After a vigorous begin from either side, Barcelona took the lead on 12 minutes, as Malcom’s low cross was transformed by Philippe Coutinho from shut vary, earlier than the previous Bordeaux man gave Barça a two-goal lead 4 minutes later with a back-post header for his first La Liga purpose.
Coutinho nearly made it 3-Zero inside 20 minutes when his chipped end struck the put up, though it was relegation-threatened Villarreal who scored the third purpose of the competition by Samuel Chukwueze halfway by the half, who completed on the second try after his first effort hit the woodwork to offer the host hope heading into the second interval.
The house facet’s hopes could be realised simply 5 minutes after the restart by Karl Toko Ekambi, as his cross beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen from an unbelievable angle to degree proceedings,
Carlos Bacca appeared to have wrapped up the sport ten minutes from full-time with a composed end after rounding Ter Stegen – who completed the sport with ten males after Alvaro Gonzalez noticed pink late on for 2 bookable offences. Nonetheless, Lionel Messi’s beautiful free-kick on the 90th minute arrange a frantic finale.
With the sport showing to be drifting away for Barcelona, Luis Suarez netted for the guests deep into added time with a superbly struck half-volley from the sting of the world to rescue a degree for the La Liga leaders and spare their blushes.
Here is our breakdown of this one.
Beginning XI: Asenjo (7); Alvaro (5), Funes Mori (5), Ruiz (6); Mario Gaspar (6), Morlanes (7), Cazorla (8), Pedraza Sag (8); Chukwueze (9*), Iborra (7); Ekambi (8).
Substitutes: Caseres (6), Bacca (7), Bonera (N/A).
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Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique had been all named on the bench forward of giant video games in opposition to Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, giving squad gamers an opportunity to shine in opposition to a relegation-threatened Villarreal, though it seemed to be a torrid evening for Barcelona on the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Regardless of going right into a two-goal lead after 16 minutes – which may’ve been three had Coutinho’s chip gone in off the put up simply shy of 20 minutes – Barca had Ter Stegen to thank for conceding only one within the first interval, with the German making three important stops.
Superb comeback from FC Barcelona Messi and Suarez within the final minutes
— Mohamed Ali (@MohdAliYusf) April 2, 2019
What a recreation I noticed simply now between Villarreal and Barcelona. Barca led 2-Zero however then quit Four straight targets to place themselves in peril of an upset from the probably relegated crew. However thanks to 2 miracle targets from Messi and Suarez, they draw in the long run. #LaLiga
— Ryan (@pradiggitydog) April 2, 2019
The metaphorical wheels nonetheless fell off for the La Liga chief simply 17 minutes after half-time, as errors within the Barca defence, particularly Ter Stegen for the third purpose, noticed the sport activate its head, with the guests trying all at sea by the point Bacca netted a fourth for the hosts not lengthy after Ter Stegen made one other positive cease to disclaim Chukwueze.
Barca nonetheless acquired out of jail because of the expertise at their disposal, first by one other Messi free-kick, whereas a venomous strike from Suarez late on prolonged their unbeaten league run to 18 video games as they most actually acquired away with one.
Loopy recreation and messi was a sub however what a free kick – poor Cazola had improbable recreation – Barcelona defenders far and wide
— Griffiths (@djnobbles) April 2, 2019
Beginning XI: ter Stegen (7); Roberto (6), Umtiti (5), Lenglet (5), Alba (5); Vidal (6), Busquets (6), Arthur (5); Malcom (7), Suarez (7), Coutinho (7).
Substitutes: Messi (7), Alena (6), Rakitic (6).
Malcom was Barcelona’s deadliest participant within the first half, with him offering an help in addition to his first La Liga purpose for the membership, with the tempo and runs off the ball inflicting actual issues for Villarreal, though his influenced lessened as Barca stuttered by the rest of the sport.
Villarreal will likely be seeking to bonce again once they face Actual Betis this weekend, earlier than internet hosting fellow La Liga facet Valencia within the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final in midweek.
Barcelona in the meantime face title-challengers Atletico Madrid this weekend as they give the impression of being to increase their eight-point lead over Los Rojiblancos, earlier than dealing with United within the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final.