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Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi's goal was his 32nd in 30 games for Barcelona this season.

Lionel Messi scored the winning goal as Barcelona twice came from behind to beat Villarreal and record their eighth victory in a row.

Barca fell behind when Denis Cheryshev diverted a shot home but Neymar levelled from a rebound.

Luciano Vietto slotted home to put the visitors ahead with the first of three goals in the space of four minutes.

Rafinha equalised from close range before Messi curled home to cut Real Madrid's lead at the top to one point.

Barca made the the early running, with former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez denied by Sergio Asenjo following Dani Alves' cross.

But Villarreal went in front when Cheryshev stuck out a leg and diverted Mario's off-target shot into the net.

A fine move led to Barca equalising as Rafinha's shot following Messi's cross was saved by Asenjo only for Neymar to strike home the rebound.

The visitors regained the lead early in the second half as Gerard Pique lost the ball to Giovani, who ran on and crossed for Vietto to net his 10th goal of the season.

Villarreal's lead lasted just two minutes, though, with Rafinha netting after Victor Ruiz blocked Messi's header following Suarez's cross.

And Barca grabbed the winner as Messi's right-foot curler took him to 32 goals for the season and kept Real Madrid well in sight.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 13Bravo
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 3Piqué
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 12RafinhaBooked at 63minsSubstituted forRakiticat 88'minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forMathieuat 71'minutes
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10Messi
  • 9L SuárezSubstituted forPedroat 79'minutes
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Xavi
  • 7Pedro
  • 20Sergi
  • 21Adriano
  • 24Mathieu

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Perez Martinez
  • 5Musacchio
  • 15Ruiz
  • 18Costa Jordá
  • 6dos SantosBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGómez Bardonadoat 84'minutes
  • 4PinaSubstituted forTrigueros Muñozat 76'minutes
  • 21BrunoBooked at 23mins
  • 17Cheryshev
  • 9dos SantosSubstituted forUcheat 89'minutes
  • 7Vietto

Substitutes

  • 8Uche
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 16Dorado Ramírez
  • 19Gómez Bardonado
  • 22Rukavina
  • 23Moreno Balagueró
  • 25Sánchez Martínez
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
60,005

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamVillarreal
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, Villarreal 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Villarreal 2.

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

Foul by Mario (Villarreal).

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jaume Costa (Villarreal).

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Dani Alves.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Ikechukwu Uche replaces Giovani dos Santos.

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

Foul by Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mario (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Rafinha.

Offside, Villarreal. Manu Trigueros tries a through ball, but Giovani dos Santos is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Rafinha (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Moi Gómez replaces Jonathan dos Santos.

Attempt missed. Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan dos Santos with a cross following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

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

Foul by Jaume Costa (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Luis Suárez.

Attempt missed. Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jaume Costa with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Manu Trigueros replaces Tomás Pina.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mario.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Víctor Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeremy Mathieu replaces Sergio Busquets.

Attempt missed. Mario (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

Jaume Costa (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Dani Alves.

Attempt missed. Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomás Pina.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Offside, Villarreal. Tomás Pina tries a through ball, but Víctor Ruiz is caught offside.

Booking

Rafinha (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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