FC Barcelona kept their title hopes alive as they met expectations and secured a comfortable 1-4 victory over UD Las Palmas at the Estadio de Gran Canaria.
In the 25th minute, it was a great individual effort by Busquets resulting in Iniesta having a lot of time and space in the middle of the field, which he used to find a pass into the run of Luis Suarez who was through on goal but laid it off to Neymar for a easy tap in to open the scoreline for Barcelona.
Only 2 minutes later, it was Neymar with a brilliant through ball to Luis Suarez, resulting in a two goal lead for Barcelona as the Uruguayan chipped the ball over Javi Varas into the far corner.
A well-executed counter attack by Las Palmas in the 63th minute gave Kevin-Prince Boateng the chance to put a low cross in the box for Pedro Bigas to strike first time and bring the match back into reach for Las Palmas.
The match intensified after the hosts scored but it didn’t last long as Ivan Rakitic’s cross was converted by Neymar for his second goal of the match with a well-placed header in the 67th minute.
Shortly after, in the 71st minute, Jordi Alba found Neymar with a through ball and the Brazilian completed his hat-trick as he somehow found a way to put the ball past Javi Varas, despite being forced to shoot from a very tight angle.
The score line was a fair reflection of the match, perhaps Jesé Rodríguez should’ve scored from a good opportunity in the 59th minute. Javier Mascherano’s injury during the pre-match warm up led to Marlon making the starting eleven for the first time and Lucas Digne starting as a right-back.
The Frenchmen handled his task fairly well, while Marlon played fantastic throughout the ninety minutes and gave a good account of himself. Referee González González made a controversial decision in the 6th minute as he gave Lucas Digne a yellow card for what has been deemed a professional foul by Las Palmas players and supporters. Apart from the incident in the 6th minute González González maintained good control of the match.
All You Need To Know About the Title Race
Real Madrid have a game in hand on Barcelona, which they play away at Celta Vigo on Wednesday. Three points for Real will take them three points clear of Barca with one game remaining.
Barcelona host Eibar on the final day of the season, whereas Real Madrid travel to play Malaga. FCB will be hoping that Real suffer defeat in their next two games, or the title race will swing in their rivals favour.