Barcelona sustained a shock home La Liga trounce by Cadiz to let leaders Real Madrid closer to acquiring the Spanish title.
The visitors started the day in the bottom three however Lucas Perez jabbed in from close range just following half-time to enhance their survival prospects.
This was Barca’s first La Liga defeat since 4th of December, finishing a 15-match undefeated streak.
Second-placed Barca chase Real Madrid by 15 points with 7 games to remain.
Any desires the Barca retained of wrecking their great rivals’ bid for a 35th top-flight title were slim prior the visit of Cadiz, nevertheless this result will serve as a reminder of the gulf between Spain’s ruling teams.
Barca have been re-established under Xavi since his recruitment as manager in November and even devastated the league leaders Real Madrid 4-0 at the Bernabeu previous month.
However, the Barca have experienced a humiliating week, with this trounce coming 5 days following they were defeated at home by Eintracht Frankfurt and eradicated from the Europa League semi-finals.