DOWNLOAD VIDEO: Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar [La Liga] Highlights 2016/17
The Catalans needed to win and then hope Madrid lost at Malaga in order to secure a third consecutive league championship, but Zinedine Zidane’s side held their nerve to prevail 2-0.
Barca – seeking a 12th straight top-flight home win – were stunned by Takashi Inui’s seventh-minute opener, a fine finish that ricocheted in off the underside of the crossbar.
Luis Suarez spurned two glorious chances to level before the interval, with Eibar goalkeeper Yoel helping to preserve a shock lead, while fortune favoured Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side when Lionel Messi somehow scuffed wide from six yards in the second half.
That proved costly when Inui crashed in his second off the frame of the goal, but it stirred Barca into life and David Junca’s own goal cut the deficit in the 63rd minute.
A blatant dive from Jordi Alba fooled referee Alejandro Hernandez into awarding a penalty, but Yoel acrobatically kept out Messi’s effort, only for Suarez to level it up three minutes later.
Messi then atoned for his spot-kick failure by converting another after Neymar had been fouled by Ander Capa, whose red card added to the drama before Messi’s late solo goal sealed it.