Substitute defender Jordi Alba saved his club Barcelona from a disappointing draw to imperfect visitors Osasuna after scoring the winning goal to bring Barça closer to La Liga title.
Barcelona were on course to stumble against Osasuna, who had been playing with ten players since the 27th minute after the sacking of their defender Jorge Irando, but Alba, who came on for Alejando Balde in the 76th minute, managed to score the winning goal. 1:0 five minutes before the end of the match.
Barcelona continued their resurgence with a second consecutive and twenty-sixth win of the season, consolidating their lead with 82 points, temporarily widening their lead to 14 points from their traditional rivals and direct rivals, reigning champions Real Madrid, who later embark on dangerous journey through the land of Real Sociedad IV.
And in the event of the fall of the royal club, Barcelona will need one victory to win the first league title since 2019.
As for Osasuna, who will face Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final next Saturday, they have dropped to ninth place with 44 points.