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Villarreal 1 – 4 Barcelona

standard: Antoine Griezmann ended his recent scoring drought as Barcelona produced one of their best away performances of the season to beat Villarreal 4-1 on Sunday and keep their slim hopes of winning LaLiga alive.

The French forward was back in the starting line-up after starting the last two matches on the bench and being introduced for only the final seconds plus stoppage time in the 2-2 draw at home to Atletico Madrid last Tuesday.

Barca found themselves provisionally seven points behind title rivals Real Madrid after Los Blancos beat Athletic Club 1-0 in Bilbao earlier in the day and had to win this one in order to stay in the race with only four rounds remaining after this one.

Quique Setien’s side got off to an ideal start as Sergi Roberto played a ball to Jordi Alba on the left and his cutback from the byline was poked in by Villarreal’s Pau Torres from close range under pressure from Griezmann with just over three minutes on the clock.

Villarreal, in fine form since the league restarted and chasing a Champions League place themselves, could hardly get out of their half early on but levelled with their first meaningful attack as Paco Alcacer played a ball from the right to Santi Cazorla on the other side, has drive was parried by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Gerard Moreno blasted home from the rebound.

Luis Suarez then restored Barca’s lead with a beautiful curler from the edge of the box after a fine run from Messi between two Villarreal players with 20 minutes gone.

Barca had led 2-1 in each of their last two games, but were unable to win either of those as they were pegged back to 2-2 draws by both Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid.

But they always looked like adding to their tally here and Griezmann scored his first goal since the 1-1 draw away to Napoli in February as he received a Messi back-heel on the edge of the area and lofted a lovely curler over Asenjo and into the corner to make it 3-1 shortly before the interval.

Setien’s side continued to dominate in the second half and the Barca boss substituted Suarez after an hour, sending on youngster Riqui Puig and Ivan Rakitic as Nelson Semedo also came off.

Messi later saw a strike rule out for a marginal offside after a lovely move and the Argentine hit the bar with a late free-kick, but Ansu Fati rounded off a comfortable win as he ran down the left and cut into the area to beat Ansejo with a low shot inside his near post two minutes from time.

Barca close the gap at the top back to four points with four rounds remaining, while Villarreal stay in fifth, three adrift of fourth-placed Sevilla.

Source: Published by standard

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Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Congrats to barca

Friday Barinua Michael
Friday Barinua Michael
1 month ago

Don’t know why he’s always benched

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
1 month ago

Congrat to Barça

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

Congratulations

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Congrats to Barcelona

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Congrats to Barca

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
1 month ago

Congratulations Barca

Amiwero Davidson
Amiwero Davidson
1 month ago

What a win

Nice eze ngozi blessings
Nice eze ngozi blessings
1 month ago

Congrats to Barca

Onusiriuka Ezichi
Onusiriuka Ezichi
1 month ago

Congratulations barca

Cherry
Cherry
1 month ago

Congrat to Barca

Ademola micheal
Ademola micheal
1 month ago

Congrats

Deniyi Olanrewaju
Deniyi Olanrewaju
1 month ago

That’s wonderful

Ikechimark ludger
Ikechimark ludger
1 month ago

Very nice goals😋

Ini Ben
Ini Ben
1 month ago

Hard work works!

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
1 month ago

Well played Barca

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

Wow, Barca really defeat Villarreal

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
1 month ago

Up Barca

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Congratulations to Barcelona

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Nice one to Messi my best player

Ezema paul
Ezema paul
1 month ago

Congratulations Barcelona

Oluwatimilehin olakunle
Oluwatimilehin olakunle
1 month ago

Congratulations to barca

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
1 month ago

Good action.

victor okonkwo
victor okonkwo
1 month ago

Nice play!

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

good win for Barcelona

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

Nice

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

Barcelona had a wonderful display

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Wow big congrats to barca

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

Well deserved victory

BLESSING IGONI
BLESSING IGONI
1 month ago

Congratulatons To Barcelona

Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
1 month ago

Foça Barça. Great game

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Congrats to Barcelona

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Fantastic display by bacar

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

Nice win for Barca

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

nice from Barcelona

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Big victory for Barcelona.

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

Barcelona played wonderfully well

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Congrats to Barcelona

Daniel Sunday
Daniel Sunday
1 month ago

congratulations Barca

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

Barcelona is back

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

Barca is back

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
1 month ago

Messi self

Aremoh James Oyewole
Aremoh James Oyewole
1 month ago

Very encouraging winn

Uka, Adaeze Imaga
Uka, Adaeze Imaga
1 month ago

up Barcelona

Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
Aderibigbe Latifat Adeyinka
1 month ago

Congrats to Barca

John Samuel Ochiwu
John Samuel Ochiwu
1 month ago

Thank God griezmann and Messi have settled

Juliet chinyere
Juliet chinyere
1 month ago

Is too later

Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
Ogunleye Gideon Ayomide
1 month ago

Congrats to Barca

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

Congrats. But cannot meet up real madrid

Ogunleye Michael Adetomiwa
Ogunleye Michael Adetomiwa
1 month ago

Up Barca