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Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona

Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season
Barcelona are unbeaten in La Liga this season

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored as leaders Barcelona regained their five-point lead at the top of La Liga by beating 10-man Villarreal.

Barca were facing a third successive league game without a win after Suarez and Gerard Pique hit the woodwork.

The game was goalless when Villarreal midfielder Daniel Raba was shown a straight red card for an ugly 60th-minute challenge on Sergio Busquets.

Suarez rounded the keeper to score 12 minutes later before Messi made it 2-0.

Villarreal, who are sixth in the table, made Barca work hard for their 12th league win in 15 matches this season.

It required a fine one-handed save by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to keep out Roberto Soriano when the game was goalless.

However, Barca made their extra man count with two goals in 11 minutes.

Valencia are second in the table, while Atletico Madrid are third, six points behind Barca, after Saul scored their winner in a 1-0 victory at Real Betis earlier on Sunday.

Real Madrid, who hammered Sevilla 5-0 on Saturday, are fourth - eight points behind Barca, who they host on the 23 December.

Line-ups

Villarreal

  • 1Asenjo
  • 2Gaspar
  • 3GonzálezBooked at 86mins
  • 6Ruiz
  • 11Costa
  • 28RabasedaBooked at 60mins
  • 14Trigueros Muñoz
  • 4Borges SemedoSubstituted forCastillejo Azuagaat 48'minutes
  • 16Hernández Cascante
  • 20SorianoSubstituted forRukavinaat 64'minutes
  • 17BakambuBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 5Marín
  • 10Castillejo Azuaga
  • 22Rukavina
  • 23Bonera
  • 25Barbosa
  • 26Guerra
  • 33Moya

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto
  • 3Piqué
  • 25Vermaelen
  • 18Alba
  • 4Rakitic
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 86'minutes
  • 15PaulinhoSubstituted forVidalat 68'minutes
  • 6D SuárezSubstituted forAlcácerat 58'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Suárez

Substitutes

  • 2Cabral Semedo
  • 13Cillessen
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
  • 21André Gomes
  • 22Vidal
  • 39Costas
Referee:
Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea
Attendance:
21,087

Match Stats

Home TeamVillarrealAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Villarreal 0, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Villarreal 0, Barcelona 2.

Offside, Barcelona. Thomas Vermaelen tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergio Asenjo.

Attempt saved. Aleix Vidal (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Hand ball by Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Mario Gaspar (Villarreal).

Booking

Álvaro González (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card.

Aleix Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Álvaro González (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. André Gomes replaces Sergio Busquets.

Goal!

Goal! Villarreal 0, Barcelona 2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Offside, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto tries a through ball, but Aleix Vidal is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Gaspar (Villarreal).

Attempt saved. Rodri (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jaume Costa.

Attempt saved. Manu Trigueros (Villarreal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mario Gaspar.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Samu Castillejo (Villarreal).

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Sergi Roberto.

Goal!

Goal! Villarreal 0, Barcelona 1. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paco Alcácer with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Foul by Luis Suárez (Barcelona).

Víctor Ruiz (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Aleix Vidal replaces Paulinho.

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Attempt blocked. Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jordi Alba with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Antonio Rukavina replaces Roberto Soriano.

Attempt missed. Roberto Soriano (Villarreal) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Gaspar.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Cédric Bakambu (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Raba (Villarreal) is shown the red card.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 10th December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona1512303873139
2Valencia15104135142134
3Atl Madrid159602471733
4Real Madrid1594230111931
5Sevilla159151919028
6Villarreal156362220221
7Getafe155552015520
8Leganés156271214-220
9Real Sociedad155462828019
10Celta Vigo155372723418
11Real Betis155372329-618
12Eibar155371627-1118
13Ath Bilbao154561619-317
14Girona144551822-417
15Levante153751522-716
16Espanyol144461118-716
17Dep La Coruña154381827-915
18Alavés1540111224-1212
19Malaga1532101328-1511
20Las Palmas1531111134-2310
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