Spanish La Liga
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Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal

Neymar scores from the penalty spot against to put Barcelona ahead against Villarreal

Neymar made it five goals in two games as Barcelona went three points clear at the top of La Liga with a hard-earned win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp.

The 21-year-old Brazil forward followed up his Champions League hat-trick against Celtic by scoring a penalty after Mario had handled.

Villarreal stunned the Nou Camp by levelling, Mateo Musacchio heading home from a corner.

But Neymar rounded off a week to remember with a close-range finish.

Barcelona move clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid, who entertain Valencia on Sunday, after a 23rd successive home league win, a run stretching back to October 2012.

But Gerardo Martino's side were made to work hard by a Villarreal side who will be disappointed they did not come away with a point.

Alex Song had already hit the woodwork when Mario was harshly adjudged to have handled Jordi Alba's 30th minute cross, Neymar sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

Sergio Asenjo had little to do until then but the Villarreal keeper produced a fine stop to frustrate Alexis Sanchez five minutes before the interval.

Villarreal, who are fifth in the table after winning promotion last season, levelled three minutes into the second half when Musacchio took advantage of slack marking to head home from a corner. Barcelona were rattled.

Former Tottenham forward Giovani dos Santos went close to giving the visitors the lead before Neymar restored Barca's lead with a simple tap-in after a delightful move involving Alexis and Cesc Fabregas.

The hosts, who are now five points clear of third-placed Real Madrid, finished strongly, with Andres Iniesta denied by another fine save from Asenjo.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 2Montoya
  • 18Alba
  • 16Busquets
  • 15Bartra
  • 3Piqué
  • 17SongSubstituted forXaviat 62'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 4FábregasSubstituted forSergiat 87'minutes
  • 9SánchezSubstituted forPedroat 84'minutes
  • 11NeymarBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 5Puyol
  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 14Mascherano
  • 20Tello
  • 24Sergi
  • 25Olazábal Paredes

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Perez Martinez
  • 18Costa Jordá
  • 4Pina
  • 5Musacchio
  • 16Dorado Ramírez
  • 17AquinoSubstituted forPereiraat 74'minutes
  • 28Ramos GómezSubstituted forUcheat 64'minutes
  • 9dos Santos
  • 14Trigueros MuñozBooked at 38mins
  • 11PérezSubstituted forJokicat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jokic
  • 7Perbet
  • 8Uche
  • 20Gabriel
  • 24Pereira
  • 25Sánchez Martínez
  • 27Gómez Bardonado
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
66,130

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home13
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 2, Villarreal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Villarreal 1.
Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Neymar (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.
Attempt missed. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball.
Marc Bartra (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ikechukwu Uche (Villarreal).
Foul by Pedro (Barcelona).
Jaume Costa (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Francesc Fábregas.
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Pereira (Villarreal).
Offside, Barcelona. Neymar tries a through ball, but Jordi Alba is caught offside.

Booking

Neymar (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mario.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Alexis Sánchez.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.
Attempt saved. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.
Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Jonathan Pereira replaces Javier Aquino.
Attempt missed. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.
Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gerard Piqué.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Bojan Jokic replaces Hernán Pérez.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 2, Villarreal 1. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.
Foul by Gerard Piqué (Barcelona).
Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Ikechukwu Uche replaces Edu Ramos.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.
Attempt saved. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Xavi replaces Alexandre Song.
Delay in match Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal) because of an injury.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Chechu Dorado.
Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tomás Pina (Villarreal).
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Javier Aquino (Villarreal).
Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.
Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marc Bartra.
Attempt missed. Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Javier Aquino.
Offside, Barcelona. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Alexis Sánchez is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 1, Villarreal 1. Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Manu Trigueros with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Martín Montoya.
Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).
Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mario (Villarreal).

Second Half

Second Half begins Barcelona 1, Villarreal 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Barcelona 1, Villarreal 0.
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal).
Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).
Manu Trigueros (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.
Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

Booking

Manu Trigueros (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Manu Trigueros (Villarreal).
Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).
Jaume Costa (Villarreal) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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