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Summary

  1. Villarreal twice take the lead
  2. Barca four points off leaders Real Madrid
  3. Visitors in Champions League contention
  4. #bbceurofooty

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Thanks for joining us today for that cracking game. Now I'm off home to pretend I understand what's happening in the Super Bowl before getting bored halfway through and going to bed.

SCORE FROM EUROPE

Monaco drew 0-0 with Ligue 1 leaders Lyon, who are now only two points clear of Marseille and Paris St-Germain.

THE GAME IN NUMBERS

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

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Madan: Most entertaining game of the season! Absolute insanity at times.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

So what does that mean?

Well Barcelona are now within a point of leaders Real Madrid (albeit having played a game more).

Villarreal's 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions is over.

And Barcelona have now won eight in a row since losing to David Moyes's Real Sociedad.

FULL-TIME

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

A wonderful game. Maybe not at the end as it drifted out a bit but great win for Barcelona.

INJURY TIME

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

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Three minutes added on.

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Ibn Askar Ali: Suarez come back where you're more appreciated son #ynwa

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Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

Final change for the Yellow Submarine, as Nigeria's Ikechukwu Uche replaces Giovani dos Santos.

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Dan Brewer: Barca sacrifice other players to feed Messi and to be fair it's worked for them. Fabregas, Toure, Sanchez but most noticeably Zlatan

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Barcelona goalscorer Rafinha, the brother of Thiago, comes off with a nose injury and he's replaced by Ivan Rakitic.

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Villarreal make a second change as Jonathan dos Santos, a former Barcelona youngster, comes off for Moi Gomez.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

Luciano Vietto heads well over from Jonathan dos Santos's left-wing free-kick - Villarreal aren't going to get too many more chances today.

EUROPEAN UPDATE

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AC Milan have beaten Parma 3-1; Monaco are 0-0 with leaders Lyon with 12 minutes left in the French league.

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No goal for Luis Suarez tonight, although he had a hand in a couple of their goals. Old reliable Pedro comes on.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

Denis Cheryshev heads wide for Villarreal but it never felt like it was going to drop in. Their first half-chance in a while.

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Villarreal make a midfield change as Manu Trigueros replaces Tomas Pina. You sense their momentum has gone a bit.

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Callum: That Messi goal deserves more recognition but because he does it week in week out, we all see it as 'normal'.

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Barcelona bring on centre-back Jeremy Mathieu for defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets. Javier Mascherano will move into that midfield role with Mathieu slotting it at the back.

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David Grey, Liverpool fan in London: Liverpool nearly won the Premier League by always giving the ball to Luis Suarez. Barca seem very reluctant to pass to him. And take a free-kick? No chance. Wasting him.

Anon: At least Suarez appears to be behaving better. Maybe it's different ethics and values.

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Obynoch: Anytime the opposition have ball on counter there are usually two or three yellow jerseys in Barca 18-yard box. I'm loving this game.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

Football writer Iain Macintosh on Twitter: This Barcelona - Villarreal game is like a really tightly edited highlight package. But for every minute of the second half.

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Barbuwa Kalla: La Liga at its best. Simply the best.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

A frankly ridiculous few seconds at the Nou Camp. This has been an epic match.

WHAT A MISS!

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

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It's all happening here! Luis Suarez heads wide from about six yards out.

PENALTY APPEAL

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Neymar chips the ball over Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo, who seems to bring him down. No penalty. But no idea why.

DISALLOWED GOAL

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Victor Ruiz thinks he's levelled for Villarreal with an acrobatic volley from close range but he was offside.

Italian Serie A

AC Milan have just made it 3-1 against Parma with Cristian Zaccardo firing home a rebound into an empty net. Twelve minutes left the San Siro.

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Small deed: Three goals in less than five minutess. This is what football is all about

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Lionel Messi goes on a great run, not sure we see as many long-range dribbles from him as we used to, and squares it to Neymar, whose shot is just off target.

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Villarreal are the first team to score more than one goal at the Nou Camp in any competition this season. Of course it'll be in vain as things stand.

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal

So, that escalated quickly.

GOAL

Barcelona 3-2 Villarreal - Lionel Messi

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Guys, give me a chance to write about something other than a goal. Luis Suarez plays the ball across to Lionel Messi who curls the ball into the top corner with his right foot.

A ridiculous match.

GOAL

Barcelona 2-2 Villarreal - Rafinha

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Rafinha, a bit of a surprise selection in Barcelona's midfield, blasts home after Lionel Messi's header was blocked by a defender. What a game.

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GOAL

Barcelona 1-2 Villarreal - Luciano Vietto

Luciano Vietto
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Wow. Villarreal lead again. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique loses the ball on the halfway line, Giovani dos Santos - against his former club - runs 40 yards into the box, draws Pique and keeper Claudio Bravo to him and then squares it to Luciano Vietto who scores from eight yards out.

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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves attempts another ambitious volley that flies well off target. Hasn't scored for his club since March...

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Jason M Bailey: Barcelona winning this 5-1

Barcelona 1-1 Villarreal

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The ball breaks for Luis Suarez in the box but he slips just as he's working out his options. Most of the first two minutes of the second half have been in Villarreal's half.

KICK-OFF

Barcelona 1-1 Villarreal

The Barcelona boys get the second half going.

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James - on a chilly train to Sheffield: In reply to Luke (43 mins), nobody else at Barca will see ever be a star whilst Lionel Messi is THE star. Not necessarily a bad thing for Barca as he's the best that's ever lived, But fact all the same.