Villarreal vs Barcelona ended 1-1 and Lionel Messi’s free-kick saved FC Barcelona from losing 2 games in a row.
Fixture: Villarreal vs Barcelona
Match Week: 17th
Full-Time Score: Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona
Scorers: Nicola Sansone 49′ (Vill), Lionel Messi 90′ (FCB)
Venue: Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal
Villarreal: Asenjo, Jaume Costa, Victor Ruiz, Musacchio, Mario, Soriano, Trigueros, Bruno, J.Dos Santos, A. Pato, Sansone.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, G. Pique, Javier Mascherano, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomez, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar Jr.
After the previous loss against Athletic Club in Copa Del Rey, FC Barcelona was expected to come back stronger and show their character against Villarreal. The Catalans have been poor since the start of the season. They have already lost some points at the start of the season. Real Madrid CF is completely dominating the Spanish football and leading the league table by 4 points ahead of Sevilla and with a game in hand. A win against Villarreal could have reduced the gap between the 2 rivals. But the loss of 2 points have dropped FC Barcelona’s position from 2nd to 3rd and Sevilla is the 2nd favorites to win the league 2016/17 season.
As the game started, none of the team could find the back of the net in the first half. Lionel Messi was exceptional during the whole game. He created 7 chances but none was converted by his team-mates. Midfield lost the ball a number of times that caused counter-attack chances to Villarreal. A combination of luck and composure prevented the home team from scoring during the first. Nicola Sansone finally scored for Villarreal on a counter-attack in the 49th minute. It was Lionel Messi who was the savior of FC Barcelona once again. Lionel Messi’s free-kick goal in the 90th minute ensured a draw.