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Barcelona lost a shock La Liga match at home to relegation-threatened Cadiz, putting Real Madrid closer to winning the Spanish title.

The visitors started the day in the bottom three, but Lucas Perez scored a close-range goal shortly after half-time to give them a fighting chance. This was Barcelona’s first setback in La Liga since December 4, snapping a 15-match unbeaten streak in the league. With seven games remaining, Barcelona is 15 points behind Real Madrid.

Before the visit of Cadiz, the Catalans’ chances of derailing their great rivals’ drive for a 35th top-flight title were slim, but this result will serve as a reminder of the chasm that exists between Spain’s greatest sides. Since Xavi’s appointment as manager in November, Barca have been resurgent, even thrashing league leaders Real Madrid 4-0 at the Bernabeu last month.

The Nou Camp team, on the other hand, has had a difficult week, with this defeat coming only five days after they were thrashed at home by Eintracht Frankfurt and knocked out of the Europa League semi-finals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore, who joined the Premier League in January, were left out of the starting XI against Cadiz before being introduced as the home side sought an equalizer, but the visitors held strong. With six games remaining, Cadiz has moved two points ahead of the relegation zone.

Real Madrid can now win the La Liga title on Sunday!!!

Carlo Ancelotti’s side can now win La Liga as soon as this weekend after Real Madrid’s triumph over Sevilla last night — effectively a six-point swing at the top of the table — and Barcelona’s surprising home loss to Cadiz tonight. To be sure, it would require an unlikely scenario, but it is plausible. Real Madrid can be champions by Sunday if they beat Osasuna on Wednesday. They can do so from the comfort of their own homes. Barcelona would need to win a maximum of one point in their next two games (Real Sociedad on Thursday; Rayo Vallecano on Sunday), while Atletico Madrid would need to tie or lose against Granada on Wednesday.

Of course, that’s a big ask, but the fact that we’re talking about it demonstrates that, even if it doesn’t happen this weekend, Real Madrid will win La Liga.

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