Barcelona travelled to Villarreal on Sunday knowing victory would allow them to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.
Luis Enrique's men could take a major step toward retaining the league title following Atletico Madrid's loss to Sporting Gijon on Saturday and open up an 11-point gap at the top with eight games to go.
Ivan Rakitic set them on their way with a goal midway through the first half.
Barcelona had the chance to double the lead when Sergio Asenjo was penalised for bringing down Neymar in the penalty area, a decision which was more than a little harsh on the goalkeeper.
@filippomricci Regalado? Mira los pies de Asenjo y Neymar https://t.co/bUAxGWlcrH3/20/2016, 3:44:39 PM
The Brazilian composed himself to score from the spot:
rahmadeux 💆 @rahmadeux
Neymar PK💪 https://t.co/vuafnxp4cj3/20/2016, 3:43:45 PM
Cedric Bakambu pulled one back early in the second half:
And not long after, Villarreal were level thanks to an own goal by Jeremy Mathieu.
And while the hosts couldn't find a winner, they hung on to record a point which moves them six points clear of Sevilla in fourth place.
Barcelona, meanwhile, lead the league by nine points with eight games to go, their unbeaten run intact.
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