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Played
November 13, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Carlos Delgado‎
Attendance:‬ 90000‎
 
22′ David Villa
Nilmar 26′
58′ Lionel Messi
 
83′ Lionel Messi
 
Top of the Match
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Nilmar
Nilmar
Villarreal
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona

Barcelona 3-1 Villarreal: David Villa strike & Lionel Messi double take Catalans top of La Liga

The Argentinian stole the show once again

By Vasil Kotsev

Lionel Messi - Barcelona (Getty Images)
The Blaugrana managed to ascend to the top of the table tonight as they picked three hard-earned points against a spirited Villareal side at the Camp Nou.

David Villa and Nilmar traded goals in the first half and the two teams entered half-time locked in a draw. Ultimately, Barcelona edged the game courtesy of two strikes from Lionel Messi after the break to maintain the pressure on Real Madrid.

The hosts tried to impose their trademark style on the game in the early minutes and occasionally threatened Diego Lopez' goal. The first real chance of the game fell to Lionel Messi, who failed to open the scoring from point-blank range after being left with a free header in the box.

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, when David Villa controlled superbly a pass from Andres Iniesta on the left of the penalty area and slotted coolly past Diego Lopez to score his sixth goal in the league.

Three minutes later Barca had the ball in the net, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside. In the following Villareal attack, however, the visitors managed to draw the game level after a sublime effort by Nilmar, who left Carles Puyol flat-footed in his wake before applying a great finish that hit the right post before crawling into the net.

The game certainly benefited from this development as the match was becoming an end-to-end affair. Eric Abidal conceded a free-kick in a dangerous position in the 35th minute, but Giuseppe Rossi saw his low shot saved by Victor Valdes.

The Yellow submarine appealed for a penalty just before half-time after Joan Capdevila was allegedly brought down in the box, but the referee turned the down without hesitation.



Barca went all guns blazing after the break and threatened to take the lead on a couple of occasions after the restart. The visitors seemed unable to repel the constant wave coming from the Catalan juggernaut and it looked increasingly likely that Josep Guardiola's men will score soon.

In the 58th minute Lionel Messi finally managed to breach Villareal's resilient defence to put the Blaugrana infront. The goal came after some breathtaking interplay by the Argentinian and Pedro as Barca managed to neutralise the visitors' backfour with a few simple passes.

The hosts continued to dominate the game after the goal and deservedly double their lead seven minutes from the final whistle when Lionel Messi completed his brace with deft finish from just outside the six-yard box.

The little wizard went close to scoring a third shortly after, but saw a shot from the centre of the box blocked by Mateo Musacchio in what proved to be the final moment of interest for this game.

Following tonight's result, Barcelona are first in the standings before the remaining games from this round, while Villareal retain their third place. The Yellow Submarine's host Valencia in their next league game, while the Blaugrana visit Almeria.

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Barcelona

1
Víctor Valdés
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Daniel Alves
Defender
3.00
17
Maxwell
Defender
68′ 85′
2.50
5
Carles Puyol
Defender
3.00
22
Éric Abidal
Defender
35′
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
3.50
8
3.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
89′
3.50
10
Lionel Messi
Striker
58′ 83′
4.00
7
Pedro
Striker
58′
3.50
9
David Villa
Striker
22′ 72′
3.50

Villarreal

3.00
25
2.50
-
Ángel
Defender
73′
2.50
4
3.00
24
2.50
11
2.50
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
3.00
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
45′ 78′
2.50
21
Soriano
Midfielder
3.00
10
Cani
Midfielder
70′
3.00
49
3.00
12
Nilmar
Striker
26′

Substitutes

13
0.00
3
0.00
6
0.00
-
0.00
-
Seydou Keita
Midfielder
72′
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
85′
0.00
14
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
25
Juan Carlos
Goalkeeper
0.00
2
0.00
21
Catalá
Defender
0.00
17
3.00
-
Marcos Senna
Midfielder
70′ 90′
0.00
-
0.00
-

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0