March 2 (IANS): La Liga leaders FC Barcelona stumbled here against UD Las Palmas and had to settle for a 1-1 draw that leaves them with a margin of just five points over second-placed Atletico Madrid in the Spanish football league.
Atletico Madrid has the opportunity to increase their chances to win the League title when they meet Barcelona on Sunday at the Camp Nou, Barcelona.
While the draw sees Barca extend their unbeaten league record, they are now just five points clear of Atletico in second.
Lionel Messi gave the Blaugrana the advantage with a stunning free-kick after 21 minutes, but the hosts equalised from a controversial penalty as Jonathan Calleri converted.
Antoine Griezmann sets his sights on Barcelona by admitting that he would love to score for Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in Sunday's clash.
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Las Palmas past year looked pretty confident at a high level, in the same season, the team has little to go.
Messi sent his free kick straight into the top corner, leaving Chichizola with no chance, even though the goalkeeper knew exactly where it was going.
Ernesto Valverde called the penalty decision that cost Barcelona victory at Las Palmas "invisible" and admitted he was still none the wiser over why it was given.
He added later: "We do not know why the referee whistled in that play".
"We leave with a bittersweet sensation, because we've let two points go".
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Las Palmas coach Paco Jemez snapped a miserable run of eight consecutive defeats to Barca from when he was in charge of Rayo Vallecano and said his team were slowly but surely finding their feet in their fight against the drop.
Levante, 17th, have not won for 14 matches and hover just one point above the relegation zone. In the first half we felt we were always creating danger and their players kept on picking up yellow cards.
Griezmann scored twice in the first half with goals in the 26th and 35th minute, and doubled his tally after the break with further strikes after 56 and 67 minutes to see his side to a comfortable win.
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