Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona have extended their lead at the top of the table to 10 points after they recorded a hard-earned win at 10-man Eibar in their Matchday 24 clash.
Luis Suarez gave the Nou Camp giants a first half lead before Jordi Alba added a second goal with fulltime approaching to calm frayed nerves amidst consistent pressure from the hosts thereby wrapping up the points against 10-man Eibar who had Fabian Orellana sent off in the last quarter of the game.
Orellana, who had hit the post in the first half, was given his marching orders after two yellow cards in quick succession.
Barcelona have now gone a club record equalling 31 league games without defeat.
Atletico Madrid can cut Barcelona’s lead back to 7 points if they beat Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Valencia have strengthened their bid for top four and UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualification ahead of next season following their 2-1 comeback win at Malaga.
Super Eagles forward Brown Ideye shot Malaga into a first half lead for his debut goal for the home side before second half goals from Francis Coquelin (debut goal for Valencia) and Dani Parejo (penalty) overturned the deficit in favour of Los Che.
Matchday 24 Results (Saturday)
Alaves 1-0 Deportivo La Coruna
Malaga 1-2 Valencia
Eibar 0-2 Barcelona
Las Palmas 1-2 Sevilla
Standings (Top 4 via Points):
1. Barcelona 62
2. Atletico Madrid 52
3. Valencia 46
4. Real Madrid 42