Barcelona snatched a late 1-0 victory over Alaves courtesy of a Frenkie de Jong winner.
Barca were looking to bounce against their Copa del Rey extra-time defeat to Athletic Club, however were made to do as such without Ansu Fati, out with another injury.
A victory would have taken with Xaxi Hernandez’s team into fifth and in with a chance of Champions League qualification next season, however they struggled to create beyond a Luuk de Jong volley early in the first half, however they held the ball for much of first half.
In the second half, Alaves – celebrating their 101st anniversary – kept on stifle their more glamorous rivals as Barcelona delivered a succession of crosses without forcing anything particularly dangerous.
With the game looking destined for a draw Ferran Torres picked out De Jong for a simple finish with three minutes of normal time remaining.
The victory leaves Barcelona in fifth, one point off Atletico Madrid in fourth, and Alaves stay nineteenth, in the relegation zone. The two sides stay in their own kind of danger.