Barcelona continued their charge towards a 25th La Liga title with a hard fought 2-0 victory away at Eibar.
The league leaders got off to a fine start when Luis Suarez latched onto Lionel Messi's stunning through ball in the 16th minute to give the away side an early advantage.
However, Eibar, who are in seventh and chasing a Europa League spot themselves, proved why they were so high up in the table as they managed to frustrate Barcelona for the remainder of the half.
The home side were still well in the game going into the latter stages of the second half, but their chances of snatching a result took a hefty blow when Chilean winger Fabián Orellana was given his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card.
And with a man disadvantage, José Luis Mendilibar's men could not find a way back into the tie, and Jordi Alba ensured the points would be heading back to Catalonia after scoring Barcelona's second in the dying minutes.
That three points means Barcelona are now ten points clear of second placed Atletico Madrid, albeit Diego Simone's men have the chance to cut that down to seven when they host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Eibar remain in seventh.
FABIAN ORELLANA'S RED CARD WAS JUST SO STUPID
Orellana was a contender for the man-of-the-match award, but his downright stupidity ended up costing his side any chance of taking a point off the league leaders.
The Chilean, who was already on a booking after a late challenge on Andres Iniesta, was evidently furious after teammate Pape Diop picked up a yellow card.
In his defence, Diop's yellow card was extremely soft, but the way Orellana reacted was unacceptable.
With the ball being passed back to the spot in which the foul took place, the 32-year-old punched the ball away; forcing the referee to give him the yellow card.
You can view his sending off here:
HE'S BEEN SENT OFF VS BARCELONA BEFORE
This is not the first time the Chilean has let his emotions get the better of him; he was also sent off in 2015 in a game between Celta Vigo and Barcelona.
The reason? For throwing a tuft of grass at Sergio Busquets.
Yes, you read that right.
After Busquets faked to take a free-kick in an apparent time wasting manner, Orellana reacted by picking up some grass and lobbing it in the face of the Spaniard.
Watch the incident back in 2015 here:
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