Barcelona suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano Sunday, handing Real Madrid the chance to win La Liga if they draw at home to Espanyol next weekend.

Barca’s place in the top four is still not secure either after a third consecutive defeat at Camp Nou continued their late-season wobble and saw them squander the chance to pull away in the race for Champions League qualification.

Real remain 15 points clear with five games left to play and while Barca have a better head-to-head, Carlo Ancelotti’s side know they will be uncatchable if they take just a point from Espanyol Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu.

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