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Summary

  1. Raba sent off for challenge on Busquets
  2. Pique and Suarez hit woodwork
  3. No league defeats under Valverde

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Thanks for joining us this weekend for our European football coverage. Wins for Barcelona, Valencia, Atletico and Real Madrid.

So it's as you were really.

Lionel Messi has scored more goals than any other player from the top five European leagues in 2017 - 49. Can he make it 50 before the end of the year?

Rhetorical question - the answer is yes.

FULL-TIME

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

That's it. Barcelona move five points clear of Valencia again. Barca were deserved winners, but Villarreal's red card was the turning point.

INJURY TIME

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

Into three minutes of bonus time.

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Wow, what a game that would be

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

Free-kick to Barcelona, Luis Suarez takes this one but it's straight at Sergio Asenjo. Almost over now.

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

Gerard Pique goes on amazing dribble - I think he often forgets he's a centre-back - he slips the ball through to Luis Suarez but his shot is blocked.

SUBSTITUTION

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

The game is won now and Andre Gomes replaces Sergio Busquets in midfield.

GOAL - Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

Lionel Messi

The second best player in the world (according to the Ballon d'Or) seals the game for Barcelona.

A strange goal for Lionel Messi. Villarreal's Victor Ruiz passes the ball straight to Sergio Busquets, who feeds Messi. Two yellow defenders run into each other while trying to stop him and Messi slams home.

There was a second ball on the pitch too. Like I say, strange goal.

Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona

Oh man, that would have been lovely. Lionel Messi plays an excellent ball over two defenders and Luis Suarez volleys wide at the back post.

Giacomo Bonaventura has just put AC Milan 2-1 up against Bologna. Is that going to be Gennaro Gattuso's first win in charge?

Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona

It's been a while since the hosts threatened and Manu Trigueros' powerful shot is parried away by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. He was nearly 30 yards out. That's the German's fifth save - his opposite number has only made two.

GOAL - Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Sensual football. Lionel Messi finds Luis Suarez, who gives the ball to substitute Paco Alcacer. Alcacer immediately plays the ball through to meet Suarez's run and the Uruguayan steps round the keeper and taps into an empty net.

Barcelona lead with 18 minutes to go.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Jordi Alba finds Lionel Messi for the one billionth time in their career (probably) but the Argentine shoots wide at the near post.

SUBSTITUTION

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Off comes Paulinho and on comes defender/midfielder/forward Aleix Vidal, the Spanish Steve Watson.

HITS THE WOODWORK

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Close for Barcelona. Jordi Alba - so lively down the left - crosses, Luis Suarez gets a touch onto it and the ball bounces back off the post. The second time they have hit the woodwork.

SUBSTITUTION

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Shooting from 50 yards was Roberto Soriano's last action. Defender Antonio Rukavina replaces him as Villarreal look to shore things up.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona are starting to play some slick passing now but Jordi Alba's cross is blocked.

Villarreal reach the halfway line and Roberto Soriano shoots! Can't fault his ambition but it's well wide.

RED CARD FOR VILLARREAL

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba dives in studs up on Sergio Busquets - and it's a straight red card. Can they hold on now?

Cedric Bakambu is booked for dissent.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona are starting to turn it on now, Jordi Alba's cross meets Lionel Messi at the penalty spot and he puts it just wide.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Paco Alcacer's first touch of the game is Barcelona's second shot on target, his effort from close range being saved by Sergio Asenjo.

SUBSTITUTION

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona make a change - forward Paco Alcacer replaces midfielder Denis Suarez, who used to play for the hosts.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Daniel Raba's cross catches everyone by surprise but it's held by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It's only Raba's fourth La Liga appearance.

He's played 11 times in the Segunda Division B this season.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Barca passing the ball round but not getting in behind the yellow defence.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

It's been a while since anything has happened. Hopefully that'll change soon.

SUBSTITUTION

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

About a minute into the second half, Villarreal's holding midfielder Ruben Semedo is injured and he's replaced by Samu Castillejo - who is more of an attacking player.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

The Yellow Submarine on the attack right away but Cedric Bakambu slams an ambitious shot from a wide angle into the side of the net.

KICK-OFF

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Here we go again. Some goals, please.

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Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Paulinho is the player with the best passing accuracy in this first half, completing 37 out of 38 - 97.4%.

97,4% - Paulinho is the player with the best passing accuracy in this first half (he has completed 37 out of 38). Safety.
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HALF-TIME

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

We're level at the break. Villarreal have probably been the better team, although Barcelona hit the bar.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

The ball drops to Rodrigo Hernandez and his shot is deflected out for a corner.

Cedric Bakambu heads over from the corner.

YELLOW CARD

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Sergio Busquets slides down youngster Daniel Raba and gets a booking.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Villarreal are causing lots of problems for Barcelona and Marc-Andre ter Stegen has to come off his line to parry a cross away from Cedric Bakambu.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Just wide. Paulinho does well to win the ball and plays a few passes with Lionel Messi, who curls just wide from the edge of the box.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Roberto Soriano has his third or fourth shot of the game, but it's wide from 20 yards out.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Lionel Messi crosses but nobody can get on the end of it. Barca have only had one shot on target so far, Messi's free-kick a bit earlier.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona

Barca have had 71% of the ball but Villarreal are actually have most of the chances so far.

Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona
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Simone Verdi has just equalised for Bologna against his old club, AC Milan.