Barcelona defeated Villarreal 2–1 in the Spanish Football League La Liga on Sunday with two goals from Antoine Griezmann. Due to Trigueros getting a red card in the 65th minute, Villarreal had to play the rest of the match with 10 players. After this win, Barcelona also maintained its hopes of winning the title. The team is two points behind Atletico Madrid at the top of the points table. After the win, Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman said that this is our big step towards winning the title. Every win will lead us to the title and each match will be difficult.
Barcelona defeated Villarreal in La Liga
Barcelona took control of the match from the start. Sergino Dest burst into the penalty area in the 13th minute and impetuously struck the ball towards goal, but his shot was capably blocked. In the following three minutes the Catalan pride again created a convenient situation. Predictably, Villarreal took the lead in the 26th minute.
After a pass from Pau Torres, Samuel Chukwueze ran into the penalty area and with a powerful shot gave no chance to the Barcelona goalkeeper. The Pride of Catalonia did not give up and already in the next action responded with a hit.
In the 35th minute, Griezmann was the hero of Barcelona when he headed the ball into Asenjo’s goal after confusion and a mistake by Villarreal defenders.
Koeman’s players controlled the action on the pitch after the break, but they didn’t overreact to the rivals’ goal themselves. In the 65th minute, Manuel Trigueros committed a harsh foul on Lionel Messi, which could have ended in a long injury for the brilliant Argentine. The Barcelona captain shrugged it off and most likely the rival’s aggressive intervention did no harm. The referee momentarily removed Trigueros from the pitch.
In the end, Barcelona defeated Villarreal, and the result put them in the La Liga table with Real Madrid (71 points).
Villarreal CF – FC Barcelona 1-2 (1-2)
Goals: Chukwueze (26), Griezmann (28, 35)
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