Five-time European champions Barcelona missed another opportunity to take the lead in the Spanish La Liga after they could only play a goalless draw at home to title rivals and league leaders Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

Barcelona needed a win to upstage Atletico at the top of the table but they were unable to get that win. To this effect, the Catalan giants stay in third place in the title race behind the Madrid duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Catalan giants Barcelona have themselves to blame after a poor home form of one point in the last two games. They have not been able to replicate their almost impeccable away form at home in the last two matches.

Barcelona missed out on the opportunity to secure a place at the La Liga summit in their penultimate league game at home against Granada. They conceded two goals in the second half to lose the game despite taking the lead through talisman Lionel Messi. Veteran striker Jorge Molina scored ten minutes from time to hand Granada a 2-1 win at Barcelona.

The Granada match was a big opportunity for Barcelona to move a step closer to three La Liga titles in four years but they were unable to take it. Barcelona were then handed another opportunity at home to the leaders Atletico Madrid and that was also missed by the Ronald Koeman-led team.

Real Madrid and Sevilla are the other two teams in the title race apart from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and the two teams played out a four-goal thriller when they met at the weekend. A win for second-placed Real Madrid would have taken them ahead of city rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table via the head-to-head rule.