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Barcelona's title challenge takes a hit

Barcelonas title challenge takes a hit

Suarez's goal was not enough for Barcelona

Just days after Barcelona completed their historic Champions League victory over Paris Saint Germain, they were back in La Liga action on Sunday, taking on Deportivo La Coruna. 

Deportivo came into the game just one place above the relegation zone, whilst Barcelona sat top of La Liga. The fatigue that can be expected from a high intensity Champions League match, combined with the emotional rollercoaster that the players and fans went on throughout the match, were clearly present, as Luis Enrique made five changes to his starting lineup, with the most notable absentee being striker Neymar. 

Barcelona really struggled to get going and find their rhythm throughout, which saw them fall behind five minutes before half time after Joselu finished from close range.

Luis Suarez equalised just moments after the interval, but it was Deportivo who clinched the victory, when Alex Bergantinos headed home the winner after 74 minutes. 

This result opened the door for rivals Real Madrid to take control of the La Liga title race, with Sevilla also in close contention should the others slip up. 

Today was another historic day for Barcelona, but not for a good reason. This match was the first time that Barcelona had suffered defeat in a match that Luis Suarez had scored a goal for them.