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Spanish La Liga: Las Palmas hold Barcelona to 1-1 draw


Barcelona failed to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table, after a 1-1 draw against Las Palmas on Thursday night.

The result, which extends Barca’s club-record unbeaten league run to 33 games, takes them five points above their next opponents Atletico Madrid.

A win over Las Palmas would have seen Barcelona stay seven points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid.

Lionel Messi fired a free-kick into the opposite corner of the net to give Barcelona the lead, but the former West Ham striker Jonathan Calleri’s excellently dispatched penalty into the top corner rescued a point for the Canary Island hosts.

“The penalty came as a shock to us because of how it was awarded,” said Barca’s boss Ernesto Valverde.

“We felt that they equalized with an ‘invisible’ penalty. They grew stronger after that and we played in too much of a hurry.

“We really wanted to leave here with three points. In the first half, we felt we were always creating danger and their players kept on picking up yellow cards. We went ahead in the first half but it was not a big enough margin.”

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