Vigo, Spain, Mar 30 (EFE).- A goal by Borja Oubiña with three minutes before time allowed Celta Vigo soccer club to salvage a tie against Barcelona, which, as expected, saved many of its top players for its quarterfinal Champions League duel against Paris Saint Germain.
But barring any major catastrophe, Barca has the Spanish League tied up. Its real challenge will be the Champions League. The technical staff headed by Tito Vilanova knows it, which is why he saved most of his top players from the Vigo fray, with only Messi, Pique, Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas on the field from the usual lineup.
The visiting Barcelona squad was obviously not giving its all, and failed to take advantage of a Celta Vigo that was far too conservative.
Celta Vigo was able to celebrate briefly on its home field, however, when it went ahead in the first half with a goal by Natxo Insa.
But just five minutes later the Argentine Leo Messi tipped the ball to Cristian Tello, who booted it past Javi Varas to score.
From then on, Barcelona's domination was almost crushing. Celta gave up the attack and fell behind when Messi scored a tie-breaker against Varas in the second half.
But Celta wasn't finished and fought back for a tie, which it grabbed with a header into the net by Borja Oubiña, taking advantage of some defensive stumbling by Barcelona.