Pau Torres – by mistake in his own net – and Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Nesso Fatey scored Barcelona goals. Gerrard Moreno scored Villarreal’s only goal.
To raise Barcelona to 73 points in second place behind Real Madrid, the leader of the 77 points.
While Villarreal’s balance stood at 54 points in fifth place, and Seville’s fourth points could not be equaled, even temporarily.
Barcelona cling to the hope of crowning the Spanish league, overcoming the difficult “La Ceramica” stadium and continuing to worry Real Madrid.
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Barcelona reduces the difference with Real Madrid to 4 points in the lead🔥
The struggle continues to the end👋 pic.twitter.com/OWAXJFpFZl
– FilGoal (From 🏠) (@FilGoal) July 5, 2020
Villarreal lost for the first time since football resumed after 5 wins and a draw in the last six games.
Villarreal also reached 23 consecutive games without a victory over Barcelona, as his last victory over the Catalan team dates back to 2008.
Thus was the most prominent title an hour before the start of the match: the return of Antoine Griezmann.
The French star appeared in the starting lineup for Barcelona again after 3 matches on the bench, out of the last 4 confrontations for the Blaugrana.
Sergei Roberto also participated in the midfield at the expense of Ricky Puig and Ivan Rakitic.
On the other hand, and with a lot of nostalgia, veteran Santi Cazorla appeared in Villarreal’s primary formation, as Paco Alcacer started against his former team.
First few minutes of fire
Without wasted chances, the net shook instantly.
Jordi Alba blasted off from the left side in the fourth minute, and sent a cross cross into Griezmann, defender Pau Torres tried to drive her away, but he put it into the net instead of taking it into a corner kick.
To be the third reverse goal that Barcelona benefits from this season, more than any other team, and the number 141 in its history in the Spanish League, more than any other team as well.
But the response was not too late, Villarreal tied in the 14th minute by Gerard Moreno.
The Catalan striker received a longitudinal ball behind the defense, then passed to the starting position from the back Santi Cazorla, and the last shot with a left-footed ball that Marc Andre Ter ter Stegen miraculously tackled, to bounce back to Gerrard, who scored in the empty net.
Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande returned to the video technology to verify the correctness of Gerrard’s position at the time the first ball was passed towards him, and the return showed his non-infiltration.
For Gerrard to have scored his 16th goal in La Liga this season, with his 200th match in the Spanish competition.
Villarreal’s trance lasted only a minute, until Luis Suarez smashed them with the first threat of a penalty penetration, and a left-footed shot, by Sergio Asenjo, a goalkeeper for yellow submarines.
The time for the foreboding and the time for prayer ended, and the time for implementation came, in the 20th minute, when Leo Messi blasted off with a dazzling effort, eluding everyone who met and passed the ball to Suarez, who hit from one touch in the far corner of the goalkeeper Asenjo, bringing the two teams back to the front.
Suarez scored his 14th goal in La Liga, and his third in 3 games.
Villarreal coach Xabi Caija had to take out his striker Alcacer in the 36th minute after suffering an injury, and compensated him with the Colombian Carlos Backa.
The former Sevilla and AC Milan striker only took a few seconds to threaten Barcelonas goal with a powerful shot, which superstar Ter Stegen drove them away.
The missed opportunities continued, but on the other hand, after a brilliant counterattack, Griezmann led and passed to Arturo Vidal, who was alone and wasted in facing Asenjo with the 38th minute.
In the last minute of the first half, Liu Messi and Antoine Griezmann decided to draw a creative art painting.
Messi passed the heel, and Griezmann hit a falling ball, “Loeb” from the top, Asenjo, scoring Barcelonas third goal.
The first goal was for Griezmann after fasting 9 consecutive games, with his last goal dating back to February 15th against Getafe.
While Messi has reached 20 assists this season in various competitions, an achievement he is making for the second time in his career after the 2014/2015 season.
Enter the veteran
Between the two halves, Villarreal’s veteran captain Bruno Soriano entered Moy Gomez, instead of Gerard Moreno and Vicente Ebora.
The changes continued later, and Mano Tregiros entered instead of Santi Cazorla in the 56th minute.
Luis Suarez and Nelson Simedo were also eliminated from Barcelona in the 60th minute, and were replaced by Ricky Bouygues and Ivan Rakitic.
Barcelona tried to get away with the result, and Arturo Vidal fired in the 67th minute, but Asenjo fought again.
TheVAR And pique
Before the turn came on Leo Messi, who finally hit the net in the 69th minute after Robertos cross.
But the video technique interfered and canceled the goal for infiltrating Vidal before the ball reached Messi, to make Gerard Pique mock the decision with several hand signals.
Immediately after the goal was canceled, Sergio Busquets and Griezmann came out and replaced them: Martin Braithwaite and Anso Fati, and the latter would put his name on the list of registrants.
The young man, who is from Guinea-Bissau, spanked gracefully in the 87th minute and hit a globe that hugged Asenjos net and widened the difference to 3 goals.
Messi, in turn, did not give up, so he tried to score from a free kick directly in the stoppage time, but his shot bounced off the crossbar, then Braathwaite tried to pop it into the net with his head, but Asenjo miraculously blocked, standing the score at the 4-1 barrier.
The crossbar blocks the 31st attempt and forbids Liu to score from a free kick https://t.co/8D9Np4UKi5
– FilGoal (From 🏠) (@FilGoal) July 5, 2020