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After win vs PSG, Barcelona loses Spanish league lead

Updated: 2017-03-13 10:21

After win vs PSG, Barcelona loses Spanish league lead

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action during the game between Deportivo and Barcelona on March 12, 2017. [Photo/Agencies] 

REAL MADRID 2, REAL BETIS 1 Sergio Ramos' powerful header helped Madrid survive Keylor Navas' mistake.

The goalkeeper stopped Antonio Sanabria's 25th-minute shot after diving to his left, but the ball escaped his grip and he ended pushing it across the line while trying to pull it back.

Navas yelled at himself after getting up and covered his face with both hands.

Navas is having an up-and-down season and is often criticized by Madrid fans and Spanish media, but he helped his cause thanks to the difficult late save off a close-range header by Sanabria.

Betis players wanted a red card for Navas just before the own-goal after he left his area and collided with Darko Brasanac, but the referee didn't call a foul.

Betis played a man down from the 78th after Cristiano Piccini was shown a second yellow card.

Cristiano Ronaldo's 41st-minute goal came off a header following a cross by Marcelo.

REAL SOCIEDAD 0, ATHLETIC BILBAO 2 Real Sociedad's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took a hit after a home loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby.

Real Sociedad needed a victory at its Anoeta Stadium to stay within one point of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, the first team in the qualifying zone for next season's European competition.

Seventh-placed Athletic got on the board with a 28th-minute penalty kick converted by Raul Garcia and added to the lead with Inaki Williams in the 56th after a mistake by defender Alvaro Odriozola. His pass back to a teammate came up short and was intercepted by Williams.

CELTA VIGO 0, VILLARREAL 1 Forward Roberto Soldado scored the winner just before halftime to move Villarreal to fifth place.

Villarreal's third straight league win moved it above Real Sociedad in the standings. Both teams have 48 points, but Villarreal is ahead on goal difference.

Celta, winless in four league games, played without some regular starters ahead of its Europa League Round-of-16 match at Russian team Krasnodar on Thursday. Celta won the first leg 2-1.

The Associated Press

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