BACELONA EDGED OFF CELTA VIGO WITH A GOAL FROM PEDRI TO RECLAIM FIRST PLACE IN LA LIGA ON GOAL DIFFERENTIAL
After Gavi’s left-wing cross was blocked, the 19-year-old made the fastest reaction to score his second goal of the year by turning home from three yards.
Barca put up a disjointed effort, and Celta pushed after falling down and came dangerously near when Jorgen Strand Larsen’s header was overturned.
Goncalo Paciencia struck a post, and Iago Aspas had a shot blocked.
With a 1-0 victory over Getafe on Saturday, Real Madrid had risen to the top of the league.
The two teams will square off in the inaugural El Classico of the season on Sunday with both teams having won seven and drawn one of their first eight league games (15:15 BST).
Ferran Torres, a former Manchester City winger, curled wide early on for Barcelona, which has dropped two of its first three Champions League group games. Summer signings Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski then saw efforts saved.
While Celta improved after falling behind but failed to display a clinical edge in the final third to gain a deserving point, Xavi’s team struggled to maintain coherence and quality for significant portions of the game.
Barcelona has so far allowed just one goal in the league and has four clean sheets in four home games.