Xavi’s Barcelona takes its first away win by punishing Villarreal

The tie reflected on the scoreboard three minutes from time showed what had been a match in which both teams had neutralized each other, but Barcelona’s final reaction was lethal.

The game was exciting in its opening minutes with a shot from Abde that Rulli and the crossbar neutralized and a defensive failure by Barcelona that Danjuma did not take advantage of thanks to Pique’s good positioning, although the Villarreal bench claimed a penalty.

Immediately, separate shots from Menphis and Gavi could also end in goal. With only ten minutes of play, four scoring chances had already been generated and before twenty minutes, Memphis missed, only before the goalkeeper, a new opportunity to overtake his team.

Although the start of the match was controlled by Xavi Hernández’s team, when the first half reached its half, Villarreal had already shaken the dominance of their rival to begin to approach Ter Stegen’s goal with danger.

It was an intense and vibrant first half, in which the forwards arrived with some ease at the rival area, although as the game approached halftime it was Villarreal who did the most damage, especially with the penetrations of the local Pedraza by the left band.

The alternatives were maintained by both teams as the first half progressed, although increasingly with greater control by Unai Emery’s team that forced their rival to intensify their defensive football.

Shortly after the start of the second half came the 0-1 marked by De Jong, after a cross by Jordi Alba in an action in which it was the VAR who determined that both was valid after being initially canceled for offside.

The goal loosened Villarreal and gave consistency to Barcelona, ​​which in the immediate minutes was able to play near Rulli’s goal, without giving offensive options to the local team in a phase of the game that had nothing to do with the intensity of the game. first period.

The game did not have the rhythm of the first half, but in sporadic action, after a throw-in, a deep ball allowed Chukwueze to establish the equalizer.

After the draw, the local team turned to the visiting goal, they had up to three options to turn the scoreboard without allowing Barcelona to get close to their area.

However, Barcelona was able to take advantage of its options when the rival was better and in this way solve a match that had been complicated for them and that meant the first away victory in this League against an opponent who, despite being at the height of the Catalan team, found too much punishment.


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