European roundup: Barcelona reclaim top spot as Napoli do the same in Serie A

Pedri’s first-half goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Sunday to move them back to the top of La Liga but they had to battle for the victory against determined opponents.

Barca are level on 22 points with Real Madrid but have a better goal difference before the pair face each other next Sunday at the Santiago Bernabéu.

It was the seventh consecutive league win for Barcelona. Celta’s Argentinian goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin made an incredible save in the 10th minute with the tip of his left hand to keep out a brilliant long-range shot from Raphinha. However, he was beaten seven minutes later by Pedri’s close-range strike from a rebound after capitalising on an error by defender Unai Nunez who tried to clear Gavi’s cross.

Celta looked much better after the break, taking control of the ball and creating several chances, but were denied by goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.

Celta made a late push but Ter Stegen made three brilliant safes to deny Celta an…

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This article was written by Reuters and originally published on www.theguardian.com