Catalans make a below-average play against Villarreal, but they get an epic reaction and reduce injury before facing Atletico Madrid’s runner-up at the Camp Nou.
It was one of those nights at the Estadio de la Cerámica where football is impossible to understand. Villarreal started better, tightening Barcelona, and took two goals, Coutinho and Malcolm. Messi must have thought of the bench that could finally rest, but the Yellow Submarine grew, turned and got to be winning by 4 to 2. The Argentine player was already on the field at that time and tried a few passes to pierce the defense, but could only move in the scoreboard just in charge of foul at the end. There was still something missing to close the script: in the last move, Suárez hit a beautiful kick to make it all the same: 4 to 4, certainly in one of the craziest games in the recent history of the Spanish Championship.
It was to be a quiet match for Barça, visiting the 17th place. But with the floor of the carriage, the shirt 10 needed to enter the field in the 16 minutes of the second half. Enough to influence the game, with a precise collection of the half-moon in the upper corner of Asenjo. It was the sixth goal of his absence only in this Spanish – and seventh in the season, equaling his best mark in Barça (2015/16 and 2017/18). It’s turning into a penalty.
Even when they were ahead, Barcelona seemed far from controlling the game. Having Stegen defended – and also failed – the beam helped, and the truth is that the Yellow Submarine could have won three very important points in the fight against relegation. Cazorla (the former Arsenal) and Samuel Chukwueze, a 19-year-old Nigerian (shirt 30), stand out.
Malcom, the Brazilian only started the second time in Spanish League and managed to show his value. He gave the assist to the goal of Coutinho and then scored in the header after the sweet cross of Suárez. Won points with Ernesto Valverde in the absence of Dembélé and has chances to start the important game on Saturday against Atletico Madrid.
However, Messi equaled Cristiano Ronaldo as the top scorer in the history of the top-5 leagues in Europe. The Argentine has 414 goals in Spanish, while Portuguese adds the same number by English (84), Spanish (311) and Italian (19)