The Barcelona’s hinged hopes of winning La Liga for a third consecutive season have been dealt ablow as they were held to a 2-all draw against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou stadium.

Barcelona who are the defending Champions opened the scoring sheet by sheer luck, when Atletico’s striker Diego Costa, scored an own goal from Lionel Messi’s corner kick in the 11th minute.

The Visitors were awarded a Penalty and Spain international Saul Niguez, put the ball home to level the match in the 19th minute of time.

The game saw Lionel Messi Restore Catalans Giant lead again as he net his 700th Career goal for Barcelona and Argentina, the result however, means more dropped points for La Liga's defending champions as they are one behind first-placed Real Madrid, who have a game in hand against Getafe on Thursday.

Messi's goal was not enough to stop Barcelona slipping up in the title race, as Saul scored the equalizer once again from the spot in the 62nd minute.

With the results, La Liga champions, Barcelona remain 2nd in the standings, 1 point behind Real Madrid who will welcome Getafe on Thursday. Getafe are coming prepared considering they just won their match against Real Sociedad.