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Barcelona 5-1 Villarreal

Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane Dembele doubled his Barcelona goal tally in one night - he had scored two in his first 20 matches

Barcelona moved to within two games of an unbeaten La Liga season as they brushed Villarreal aside, with Ousmane Dembele scoring twice.

Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring after Dembele's shot was parried and Paulinho tapped home a second.

Lionel Messi poked home following Andres Iniesta's exquisite first-time pass over the defence.

Nicola Sansone pulled one back for Villarreal before Demeble's late double.

He scored into an empty net after good work by Ivan Rakitic and then scored a magnificent second, as he picked the ball up on the halfway line, took on several defenders and chipped Sergio Asenjo from the edge of the box.

Iniesta came off to a standing ovation just before the hour mark. The Barca captain is leaving the club he has spent his entire career at this summer, although there are reports his expected move to China is in doubt.

Ernesto Valverde's Barca now just need to avoid defeat at Levante and at home to Real Sociedad in the next two weekends to become the first team in the modern era to go a whole La Liga season unbeaten.

The last team to achieve the feat was Real Madrid in 1931-32 when there were 18 games in a season.

Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Cillessen
  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forMinaat 80'minutes
  • 25Vermaelen
  • 19Digne
  • 15Paulinho
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forRakiticat 65'minutes
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forSuárezat 61'minutes
  • 11Dembélé
  • 10Messi
  • 14Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 9Suárez
  • 17Alcácer
  • 18Alba
  • 21André Gomes
  • 24Mina

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2GasparBooked at 81mins
  • 3González
  • 6RuizBooked at 44mins
  • 11Costa
  • 10Castillejo Azuaga
  • 16Rodri
  • 14Trigueros MuñozSubstituted forFuego Martínezat 57'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 7CheryshevSubstituted forSansoneat 45'minutes
  • 8Fornals
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forÜnalat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Marín
  • 13Fernández
  • 15Ünal
  • 18Sansone
  • 19Fuego Martínez
  • 23Bonera
  • 28Rabaseda Antolín
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
54,743

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 5, Villarreal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 5, Villarreal 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 5, Villarreal 1. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yerry Mina following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Javi Fuego (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nicola Sansone.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jaume Costa (Villarreal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicola Sansone.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Coutinho tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Coutinho (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Rodri (Villarreal).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samu Castillejo (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pablo Fornals.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Barcelona 4, Villarreal 1. Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ivan Rakitic.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

  13. Post update

    Samu Castillejo (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodri (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Gaspar.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Lucas Digne (Barcelona) because of an injury.

  18. Booking

    Mario Gaspar (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Yerry Mina replaces Gerard Piqué.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona. Lionel Messi tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona36279094247090
2Atl Madrid36229555203575
3Real Madrid36219686424472
4Valencia36207962372567
5Real Betis36185135656059
6Villarreal36176135146557
7Sevilla36166144656-1054
8Getafe361410124132952
9Girona36139144857-948
10Eibar36138154148-747
11Real Sociedad36137166356746
12Celta Vigo361210145552346
13Alavés36142203748-1144
14Ath Bilbao361013134045-543
15Espanyol361013133141-1043
16Levante361013133750-1343
17Leganés36117182946-1740
18Dep La Coruña36611193570-3529
19Las Palmas3657242371-4822
20Malaga3655262356-3320
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