Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona : Match report and full analysis
Barcelona drew 2-2 at Villarreal after wasting a two-goal lead on Sunday, as the defending champions unfortunately settled for increasing their lead in the Spanish league to nine points now.
Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring chart in the 20th minute of the Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona encounter and Neymar added a penalty further in the 41st, after the referee had sent off the Villarreal maanger, Marcelino García, for protesting.
But fourth-placed Villarreal rallied bravely with a goal from the forward Cédric Bakambu in the 57th minute of the Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona match before the Barcelona substitute Jérémy Mathieu accidentally knocked in an own-goal in the 63rd.
Barcelona’s 12-match winning streak finally ended a day after second-placed Atlético Madrid stumbled shockingly in a 2-1 defeat at Sporting Gijon.
“It was a very intense game against one of the best teams in the league which always presses even more in its stadium,” Rakitic said. “We have to be happy with the result, even if it hurts after being up two goals.”
As promised, the Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona match produced an entertaining contest from the start to finish.
The Croatia midfielder fired a ball hard through a packed area that had fallen to him when the careful Villarreal defender Victor Ruiz ended up disrupting a free-kick by Lionel Messi destined for Luis Suárez.
Barcelona soon struck a second time after Messi threaded a pass forward to converge to Neymar’s run.
The goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo brought down the Brazil forward, colliding with his left leg just before he could snatch the ball away. Neymar then waited until Asenjo leaned one way before clinically floating his spot kick into the other end of the net for his 21st league goal and 27th in all of the competitions this season.
Bakambu finally got his goal when he netted in a ball that Bravo had parried from a shot taken by Denis Suárez.
Villarreal quickly leveled the score when a corner kick struck Mathieu and fell into the net.