After two consecutive draws in LaLiga, Barcelona bounced back with an emphatic 4-1 win over Villareal on Sunday night (Monday IST).
The Catalan giants had fallen far behind arch-rivals Real Madrid in the LaLiga table but reduced the gap to just four points after Zinedine Zidane’s men beat Athletic Club earlier in the day.
An own goal from Villareal defender Pau Torres opened the lead for the Catalans inside 3 minutes of kickoff. Gerard Moreno soon restored parity for the home side in the 14th minute after Villareal split open Barca’s defence with neatly weaved passes.
Luis Suarez however put Barça back in the driver’s seat. Lionel Messi pulled out a brilliant individual move to pick out Suarez, who unleashed a rasping shot past Sergio Asenjo with a first-time finish. The visitors doubled their lead before the half-time whistle after Antoine Griezmann found the net with an exquisite chip.
The second half continued with the same dominance from Barcelona, who arguably played their best game since football in Spain resumed last month. Lionel Messi had a goal ruled out for offside before substitute Ansu Fati sealed the deal with a late strike. The game ended at 4-1 to Barcelona.