MADRID (AP) — Barcelona stumbled for the second consecutive week in the Spanish league, being held to a 2-2 home draw against Celta Vigo and giving its nearest challengers a chance to move closer to the top.
Barcelona now has a five-point lead over second-place Valencia, which plays at mid-table Getafe on Sunday.
Third-place Atletico Madrid and fourth-place Real Madrid are nine points behind the Catalan club ahead of their games later Saturday. Atletico hosts Real Sociedad and Real Madrid plays at Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona had won 11 of its 13 league matches entering the weekend. Its other setbacks in the league this season were draws at Atletico Madrid and at Valencia last week.
It hadn’t lost points at home in 18 straight league matches, since a 1-1 draw against rival Real Madrid nearly a year ago.
Celta has proved a tough opponent for Barcelona, losing only…