Celta Vigo put in a superb performance against Barcelona but left Camp Nou with nothing to show for their efforts.
The referee proved influential yet again in Spain as Jordi Alba's third, clinching goal was allowed despite the left-back being miles offside.
It was the third goal and not the decider, but it totally killed Vigo's spirit. Before that, the visitors knew they had a chance to earn a point and were always a threat to La Blaugrana.
Celta managed more shots at Camp Nou than any other team at Camp Nou has this season, including Real Madrid.
However, once they went down two goals to the giants with barely 30 minutes to play, they knew a comeback was all but gone at that point.
Thiago's father with a poor match
Lionel Messi tried his best to score so he could dedicate a goal to his newborn son, Thiago, but failed to do so and had a pretty poor performance overall.
Messi failed to beat Javi Varas one-on-one when the keeper managed the situation perfectly, and his finishing was never at its best.
Fans were fearful when the Argentinian was down on the pitch for almost five minutes, but he got back on the pitch later. Early reports say it was just a bruise and that he should be fine.
More defensive woes
Messi was not the only one with a poor night. The defense for La Blaugrana was just woeful for much of the night, especially in the first half.
On Celta's first counter, Javier Masherano was beaten very badly by Aspas before Valdes did very well to stop him one-on-one.
On the goal, the entire back line fell asleep. It was Sergio Busquets who was left alone in a two-on-one situation, and the visitors took advantage of the opportunity to level.
Barcelona looked much better when Marc Bartra came on in the second half, and the youngster will likely get a lot more time on the pitch now that Adriano is set to miss three weeks.