After late win over Osasuna, Barça near La Liga title

After Real Madrid’s 2-0 loss at Real Sociedad and Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Osasuna, Barcelona is now one win away from clinching the La Liga title.

After late win over Osasuna, Barça near La Liga title

If they win their next league game against local rivals Espanyol on May 14, they will win their 27th Spanish crown.

Barça’s Jordi Alba scored a late winner against a 10-man Osasuna at the Camp Nou after coming off the bench. With 82 points after 33 games, they increased their advantage over Real Madrid by 14 points.

Barça failed to capitalise on several opportunities against an obstinate Osasuna side who played tenacious defence despite being a man down for most of the contest. As a result of a red card to defender Jorge Herrando for a foul that prevented Pedri from scoring in the first half, Osasuna held on until Robert Lewandowski’s 85th minute cross found Frenkie de Jong, who nodded it to Jordi Alba, who scored with a left-footed effort.

Barca’s wastefulness began in the 25th minute, when Pedri missed a sitter from close range. Raphinha sent a free kick from the edge of the area well over the crossbar, and Xavi eventually substituted Ansu Fati for the injured Gavi.

Ronald Arajo, De Jong, Ansu Fati, and Lewandowski all wasted opportunities, and Lewandowski had a goal disallowed by the video assistant referee in the 78th minute owing to an offside in the buildup. Alba sneaked behind the defence with time running out and scored the game-winning goal.

When Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal was sent off in the second half against Real Sociedad, they were already playing with 10 men.

RB Leipzig defeated Freiburg 5-1 in the German Cup semifinals, setting up a championship match against either Eintracht Frankfurt or Stuttgart.

A strike by Chelsea-bound forward Christopher Nkunku helped Leipzig to a 4-0 lead before Freiburg cut the deficit in half after Josko Gvardiol was sent off. But in the nick of time, Dominik Szoboszlai scored again.



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