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Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona: Lionel Messi sets up two in fine win

Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann has scored nine La Liga goals for Barcelona since his summer move from Atletico Madrid

Barcelona kept alive their slim La Liga title hopes with an excellent victory at in-form Villarreal.

They took an early lead when Pau Torres turned in Jordi Alba's cross but Gerard Moreno levelled for Villarreal.

Lionel Messi brilliantly won the ball in midfield before feeding Luis Suarez - who curled in from 20 yards - and the Barca captain then backheeled to Antoine Griezmann, who scored a magnificent chip.

Ansu Fati blasted in a late fourth.

Barca's front three of Messi, Suarez and Griezmann clicked perfectly in one of their best performances in recent months.

Messi has now reached 19 La Liga assists this season, the most of any player since he reached that figure in 2010-11.

He was unlucky not to score as he had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside and hit the crossbar with a late free-kick.

Barca are four points behind Real Madrid with four games to go and need their old rivals to slip up at least twice to have a hope of retaining their title.

Villarreal had won five games and drawn the other since La Liga restarted following the coronavirus pandemic.

Line-ups

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Gaspar
  • 3Albiol
  • 4TorresBooked at 17mins
  • 18Moreno
  • 11Chukwueze
  • 19Zambo Anguissa
  • 10IborraSubstituted forBrunoat 45'minutes
  • 8CazorlaSubstituted forTrigueros Muñozat 56'minutes
  • 7MorenoSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 45'minutes
  • 17AlcácerSubstituted forBaccaat 36'minutesSubstituted forNiñoat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bacca
  • 13Fernández
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 15Morlanes
  • 16Quintillá
  • 20Peña
  • 21Bruno
  • 22Chakla
  • 23Gómez Bardonado
  • 24Ontiveros
  • 28Lozano
  • 34Niño

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forRakiticat 60'minutes
  • 3PiquéSubstituted forAraújoat 82'minutes
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 73'minutes
  • 22Vidal
  • 20Roberto
  • 10Messi
  • 9SuárezSubstituted forPuigat 60'minutes
  • 17GriezmannSubstituted forFatiat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 8Arthur
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 19Braithwaite
  • 26Peña
  • 28Puig
  • 30Collado
  • 31Fati
  • 33Araújo
  • 35Morer Cabrera
  • 42Rodríguez Jiménez
  • 43Cuenca
Referee:
Carlos del Cerro Grande

Match Stats

Home TeamVillarrealAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away12
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Villarreal 1, Barcelona 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Villarreal 1, Barcelona 4.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Villarreal. Manu Trigueros tries a through ball, but Moi Gómez is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Manu Trigueros (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Ronald Araújo.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Riqui Puig following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  11. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Raúl Albiol (Villarreal).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Gaspar (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Manu Trigueros.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Villarreal 1, Barcelona 4. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Villarreal).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fernando Niño (Villarreal).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 5th July 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid34238362214177
2Barcelona34227578364273
3Atl Madrid341614446252162
4Sevilla331512648331557
5Villarreal341661254441054
6Getafe341411942311153
7Real Sociedad33155135042850
8Ath Bilbao341212103829948
9Valencia341211114350-747
10Granada34138134240247
11Osasuna341112114047-745
12Levante33126154146-542
13Real Valladolid34815112837-939
14Real Betis34911144455-1138
15Alavés3498173251-1935
16Celta Vigo34714133343-1035
17Eibar3398163450-1635
18Mallorca3485213559-2429
19Leganés34610182549-2428
20Espanyol3459202754-2724
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