Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona: Barça refuses to surrender Reviewed by Momizat on . Full-time: Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona Goals: Gabriel o.g. (65''), Musacchio o.g. (78'), Messi (83') Match date: April 27, 2014 Stadium: El Madrigal Competition: L Full-time: Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona Goals: Gabriel o.g. (65''), Musacchio o.g. (78'), Messi (83') Match date: April 27, 2014 Stadium: El Madrigal Competition: L Rating: 0
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Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona: Barça refuses to surrender

Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona: Barça refuses to surrender

Full-time: Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona
Goals: Gabriel o.g. (65”), Musacchio o.g. (78′), Messi (83′)
Match date: April 27, 2014
Stadium: El Madrigal
Competition: La Liga
Barcelona line-up: Pinto, Adriano, Mascherano, Bartra, Daniel Alves, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez.

It’s been a tough week for football fans in general, but more particularly for those supporting Barcelona. Tito Vilanova, who has coached the Blaugrana between 2012 and 2013, passed away this last Friday and Barcelona has understandably dived in an intense state of mourning since then. The conditions for this Sunday game between Villarreal and Barça weren’t obviously the best, but the game ended up proceeding and finished with a very complicated 2-3 victory for the team who are still the Spanish champions.

While Neymar remains recovering from his injury and hoping to be back in time for the last league fixture of the season against Atletico Madrid, Tato Martino seems to have finally turned his attentions to Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, who got to start in the line-up once again, next to Lionel Messi. It wouldn’t be Barça drawing the first blood though, as it was Villarreal finding the back of the net for the first time on the night, when we were already very near to the half-time break. As seen in many occasions during this season, Barcelona left a big gap in the center corridor of their defense and allowed that Cani finished off a good attacking play from the hosts with a right foot strike.

As if things couldn’t get even worse, Villarreal managed to extend the lead to two goals later in the second half, in what was another great example of very poor defending from the Catalan side. They easily reached the end line near the right side line and after a well measured cross, Trigueros found himself all alone inside Barcelona‘s box and headed the ball past an helpless Pinto. 2-0 for the hosts and the game was turning out to be a nightmare for Tato Martino‘s men.

The reaction started coming out 10 minutes later, but it would have to be through a fortunate deflection that resulted in a Villarreal‘s own goal. Daniel Alves had decided to support the attack as he does for numerous times for Barcelona and when sent a strong low cross into Villarreal‘s box, he saw Gabriel deflecting it backwards and tricking the hosts’ goalkeeper. 2-1 on the score board and there was still plenty of time to complete the comeback.

The equalizer arrived in the 78th minute and again, it started by coming off Daniel Alves foot and ended up with another Villarreal player deflecting it to his own goal. This time it was Musacchio who got confused with the goal he should be protecting, and after a well weighed cross from Daniel Alves on the right, the Argentinian headed back past Sergio Asenjo, putting Barça‘s name on the board for the second time on the night.

The “remontada” was finally completed with a Lionel Messi goal (his 27th in La Liga this season), after a good build up play between Sergio Busquets, Fabregas and the Argentina international. Messi received the assist already inside the box and even though he found the ball the ball bouncing in front of him, he had no trouble in scoring from such a short range distance and delivering the 2-3 win to Barcelona.

With Atletico Madrid 0-1 win over Valencia and Real Madrid‘s 4-0 against Osasuna, things keep exactly the same on the top of the Spanish League. Everyone keeps waiting for Atletico to slip at least once before the we get to the last league fixture, but Diego Simeone‘s men quite simply don’t disarm in this 3-horse title fight.

Sources: fcbarcelona.com / goal.com / theguardian.com

Watch the highlights video from Villarreal 2-3 Barcelona match:

Barcelona match photos against Villarreal:

 

Lionel Messi waiting to resume the game in t he midfield line

Lionel Messi waiting to resume the game in t he midfield line

Barcelona players paying 1 minute of silence in respect of Tito Vilanova

Barcelona players paying 1 minute of silence in respect of Tito Vilanova

Lionel Messi getting ready to take a free-kick

Lionel Messi getting ready to take a free-kick

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