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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

Formation 4-3-3

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

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Rakitic
  • 6Hernández
  • 7Pedro
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 21Correia
  • 24Mathieu

Villarreal

Formation 4-4-2

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona 3, Villarreal 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona 3, Villarreal 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mario (Villarreal).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lionel Messi (Barcelona).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jaume Costa (Villarreal).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Dani Alves.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Villarreal. Ikechukwu Uche replaces Giovani dos Santos.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mario (Villarreal).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Ivan Rakitic replaces Rafinha.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Villarreal. Moi Gómez replaces Jonathan dos Santos.

  20. Post update

    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.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st February 2015

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