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90' + 3'
Óscar Mingueza
Yellow Card
Manu Trigueros
Red Card
A. Griezmann
1 - 2
A. Griezmann
Óscar Mingueza
1 - 1
S. Chukwueze
Pau Torres
1 - 0

Match Stats

43% 56%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 5
Total Passes 452 593
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 26 8 4 67 25 +42 86 W W W D W
2 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 25 9 4 67 28 +39 84 W W W D W
3 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 24 7 7 85 38 +47 79 W L D D W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 24 5 9 53 33 +20 77 W L W D L
5 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 17 11 10 59 38 +21 62 W W L W L
6 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 17 10 11 50 50 0 61 W W D W D
7 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 15 13 10 60 44 +16 58 L W W L W
8 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 14 11 13 55 57 -2 53 L W W W W
9 Granada GRA Granada 38 13 7 18 47 65 -18 46 D L L L L
10 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 11 13 14 46 42 +4 46 L L L D W
11 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 11 11 16 37 48 -11 44 L L W D L
12 Cádiz CAD Cádiz 38 11 11 16 36 58 -22 44 D L L W W
13 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 10 13 15 50 53 -3 43 D W L W L
14 Levante LEV Levante 38 9 14 15 46 57 -11 41 D L D D L
15 Getafe GET Getafe 38 9 11 18 28 43 -15 38 D W L L L
16 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 9 11 18 36 57 -21 38 L W W D L
17 Elche ELC Elche 38 8 12 18 34 55 -21 36 W W L L L
18 Huesca HUE Huesca 38 7 13 18 34 53 -19 34 D L W L W
19 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 38 5 16 17 34 57 -23 31 L L L L D
20 Eibar EIB Eibar 38 6 12 20 29 52 -23 30 L L D W W


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Barca's title challenge continues next week as they host Granada, while Villarreal welcome Arsenal for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final. Barca may have come out on top here, but both teams could be celebrating come the end of the season. That's all for now. Goodbye!
Barca's win cements their position in third in LaLiga. Koeman's men are just two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, and on equal points with Real Madrid who have played a game more. They could yet pip their rivals to the title. Villarreal stay seventh. A top five finish is still well within their means.
Barca keep their pace in the LaLiga title race by seeing off hapless Villarreal. Griezmann's two goals proved to be the difference in the end, the winner coming from Foyth's mistake. Although Barca stepped off the gas in the second half, Villarreal didn't do enough to take advantage and Trigueros' red card for a terrible challenge on Messi killed any comeback they might have had.
90' + 5' Barca look for one more goal. Dembele's caught offside from Roberto's throughball first. Messi's tugged over by Estupinan but the free-kick's too far out to shoot from directly. Barca keep the ball instead and secure the win!
Óscar Mingueza
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Mingueza picks up a late yellow card for some unscrupulous defending.
90' + 1' Parejo swings in the corner. Foyth flicks it on to Gaspar who fires over from the right of the box. Barca still need to be careful for these final few minutes.
90' There'll be five more minutes of this. Pique concedes a corner for Villarreal.
Mario Gaspar
89' Albiol also heads off. Villarreal's captain Gaspar gets a late runout.
Yeremi Pino
S. Chukwueze
89' Chukwueze's game is over too. Yeremy comes on for Villarreal.
R. Araújo
Sergio Busquets
88' Barca, meanwhile, make a change. Araujo will shore up their defence. Busquets makes way.
88' Barca are almost there. Barring an incredible late Villarreal turnaround, Emery will have won just one of his 19 league meetings against Barcelona. The Catalans are his bogey side for sure.
86' Chukwueze earns Villarreal a free-kick down their right as Moriba impedes his progress. Parejo swings it in and Gerard's ambitious overhead kick doesn't have enough heart to test ter Stegen.
85' Villarreal are still pushing forward in search of an equaliser but they're leaving more gaps behind them. Alba is called offside.
83' de Jong misses an opportunity to seal the win for Barca! The Dutchman drifts into the D and goes for the chip over Asenjo, repeating Griezmann's trick earlier. His effort bounces off-target though.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
82' Busquets is booked for blocking the path of Chukwueze in Villarreal's half.
81' Villarreal force a corner down their left. It doesn't lead to much as ter Stegen punches clear and they concede a free-kick shortly after.
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
80' Griezmann will have to settle for just the two goals here. Dembele comes on for him.
79' Barca look perfectly happy to wind the clock down and see the win out. They're about to make another change.
78' Chance for Villarreal! The hosts are still getting the odd attacking opportunity but they're few and far between. Gerard gratefully receives a pass from the right and blasts wide.
Moi Gómez
E. Capoue
76' Villarreal substitution. The attacking midfielder Gomez replaces Capoue.
75' Barca try to calm things down, making Villarreal's 10 men chase the ball for a while. Busquets overhits a pass wide though and Villarreal get a goal-kick. 
Pau Torres
Yellow Card
74' Torres is the next Villarreal player to receive a card for shoving Messi to the ground. Messi had beaten him down Barca's right and was heading for the penalty area.
72' Moriba arrives into the six-yard box from the left and cuts back onto his right foot to shoot. Torres arrives on the scene to block it.
70' To their credit Villarreal still look to have some fight in them. Estupinan fires towards the bottom left corner from range. ter Stegen keeps it out without much difficulty.
68' The Barca substitute Moriba latches onto a pass in the box and booms an effort over the crossbar. 
67' Thankfully Messi has got back to his feet. That situation could have been much worse. Villarreal are going to find it even more difficult to turn this game around now they're down to 10 men.
Yellow Card
66' Albiol's booked for protesting the referee's decision to send Trigueros off. It's an easy decision though. Trigueros had to go.
Manu Trigueros
Red Card
65' RED CARD FOR TRIGUEROS! The Villarreal midfielder slides in wildly on Messi, catching the Barca captain on the shin. It's a nasty challenge, a potential leg-breaker, and Messi looks to be in some discomfort. Trigueros can have no complaints.
Ilaix Moriba
64' Koeman makes another substitution. Moriba replaces Pedri in central midfield.
63' Barca get this corner away comfortably. Villarreal may have picked up this half but they're hardly peppering Barca's goal yet.
62' Villarreal earn a corner down their left. The hosts work it to Capoue who blasts at goal from the edge of the box. ter Stegen gets down low to block with his legs. Villarreal will get another corner.
P. Estupiñán
Alberto Moreno
60' Villarreal's left-back Moreno is next to go. Estupinan comes on for him, a like-for-like replacement.
F. Coquelin
Paco Alcácer
60' Alcacer makes way first. Coquelin will come on to give Villarreal greater control in midfield.
59' Busquets loses an aerial challenge and requires some treatment. Villarreal are going to make changes anyway.
57' Barca's attacking threat has blunted somewhat since half-time but is still present. Griezmann flicks a shot wide from Roberto's cross, then Messi dribbles through the centre and fires over from the edge of the box.
55' Barca clear the corner at the first attempt. Villarreal still have the ball though and Alcacer's cutback is cut out. Barca eventually get a free-kick which eases the pressure on them.
53' Villarreal are playing more proactively now. Alcacer gets loose in the Barca box and Barca intercept to concede a corner.
51' From the free-kick Chukwueze crosses from the right. He finds the head of Gerard whose header isn't powerful enough to worry ter Stegen in the Barca goal.
A. Griezmann
Yellow Card
50' Griezmann receives the game's first yellow card for taking out Gerard. Villarreal try to take the free-kick quickly but the referee calls them back.
48' Chukwueze takes a tumble as Alba cuts across the Nigerian. Chukwueze is winded but soon looks fine to continue.
47' Lenglet wins a free-kick as Foyth accidentally treads on the Barca defender's foot.
47' We're back underway for the second half. 
Sergi Roberto
S. Dest
46' Barca make a change at half-time. Roberto replaces Dest. It must be injury-related.
Villarreal were on the back foot for almost all of that first half. They would be further behind if not for Asenjo's three saves and de Jong's slow reaction when all he had to do was tap in. How will the hosts respond in the second half? As things stand it looks like Barca will eventually cruise to a comfortable victory.
Barca lead a decently entertaining game thanks to Foyth's unfortunate mistake. Villarreal worked hard to keep Barca at bay at the start of the half, taking the lead through Chukwueze's fine goal. Griezmann's double in seven minutes has turned things around for the visitors. More after the break!
45' Pedri wriggles into the penalty area and passes to de Jong. de Jong scoops an effort at Asenjo but the Dutchman's offside anyway. That's all for now.
44' Asenjo is called into action again as de Jong flicks ter Stegen's direct pass into the path of Griezmann. Griezmann bursts into the left of the box and arrows an effort at Asenjo who gets down well to block it.
42' Barca will be content with how this first half has gone. By and large they've had control of the game without having to work too hard.
40' Alcacer faces the wrath of the linesman's flag as he accidentally controls a pass in the middle of the box with his hand.
38' Villarreal get a free-kick in the centre of the pitch. Parejo sends it towards the left-hand post and Torres' header loops to ter Stegen.
37' After being in the lead just 10 minutes ago Villarreal now find themselves chasing the game. Emery must be seething.
A. Griezmann
35' GOAL! VILLARREAL 1-2 BARCELONA! Griezmann grabs his second from an awful backpass! Foyth is not paying attention and rolls the ball casually back towards Asenjo. Griezmann races straight onto it and finishes first-time past the stranded keeper. That's a laughable error from Foyth.
34' Messi slaloms around the edge of the box but finds his options limited. Barca circulate the ball a little more and Alba's cross from the left is blocked.
32' Barca resume their previous dominance. Chukwueze is overeager in closing down Lenglet and gives away a foul.
30' Villarreal scored with their first shot on target. It'll frustrate Emery to watch his side blow their lead so quickly when Barca have been on top for most of the first half hour.
Óscar Mingueza
28' Mingueza's awareness there was great but Villarreal's defenders were too high up the pitch. Their advantage has vanished in a matter of seconds.
A. Griezmann
28' GOAL! VILLARREAL 1-1 BARCELONA! Griezmann pegs back Villarreal immediately with a sumptuous finish! Mingueza spots the Frenchman's run and picks him out. Asenjo ventures wide to close Griezmann down only for the forward to dink the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net.
Pau Torres
26' Torres' pass for that goal was fantastic, a curling one that took several Barca players out of the game. Villarreal now have something to build on.
S. Chukwueze
26' GOAL! VILLARREAL 1-0 BARCELONA! Out of nowhere Villarreal strike! Barca commit too many players upfield and Torres looks for Chukwueze with a defence-splitting pass. The Nigerian darts onto the end of it, rounds ter Stegen and taps in from a tight angle.
25' Alba races in behind after a ball over the top from Lenglet. The Barca wing-back is just offside though.
23' Messi plays a round-the-corner pass for Dest to send the American running into the box. Asenjo senses the danger and rushes wide to smother the chance.
22' Chukwueze is penalised for steaming into the back of de Jong. Barca are biding their time.
20' Villarreal come on the attack now. Alcacer wriggles down the left and flashes a cross into the penalty area but no one in Villarreal yellow is close to it. It ends up bouncing out for a Barca throw-in.
18' Barca are starting to get into gear. Messi races onto a throughball to lash an effort straight at Asenjo at his near post. Asenjo manages to keep it out.
16' Chance for Barca! Asenjo claws de Jong's effort off the line with a fantastic save. It looked a certain goal after Alba found de Jong at the far post. de Jong only has to tap in the rebound but can't get his feet together, hits the woodwork and Villarreal scramble the ball away.
14' Barca have had 68 per cent possession in these opening 15 minutes. It's safe to say they're largely in control.
12' Barca are starting to settle down in possession with their 3-5-2 formation. Alba fires in a cross from the left and de Jong keeps it alive. Dest's snap shot is blocked, as is Busquets' follow-up from further out. Villarreal manage to clear it but they've got nowhere to go.
10' Dest's caught offside from Mingueza's ball over the top.
8' Parejo nips at Messi and ends up conceding a free-kick. Messi steps up to take it but can only hit the defensive wall.
7' Chukwueze rushes down the left and cuts back for Gerard who's bursting into the box. Gerard can't keep his effort down.
6' Villarreal see Barca's corner out fairly comfortably. It's been a fairly even start to this game.
5' Chance for Barca! The visitors pin Villarreal into their own third and Alba's cross is cleared. Barca try again and de Jong latches onto a cross in the box. The Dutchman lays off for Griezmann who drills a shot straight at Asenjo. It'll be a Barca corner.
3' Moreno jinks forward down the left and plays the ball off Dest for Villarreal's first corner of the game. The delivery finds Gerard at the far post who powers a header over.
1' The referee blows his whistle and Villarreal get this one underway!
The two teams are out on the pitch here in Villarreal. Villarreal are wearing their distinctive all-yellow home kit. Barca are in their professional black away garb.
Barca usually have Villarreal's number. Villarreal are winless in their last 23 league meetings with Barca, their worst ever run against a single opponent in the top flight. Barca scored four goals in each of their last two visits. Can Villarreal put up a better fight this time around?
Emery makes four changes to the Villarreal side that lost 2-1 to Alaves midweek, all of them in defence. There's just the one change to Barca from their mauling of Getafe as Dest replaces Roberto at right wing-back.
SUBS: Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele, Neto, Ronald Araujo, Junior Firpo, Ilaix Moriba, Arnau Tenas, Trincao, Matheus Fernandes, Riqui Puig, Samuel Umtiti.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergino Dest, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Lionel Messi (c), Antoine Griezmann, Pedri.
SUBS: Moi Gomez, Jaume Costa, Pervis Estupinan, Fernando Nino, Yeremi Pino, Geronimo Rulli. Ramiro Funes Mori, Mario Gaspar, Carlos Bacca, Alfonso Pedraza, Alex Baena, Francis Coquelin.
VILLARREAL (4-4-2): Sergio Asenjo; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol (c), Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno; Samuel Chukwueze, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Manu Trigueros; Gerard Moreno, Paco Alcacer.
Unfortunately for Villarreal their visitors this game are Barcelona who rose to third in LaLiga with a 5-2 thumping of Getafe midweek. Ronald Koeman's men are in imposing form having won 43 out of 48 points on offer in 2021, more than any other LaLiga team so far this year. Barca are undoubtedly back in the title mix. 
Villarreal's hopes of returning to Europe next season have been slightly dented lately. Unai Emery's Europa League semi-finalists have lost two of their last three league games, and three of their last four at La Ceramica after going unbeaten in their previous 11 here this season. They'll be keen to end this wobble quickly with Real Sociedad and Real Betis ready to capitalise on any further slip-ups.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this LaLiga match between Villarreal and Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Hello! Welcome to our live text commentary of this LaLiga match between Villarreal and Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica.