinguishes the team; our circulation of the ball and our movement off the ball to find space. As a consequence of that we lacked penetration," Barca boss Gerardo Martino admitted.

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