As it happened: Villarreal vs FC Barcelona (1-4)


22:59a year ago


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22:58a year ago


Full time here at the Estadio de la Cerámica. 

Quique Setién's side have run riot this evening with Barcelona at their very best against a good Villarreal side. 

Lionel Messi was utterly brilliant, he controlled the game with such ease and was the real driving force behind Barcelona's impressive display. 

Barca close the gap to four points to the top of the table and are chasing down Real Madrid. 

Villarreal put in a great display in the first half and still have their Champions League dream, however, this evening, they came across a rampant Barcelona side.   

22:51a year ago
91' Messi hits the bar from a free-kick! The ball then falls to Briathwaite, whose header is somehow kept out by Asenjo!
22:50a year ago
90' Messi smashes a shot at Asenjo from point blank range. Messi deserves a goal, he has been simply sesational this evening. 
22:46a year ago


86' A superb over-the-top through ball from Jordi Alba, latched on to by Fati, who cuts inside past Albiol, and wrong foots Asenjo to wrap up all three points for Barcelona. 
22:41a year ago

Barcelona - Substitution

81' Off comes Gerard Piqué. On comes Ronald Araújo.
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80' Messi plays in Braithwaite, who tries to round Asenjo but the keeper stood tall to deny the striker. 
22:35a year ago
75' Ter Stegen called into action for the first time in the second half. Chukwueze forces a good save from the German goalkeeper. 
22:33a year ago

Barcelona - Substitution

72' Off comes Sergio Busquets and Antonie Griezmann for Martin Braithwaite and Ansu Fati. 
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68' Barcelona have the ball in the back of the net. 

Puig plays a ball to Roberto who drives the ball across Villarreal's penalty box, and Messi taps the ball home and gets his name on the score-sheet. 

However, Vidal is flagged in the build-up for being offside. 

22:27a year ago
65' So close again from Barcelona. 

First Vidal forces a great save from Asenjo, after Messi played a delightful ball to Rakatic who in turn found Vidal but forced a great save. 

Then Alba is denied by Asenjo after some lovely football from Barcelona. 

22:23a year ago
62' Riqui Puig nearly had an immediate impact. 

A wonderful cross from Griezmann nealry found Puig, who was inches away from connecting with the ball via his head. 

22:19a year ago

Barcelona - Substitution

60' Off comes Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez. On comes Ruiqi Puig and Ivan Rakatic. 
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Villarreal - Substitution

56' Off comes Santi Cazorla. On comes Manu Trigueros. 
22:15a year ago
55' Good play from Sergi Roberto down the right hand side. 

Came to nothing but Villarreal have defended much better this half. 

22:11a year ago
50' The substitution from Javier Calleja has flooded the midfield. This has plugged the gap that Messi had to attack in the first half. 
22:08a year ago

22:05a year ago

Second half

45' Villerreal get us started for the second half. 
22:04a year ago

Villarreal - Substitution

Double half time change for Villarreal. Off comes Gerard Moreno and Iborra, on comes Bruno Soriano and Moi Gomez.
21:52a year ago

Half Time

Half time here at the Estadio de la Cerámica. 

Some increible football from Barcelona in the first half, with two sensational goals from Griezmann and Suarez the pick of the bunch.

Messi has been on red-hot-form this evening. 

Villareal are still in the game, they are formidable on the counter-attack. 

21:48a year ago

GOAL! VILLARREAL 1-3 BARCELONA - Antoine Griezmann

44' Wow. What a goal from Antoine Griezmann!

Messi yet again the man who created the danger. He dribbles through the Villareal defence before back-heeling the ball to Griezmann. The Frenchman then chips it over Asenjo from the edge of the penalty area to make it 1-3. 

21:43a year ago
41' Wonderful football from Barcelona.

They cut through the Villareal defence with ease. Alba and Messi play a lovely one-two before Messi found Suarez on the edge of the box.

Suarez's shot was straight at Asenjo. 

21:40a year ago
37' Brilliant transition from Barcelona.

Messi breaks away from and has Barca attacking with three attackers against one defender.

Messi finds Vidal, but his shot was straight at Asenjo. The Chilean should have made it 1-3. 

21:36a year ago

Villarreal - Substitution

35' Carlos Bacca has come on to replace Alcacer. 
21:36a year ago
34' Villareall are playing with 10 men at the moment. Pablo Alcacer has had to come off due to a suspected muscle injury. 
21:30a year ago
28' After a exhilarating first 25 minutes the game has started to settle. Barcelona in full control, however, Villarreal are deadly on the counter attack.  
21:28a year ago
27' Tantalising ball from Alberto Moreno into Barcelona's penalty box, however, nobody could meet it. 
21:25a year ago
23' So nearly 1-3. Messi again at the heartbeat of the attack, driving his way through Villarreal's midfield.

He again finds Suarez but he struggeld to get a shot off after rounding Asenjo. 

21:23a year ago


20' What a goal from Suarez!

Messi powers his way through the Villarreal midfield. He finds Suarez on the edge of the box. The Uruguayan curls the ball delicately over Sergio Asenjo into the top corner. 

21:19a year ago
18' Corner Barcelona
21:19a year ago

Yellow Card

17' Pau Torres goes into the book for a challenge on Messi. Who has a freekick right on the edge of Villarreal's box. 
21:16a year ago


13' Barcelona were caught out at the back. Ball over the top found Pablo Alcacer who played a delightful ball to Santi Cazorla, who's shot was saved by Ter Stegen. However, the rebound found Mereno who scored his 16th La Liga goal of the season. 
21:10a year ago
8' All Barcelona so far. The Blaugrana front three are cusing havoc with the Villarreal defence. 
21:07a year ago


3' Barcelona open the scoring after three minutes! 

Barcelona work the ball well down the left hand side. Jordi Alba plays a low ball across the Villarreal box, and Griezmann forces Pau Torres to turn the ball into his own net. 

21:00a year ago

Kick off

1' Barcelona get the game underway!


20:59a year ago

Here come the teams !

Kick-off is minutes away here at the Estadio de la Ceramica. 
20:36a year ago

Barca losing their grip on the league title

After Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 this afternoon, the pressure has been put on Barcelona for the game this evening.

A 7 point gap has been created at the top of the league, menaing  the Blaugrana need all three points. 

20:30a year ago

Villarreal's hot form

Since La Liga restarted, Villarreal have picked up 16 points and have put themselves in real contention for a Champions League spot. 
20:05a year ago

Last meeting

19:58a year ago

Antoine Griezmann is back!

Antoine Griezmann is back in the starting XI following a spell on the bench for the World Cup winner. 

Quique Setién had left Griezmann on the bench for the previous two outings, however, he is called up for today. 

19:54a year ago

Iborra is passed fit!

After speculation about a back injury, Javier Calleja can call upon Vincente Iborra to the starting line-up. 
19:48a year ago

Villarreal Starting XI


19:47a year ago

FC Barcelona Starting XI


19:05a year ago

Stay tuned!

That's all for now, but check back an hour or so before kick-off for the confirmed starting XI's from this La Liga Santander fixture between Villarreal and FC Barcelona!
19:04a year ago

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19:03a year ago

Predicted XI's


Villarreal: Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Alberto Moreno; Chukwueze, Morlanes, Anguissa, Cazorla; Alcacer, Gerard Moreno

FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Riqui Puig; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann


19:00a year ago

Form Guides

Villarreal form guide: WWDWW


FC Barcelona form Guide: WDWDD

18:57a year ago
18:56a year ago

Villarreal Team News

The Yellow Submarine will be without Vincente Iborra, who is out, courtesy of a back injury. 

Defender, Ramiro Funes Mori has a long term achilles problem with no return point yet. 

18:47a year ago

FC Barcelona Team News

Three players missing for the Blaugrana for this evening.

Frankie De Jong misses through a long standing calf injury, Samuel Umtiti misses the game too, after picking up a fresh knee problem in training. Ousmane Dembele also misses out and the French winger is expected to miss the remainder of the season.  

18:42a year ago

Champions League dream for Villarreal

Javier Calleja's side have their own Champions League dreams to keep alight. 

Villarreal find themselves only three points off the top four, and will be hoping they can pick up points this evening. 

18:39a year ago

A must win for Barcelona

Should Quique Setien's side fail to win tonight then the title would be slipping away from Barcelona. A 1-0 win for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao earlier today, created a seven point gap at the top of the table. 
18:33a year ago

Kick-off time

Villarreal vs FC Barcelona will take place at the Estadio de la Cerámica, in Villarreal, Spain. 

Kick-off time is scheduled 9PM BST. 

18:31a year ago

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