Neymar hat-trick keeps pressure on Madrid
Neymar gives Barcelona an important win against Las Palmas with a rare hat-trick. Final score 1-4 to Barca at Estadio Gran Canaria.
Barcelona’s win keeps the Spanish League race alive, but it is still Real Madrid’s title to lose. While both clubs are locked on 87 points and Barca with a better goal difference, Real still have that important game in hand. This season, it seemed that Barcelona couldn’t capitalize whenever Real dropped a match. Instead of winning to play catch up, Barcelona squandered their chances a number of times by either losing their match or getting a draw.
Real Madrid now only need to beat Celta Vigo and Málaga to be crowned champions for 2017. However, Barcelona lost to Málaga earlier in the season. The Catalans can only hope that Málaga do the same against Real. For now, Barcelona’s bitter rivals are not only in a great position to win the title, they could also snatch the double by winning the Champions League if they beat Juventus on the 4th of June. If this happens, it will go down as a great first season for coach Zinedine Zidane and a terrible last season for Luis Enrique.