La Liga
10 December 2017
Game week
0 - 0
0 - 2
Estadio de la Cerámica (Villarreal)


0 - 1
72' L. Suárez (G) (assist by: Paco Alcácer)
0 - 2
83' L. Messi (G) (assist by: Sergio Busquets)


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That's all from this one. Thanks for joining us and, until next time, goodbye!
Brilliant goals from Luis Suarez and Messi seal victory for the visitors, whose lead stands at five points at the top of LaLiga once again.
90'+4 FULL-TIME: Villarreal 0 Barcelona 2.
90'+2 We may play more than those three minutes, however, as Asenjo and Luis Suarez are down following a collision. Fortunately, neither require attention.
90'+1 There are three minutes of added time.
90' SAVE! Rather tougher for Asenjo! He gives the ball straight to Messi, but then recovers well to rush off his line and block Vidal's effort.
89' SAVE! It's rather easy for Asenjo in the end. Suarez curls into the goalkeeper's arms.
Mario Gaspar kicks out at Messi and Barca have a free-kick right outside the area...
88' Pique offers his best impression of Messi, dancing through the Villarreal defence. But Luis Suarez's cross is cut out.
86' YELLOW! Gonzalez attempts to trip Vidal and is booked when the ball then runs away from the Barca substitute.
SUB! And Sergio Busquets now takes his leave. Andre Gomes is on.
83' Villarreal gave the ball away very cheaply and it was Sergio Busquets who fed Messi, although he still had a lot to do.
GOAL! Magical Messi has wrapped up the points. He dribbles between Alvaro Gonzalez and Victor Ruiz, causing the team-mates to collide, and then thrashes a finish beyond Asenjo. 0-2.
CHANCE! Another opportunity! Paco Alcacer goes through on the right, but slides a finish across goal and wide.
81' CHANCE! A huge chance! Luis Suarez is not devastating this time. Messi lifts a beautiful pass onto his strike partner's toe, but the finish is sliced and wide.
78' Barca are content just to keep the ball now and the crowd don't like it. Villarreal cannot win back possession.
76' SAVE! A pair of good stops from Ter Stegen. Manu Trigueros hammers in an effort from distance that the goalkeeper punches away, before springing to his feet to hold a second shot.
72' It looked as though Barca would need something special and this move was. Paco Alcacer was central to it with the assist.
GOAL! Oh, what a goal. This is outstanding attacking play from Barca, with Messi's pass finding Luis Suarez, who was able to execute a cute one-two with Paco Alcacer. Taking the ball again, Luis Suarez rounds the goalkeeper and finishes. Sublime. 0-1.
71' CLOSE! Again Alba and Messi combine. This time the forward aims for the near bottom-left corner, but instead finds the sidenetting. Villarreal are hanging on a little now.
68' SUB! Paulinho has been fairly quiet and he's off for Aleix Vidal.
67' POST! How do Barca not lead? Alba has been brilliant on the left and his latest cross is redirected against the right-hand upright by Luis Suarez. Rakitic's shot is then deflected through to the grateful Asenjo.
66' Ivan Rakitic sends a cross from deep towards Sergi Roberto, with a hacked clearance in front of the defender causing chaos. Villarreal clear at the second or third attempt.
64' SUB! Antonio Rukavina replaces Roberto Soriano, who had been impressive.
CHEEKY! Not a bad effort! Villarreal counter and Roberto Soriano hammers a shot goalwards from halfway. It lands some way wide, but the idea was nice.
63' Sergio Busquets is back on his feet as the referee looks to restore order. A member of the Villarreal staff has been sent to the stands, too.
61' YELLOW! Bakambu is booked for his protests. It looked like a fairly straightforward red card, the referee taking no time to pull out his notebook.
60' RED! A twist! Raba is off for a late challenge on Sergio Busquets. The Barca man appears to be in real pain.
59' CLOSE! So, so close. Messi goes wide to Alba, who returns the ball into the path of the forward. Barca's star man sweeps a low effort just beyond the far post, the ball fading agonisingly away from the corner.
SAVE! And Paco Alcacer almost instantly opens the scoring! Asenjo gets down to deny the forward from close range.
58' SUB! And that's Denis Suarez's last action. Paco Alcacer is on.
57' A cross from the left this time just evades Raba and Villarreal's momentum is hindered by a foul on Denis Suarez, to the frustration of the crowd.
56' Raba delivers a wonderful, delicate cross from the right, but none of his team-mates gamble and the ball runs through for Ter Stegen.
54' And Samu Castillejo now crucially cuts out a Messi pass. Barca are moving the ball nicely, but Villarreal are quite content to sit deep and allow them to do exactly that.
52' Despite his constant threat, Messi has been handled well by Villarreal. His latest foray is halted by a cluster of defenders.
50' Yet another very harsh offside call against Luis Suarez. He surely has to be given the benefit of the doubt at some point.
48' SUB! A blow for Villarreal as the impressive Ruben Semedo bows out with injury. Samu Castillejo is his replacement.
46' WIDE! Bakambu races through on the left and attempts to beat Ter Stegen at his near post. But from the tightest of angles, the forward instead thrashes a shot into the sidenetting.
KICK-OFF: Away we go again!
The players are heading back out for the restart.
We'll have all the second half action shortly...
There have been chances, but it remains all square here.
45'+1 HALF-TIME: Villarreal 0 Barcelona 0.
And the corner comes to nothing as the whistle blows.
45' CHANCE! Rodri snatches at his chance as the set-piece falls his way. There's a deflection, but he might have done better than to lash wide.
YELLOW! Sergio Busquets goes into the book for bringing down the accelerating Raba.
44' Roberto Soriano has been the star of the show for Villarreal and he continues to lead every counter-attack. His role is crucial.
42' Ter Stegen remains busy, though, and he does well to beat away Costa's cross with Bakambu lurking.
40' Again the visitors go short and Messi's right-footed cross goes straight through to Asenjo.
39' Alba's cross is nodded behind and Barca have a corner...
38' CLOSE! And that's why! Barca so nearly punish the wasteful hosts. Messi whips a low finish just beyond the left-hand post.
37' Another poor pass on the break denies the hosts another opportunity. They must be more ruthless.
36' CLOSE! Villarreal are no playing on the counter-attack and Cedric Bakambu and Roberto Soriano clumsily make progress. The latter shoots after a lucky break, but his effort goes just wide.
34' And Luis Suarez is unhappy with the officials again. Ruben Semedo snaps into a challenge and knocks the ball back to Asenjo, who collects. The Barca forward wants a free-kick for a pass back, but it is not forthcoming.
32' An almost identical pass to that which caught Luis Suarez offside earlier does so again. Once more, it was close. The forward is more than a little frustrated.
30' Barca are back on top, but they are struggling to forge a route through Villarreal. Ruben Semedo is doing a crucial job in the heart of the midfield, suffocating the space.
27' Another wasted opportunity for the home side! Roberto Soriano leads a speedy break, but his pass to Raba is mistimed and Villarreal's momentum slows. Jaume Costa hammers in a cross, but Pique blocks and clears.
26' SAVE! It's comfortable in the end for Ter Stegen, but it very nearly wasn't. A wonderful inswinging cross from the right just evades the stretching Roberto Soriano.
24' Villarreal have responded well to a good spell from Barca, hassling the visitors at every opportunity.
23' Frustration for Alba! Messi lofts a wonderful pass through to the onrushing full back inside the area, but his touch allows a defender to clear.
22' SAVE! Messi's effort is delicate and Asenjo is equal to it, moving to his right to parry and then gather the ball.
21' A foul on the edge of the box gives Barca - and Messi - a free-kick in a dangerous position...
20' Despite their earlier threat from a set-piece, the corner is taken short and comes to nothing. Jordi Alba has to race back to prevent a Villarreal counter.
19' Corner to Barca. Messi teases a cross in and the clearance is only as far as Luis Suarez, whose delivery is nodded behind by Ruben Semedo.
16' SAVE! Roberto Soriano has made a bright start and he's close to the opener! The midfielder meets a right-wing cross with a firm effort, but Ter Stegen is across to make an outstanding stop with a strong left palm.
15' A tight offside call at the other end, Luis Suarez running after a long ball from the left. Sergio Asenjo let the ball slip before seeing the flag. A let off.
12' Villarreal are on top now, moving the ball smartly in Barca's half. Messi has shown a few flashes of his immense quality, though, and the home side cannot allow these high early standards to drop.
11' Roberto Soriano just strays offside as he dashes towards a delicate pass from deep. That was close and the Villarreal man would have been in then.
9' The crowd are on the referee's back already, jeering a couple of early fouls given against Villarreal. The home side have settled well after that early scare with Pique's header.
7' SAVE! Marc-Andre ter Stegen is tested for the first time, but it is a tame header from Raba at the end of a speedy counter.
5' Villarreal try to come forward for the first time, but the visitors are so calm in defence, winning possession and passing their way out of trouble.
4' CROSSBAR! What an effort from Gerard Pique! His header smashes the crossbar and bounces away. So close to an opener.
3' Corner to Barca! Messi jinks through the home defence and his shot is deflected behind...
2' As you would expect, Barca - in their change strip - are dominating possession in the opening stages.
1' KICK-OFF: Barcelona get us under way in Villarreal!
Ernesto Valverde rings the changes after beating Sporting CP in the Champions League - there are six in total. Lionel Messi returns after finishing behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d'Or vote.
Subs: Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Paco Alcacer, Digne, Andre Gomes, Vidal, Costas.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen, Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Paulinho, Messi, Luis Suarez, Denis Suarez.
Subs: Barbosa, Marin, Samu Castillejo, Rukavina, Bonera, Guerra, Chuca.
Villarreal (4-3-1-2): Asenjo, Gaspar, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Costa, Rodri, Ruben Semedo, Manu Trigueros, Roberto Soriano, Raba, Bakambu.
So can Barca extend that run? Let's get the team news...
The hosts have taken just one point from their last three league matches and are currently enduring a 16-match winless run against today's opponents - their worst ever streak against any one team.
Valencia cut Barca's lead at the summit to two points yesterday, but they can restore a healthy advantage if they emerge victorious from a tricky trip to Estadio de la Ceramica.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the clash between Villarreal and Barcelona in LaLiga!


Sergio Asenjo
M. ter Stegen
Mario Gaspar
Álvaro González
Rúben Semedo
I. Rakitić
Sergio Busquets
Víctor Ruíz
Denis Suárez
L. Suárez
L. Messi
Jaume Costa
Rodri Hernández
C. Bakambu
Jordi Alba
Sergi Roberto
R. Soriano
T. Vermaelen
Dani Raba

Additional info

Jon Núñez
Fourth official
Aimar Velasco

Match Stats

Villarreal Barcelona
30 Attacks (Dangerous) 50
2 Corners 4
17 Fouls 10
15 Free Kicks 20
9 Goal Kicks 4
3 Offsides 4
0 Shots (blocked) 1
5 Shots (off target) 6
6 Shots (on target) 6
0 Shots (woodwork) 1
11 Throw Ins 12

Regular Season

# Team MP D P

Estadio de la Cerámica

Estadio de la Cerámica