Villarreal on Sunday lost to Barcelona on a home defeat at the Estadio de la Ceramica. Both Villarreal and Barca arrived on the back of wins. Villarreal were looking to pick up points, following a 5-1 victory against Levante. Barca, on the other hand, were coming off the back of a 5-2 win against Getafe. After today’s result, Villarreal are in 7th place, with 49 points from 32 matches, while Barca sit in 1st, with 71 points from 32.
It was an impressive opening from Villarreal, thanks to Samuel Chukwueze finding the net at the 26 minute mark. However, their lead was short-lived, as an equalizer from Antoine Griezmann in the 28th minute, brought Barca level. However they weren’t finished yet and Antoine Griezmann made it 2-1 at the 35 minute mark to see out the first half 1-2. With both teams struggling to produce anything meaningful in the second half though, the game ended 2-1.
For Villarreal, Francis Coquelin, Pervis Estupinan, Moi Gomez, Yeremi Pino and Mario Gaspar, came on for Sergino Dest, Pedri, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Busquets. Barca replaced Sergi Roberto, Moriba Ilaix, Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo with Sergino Dest, Pedri, Antoine Griezmann and Sergio Busquets.
The referee booked six players. Raul Albiol and Pau Torres from Villarreal, who saw yellow cards and Manu Trigueros, sent off with a red, as well as for Barca Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Busquets and Oscar Mingueza also seeing yellows.
Villarreal next face Getafe and Barca are at home to Granada.
|Villarreal:||Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie De Jong, Sergino Dest, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Pedri|
|Barcelona:||Sergio Asenjo, Juan Foyth, Pau Torres, Raul Albiol, Alberto Moreno, Samuel Chukwueze, Etienne Capoue, Dani Parejo, Manu Trigueros, Paco Alcacer and Gerard Moreno|
|Stadium:||the Estadio de la Ceramica|
|Goals:||Samuel Chukwueze (1-0, min. 26), Antoine Griezmann (1-1, min. 28) and Antoine Griezmann (1-2, min. 35)|