Not scoring in six matches for club or country would barely be noticed for most players but for Lionel Messi it represents a drought so it was little surprise to see the Argentina captain back on the scoresheet for Barcelona on Saturday.
However, despite Messi’s efforts, the Blaugrana were still held by Celta Vigo, bringing an end to a run of 18 straight victories at Camp Nou.
Celta Vigo led after 20 minutes when Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s stunning save from Maxi Gómes fell to Iago Aspas to tap in but the advantage was short-lived. Luis Suárez and Paulinho combined to slip in Messi and after experiencing his longest goal drought since 2010, the world’s best player slotted the ball through the legs of Ruben Blanco.
Minutes later and Messi looked to have laid on Barcelona’s second for Suárez but a harsh looking offside decision ruled it out.
Messi hit the woodwork but eventually Barça led when Suárez turned in Jordi Alba’s low cross. That looked as though it would seal the points but with 20 minutes remaining, Gómes smashed in an equaliser.
Despite dropping two points, with Real Madrid and Valencia failing to capitalise this weekend, Barcelona remain in control at the top of the table.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Emanuel Mammana scored an own-goal as Zenit St Petersburg fell behind early to Ural. However, Roberto Mancini’s side managed to turn it around and ran out 2-1 winners.
And in Ukraine, Facundo Ferreyra scored his 13th goal of the season as Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Veres 2-0. Chucky’s simple finish extended his status at the top of the scoring charts and ensured that Shakhtar remain seven points clear of Dynamo Kiev at the top.