Lionel Messi

Barcelona’s Argentinian forward, Lionel Messi {L}.

Barcelona slipped up with a goalless draw at Elche but stayed in the title race courtesy of Atletico Madrid’s draw at home to Malaga.

It leaves Barcelona three points adrift of Atletico ahead of the sides’ title showdown at Camp Nou.

Barcelona dominated the early exchanges but struggled to find a way through a resolute Elche backline although they went close when Andres Iniesta thumped a volley against the crossbar.

Lionel Messi blew an opportunity to edge the visitors ahead after the restart but it was Elche who spurned the biggest chance at the death when Garry Rodrigues fired wide.