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December 14, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
Attendance:‬ 66130‎
 
30′ (PG) Neymar
68′ Neymar
 
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Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal: Neymar lights up Camp Nou

The Brazilian struck twice to give his side a narrow victory and ensure they remain top of La Liga

Neymar Barcelona Villarreal La Liga 12142013
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Neymar struck his fourth and fifth goals inside the space of four days as Barcelona saw off Villarreal 2-1 at Camp Nou on Saturday night.

The Brazilian forward – who scored a hat-trick in Barca's 6-1 thrashing of Celtic in the Champions League on Wednesday – starred again for the Catalan giants, who moved three points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with victory.

Neymar got the home side going with a 30th minute penalty, converting successfully after a harsh handball decision against Mario.

Villarreal enjoyed good spells and levelled three minutes after the break thanks to captain Mateo Musacchio's header.

Neymar had the last laugh, though, with the 21-year-old tapping in from close range after excellent build-up work by Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez with 22 minutes to play.

Despite missing Lionel Messi, Victor Valdes and Dani Alves due to injury, Barcelona still fielded a strong side as head coach Gerardo Martino made five changes with Fabregas and Andres Iniesta among them.

Former Blaugrana forward Giovani dos Santos started against his old club, but Villarreal were without key midfield pair Cani and Bruno, missing through injury and suspension respectively.

Barca started brightly and almost took the lead in the sixth minute as Alex Song fired a half-volley against the inside of the post from close range.

Giovani excited with two smart dribbles, but his runs eventually amounted to nothing, before the hosts took the lead in fortunate circumstances on the half-hour mark.

Mario was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his penalty area after Jordi Alba hit a ball straight at him from only a few yards away.

Referee Ignacio Iglesias pointed to the spot and Neymar calmly slotted past Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo and into the bottom-left corner.

Asenjo was at his best six minutes before the break, though, saving well to deny Alexis and keep the margin to one goal at half-time.

And Villarreal levelled three minutes into the second half, as skipper Musacchio lost Marc Bartra and powered in a thumping header from Manuel Trigueros' corner.

Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto got a hand to the effort but could not keep it out and Giovani shot just wide as the visitors pressed for a second.

The Catalan giants were patient in response and it ultimately paid dividends, as five minutes after Asenjo charged off his line to deny Fabregas, Neymar scored again.

A superb Fabregas ball was chested down by Alexis and instead of shooting – which he could have easily done – the Chilean drew the goalkeeper before squaring for Neymar to net.

Iniesta's volley forced a good late save from Asenjo, but two goals were enough for Barcelona, who extended their home winning run to 10 matches.


Barcelona

13
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
2.50
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
2.50
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
87′
3.00
8
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
4.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
62′
2.50
9
3.50
11
Neymar
Striker
30′ 68′ 85′
4.00

Villarreal

4.00
25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
2.50
14
3.50
4
2.50
5
Dorado
Defender
3.00
42
Jaume
Midfielder
3.00
5
Tomás Pina
Midfielder
2.50
11
3.50
52
Trigueros
Midfielder
38′ 48′
2.50
-
J. Aquino
Defender
74′
3.00
-
Edu Ramos
Midfielder
64′
3.50
17

Substitutes

25
Oier
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
6
Xavi
Midfielder
62′
3.00
14
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
87′
 - 
7
Pedro
Striker
83′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
25
Juan Carlos
Goalkeeper
3.00
17
Bojan Jokic
Defender
69′
 - 
-
 - 
54
Moisés Gómez
Midfielder
 - 
-
3.00
15
Uche
Striker
64′
 - 
23

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

3.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0