FC Barcelona moved into second place in La Liga thanks to a 1-0 win at home to Seville. Pedro’s spectacular goal in the 72nd minute decided the result on Sunday night and it was a goal worthy of winning any match, as he controlled the ball, beat two defenders and sent a diagonal shot into the corner.

Both sides had chances, with Gerard Pique’s header against the bar the best of all, but Barcelona did just enough to deserve the win that leaves them 12 points behind Real Madrid with a game in hand, Xinhua reports.

On Saturday, Real Madrid won controversially away to Celta Vigo in a game that saw referee Gonzalez Fuentes award Madrid three penalties and rule out a Celta goal for offside.

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Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot after Nolito clipped Eder Militao’s heel as he was preparing to shoot.

Fuentes then ruled out an equaliser for Celta, deciding that the offside iago Aspas had interfered with play when Thiago Galhardo’s header ended in the back of the net.

Celta equalised in the 52nd minute when Nolito scored from close range, but although Benzema saw a penalty saved in the 63rd minute after Rodrygo had gone down, the Frenchman scored the third penalty of the afternoon after Ferland Mendy was judged to have been fouled on the edge of the Celta area.

Joao Felix and Luis Suarez both scored twice as Atletico Madrid won 4-1 at home to Alaves.

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