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Summary

  1. Pique opens scoring with header; Alena chips keeper for second
  2. Moreno hits post for Villarreal
  3. Barca have won twice in five games now

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

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  1. Barca go top of table

    Carles Alena

    Barcelona went top of La Liga - for two hours at least - with victory over struggling Villarreal.

    Gerard Pique headed in Ousmane Dembele's right-wing cross for the opening goal.

    And youngster Carles Alena scored his first La Liga goal when he chipped the ball over Sergio Asenjo from Lionel Messi's through ball.

    Villarreal should have led earlier on, with Gerard Moreno hitting the post after holding off Clement Lenglet.

    Barca, who had several players out injured, were far from their best although Messi almost added a third late on.

    Sevilla will go back to the top of La Liga if they beat fourth-placed Alaves at 19:45 GMT.

    It was only a second win in five games for Barca, while Villarreal remain one place outside the relegation zone with only one victory in their past eight games.

  2. Goodnight

    I'm going to sign off now for the night, but I'll leave you with a summary of the game.

  3. FULL-TIME

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    It's all over. Barcelona go back to the top of La Liga.

  4. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo does well to come out of his box and head the ball away. And moments later performs a good save to deny Lionel Messi from distance.

  5. INJURY TIME

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Four minutes added on.

  6. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals is booked for catching Sergio Busquets, moments after he thought the Barca man had committed a foul.

  7. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    We're entering the final minute now. The game is practically over but it's getting feisty.

  8. Post update

    Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    That's Carles Alena's first La Liga goal - he had scored once in the Copa del Rey. Before today he only had a total of 61 minutes in the league across four sub appearances.

  9. GOAL - Barcelona 2-0 Villarreal

    Carles Alena

    The youngster seals the win!

    It's a great goal by Carles Alena. He starts the move and finds Lionel Messi. The captain takes the ball on then slips a through ball to Alena, who just lifts the ball over keeper Sergio Asenjo.

    And then kisses the badge in celebration.

  10. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    More fine wing work from Ousmane Dembele, who runs 50 yards and finds Lionel Messi - but the captain's pass is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Ousmane Dembele gets in behind Villarreal's defence and wins a corner. He's been involved so much today - not all of it good, but still very lively.

    From the corner, Malcom heads onto the roof of the net.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Now Barca bring on Malcom for fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. Perhaps a more orthodox winger.

  13. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Gerard Moreno is now replaced by Karl Toko Ekambi, who started against Rangers on Thursday.

    He gets plenty of boos from Barca fans - as well as the issues today, he's ex-Espanyol.

  14. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Gerards Pique and Moreno are having some real beef in this game. Their team-mates pull them apart.

  15. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Barca so close to a second as Philippe Coutinho cuts in from the left and curls one just wide of the far post.

    A mirror Arjen Robben if you will (except not finishing in the back of the net).

  16. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Villarreal are dominating the second half, according to the stats - although I can't say it feels like an equaliser is imminent.

    They've had 56.2% of the ball since the break and five shots to Barca's one (none on target).

  17. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Good play by Ousmane Dembele, but then his final pass is terrible - again. Villarreal clear, it hits the ref, but the yellows keep possession.

  18. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Great link-up with Jordi Alba and Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian's shot is blocked by a diving defender. Another Barca goal now would kill this off.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Barcelona make a change in midfield as 20-year-old Carles Alena replaces Arturo Vidal. Some whistles from the home fans, not sure which bit of that they're unhappy with.

  20. Post update

    Barcelona 1-0 Villarreal

    Santi Cazorla steps up to take a free-kick and he puts it over the crossbar. It wasn't too far away though and Marc-Andre ter Stegen was diving to make sure.