BARCELONA, (Spain): Neymar scored his 35th goal of the season to lead Barcelona's 2-0 win at home over Real Sociedad on Saturday, provisionally extending its lead of the Spanish league to five points.
The victory puts added pressure on second-place Real Madrid when it hosts fourth-place Valencia later.
Sociedad was fortunate to escape the first half with a scoreless draw at Camp Nou, but Neymar broke through in the 51st minute after Lionel Messi's pass was headed on by a defender.
Substitute Pedro Rodriguez netted from an acrobatic bicycle kick to secure the points near the end.
The final two rounds are in doubt after the Spanish federation announced it was suspending all matches from May 16 in protest at a proposed law regulating the sale of broadcast rights.