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Result: Jeremy Mathieu the hero as Barcelona labour to Celta Vigo win

Barcelona maintain their four-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid by labouring to a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo at Balaidos.

Defender Jeremy Mathieu scored the only goal of the game as Barcelona edged out stubborn Celta Vigo to restore their four-point lead over Real Madrid in La Liga's title race.

The French centre-half thundered a header past Sergio Alvarez on 73 minutes to break the hosts' resistance at Balaidos and maintain their advantage over second-placed Los Blancos.

Celta's Argentinian defender Gustavo Cabral (R) vies with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on April 5, 2015© Getty Images

Just one of two teams to beat Barca at Camp Nou this season, Celta reminded the Catalans how dangerous they can be when Joaquin Larrivey - who scored the decisive goal in Catalunya - saw his low drive pushed away by Claudio Bravo after 10 minutes.

Despite an abundance of possession, the Primera Liga leaders struggled in the final third but did come close on 13 minutes, with Neymar firing wide after Lionel Messi's curler was well saved by Alvarez.

It was the hosts who finished the half in the ascendancy. First, Eduardo Berizzo's side had a goal chalked off for offside, before Larrivey inexplicably failed to convert after being found by Fabian Orellana's cross.

With four successive Liga victories under their belt, Luis Enrique's side began finding their rhythm in the second half and Neymar's stunning effort was also ruled out for offside on 48 minutes.

Unperturbed, Barcelona carried on in the same vein as Messi perked up and fired wide, before Dani Alves spurned arguably the chance of the game after 63 minutes and missed the target from a fine position.

It was not all one-way traffic, however, as Celta found their first-half fluency at times and Hugo Mallo curled just wide on 71 minutes - a warning that the visitors finally acknowledged.

Mathieu, who opened the scoring against Real Madrid a fortnight ago, scored in back-to-back outings as he rose highest to plant a fine header past Alvarez from Xavi's free kick.

Things went from bad to worse for Celta in the dying stages as Orellana was given his marching orders for appearing to throw a piece of turf at Sergio Busquets's face as the clash ended on a sour note.

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Celta's Argentinian defender Gustavo Cabral (R) vies with Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on April 5, 2015
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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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