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Sport Soccer-Late goals ensure Barcelona win away at Villarreal

01:50  28 november  2021
01:50  28 november  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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FC Barcelona have finally collected their first away win of the 2021/22 season and in doing to have extended their unbeaten run against the Yellow Submarine to an incredible 28 games. After a goalless first half in which neither side was able to make anything of their many chances, Dutchmen Memphis These were dangerous moments for Barça, and sharper shooting from Villarreal and they could easily have been trailing. Two late goals ! But just when getting away with a draw might not have been such a bad prospect, up stepped that man Memphis again! Just two seconds were left on the clock when the

Barcelona have finally won away from home. At the sixth time of asking they got their first three points on the road with a late Memphis Depay goal and a Philippe Coutinho injury-time penalty giving them a 3-1 victory. Xavi 's team had been pegged back by a Samuel Chukwueze goal , cancelling out Frenkie de Jong's opener, and their legs looked to have gone with Villarreal Villarreal had their first chance and from it Gerard Pique risked giving away a penalty. He blocked Danjuma's shot with his hand as he went to ground but the referee decided his hand had been in a natural position as he stopped the shot.

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona scored twice in the closing stages for a 3-1 triumph at Villarreal on Saturday as they won away for the first time this season and handed new coach Xavi Hernandez a second successive LaLiga triumph.

LaLiga - Villarreal v FC Barcelona © Reuters/PABLO MORANO LaLiga - Villarreal v FC Barcelona

Memphis Depay calmly went around goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to score a dramatic 88th-minute goal that restored their lead and Philippe Coutinho added a stoppage-time penalty as Barcelona advanced to 23 points, seven behind leaders Real Madrid who play Sevilla on Sunday.

Villarreal had fought back through Samuel Chukwueze to equalise after 76 minutes after Frenkie de Jong’s early second-half effort had seen Barcelona open the scoring.

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X avi Hernandez takes charge of his first ever away game as coach of Barcelona , and it promises tobe a major challenge up against Unai Emery's Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica . The new Blaugrana boss has seen his side just score one goal in the 180 minutes he's been in charge, although they have yet to concede, while Villarreal have won just one of their last six league encounters. This is the very beginning of our Villarreal vs Barcelona live blog. As always on our live blogs, the entries highest up are the most recent.

Had Barcelona not won , though, they would certainly have been out of it. This at least keeps their slim hopes alive. It is just a shame for the Catalans that they could not play like this sooner. For Villarreal , meanwhile, it is a first defeat since LaLiga's return from suspension, bringing an end to an impressive sequence that had yielded five wins and a draw and taken Javi Calleja's men to within three points of the Champions League places. Now, however, fourth-placed Sevilla can double their points advantage over the Submarino Amarillo if they beat Eibar on Monday evening.

Villarreal, beaten at home by Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday, remain in 12th spot in the standings with 16 points from 14 matches.

Barcelona’s victory followed a fortuitous 1-0 win over Espanyol last week in Xavi’s coaching debut and a goalless draw with Benfica in the Champions League in midweek.

"We dominated less than I expected but in the end we found the goal with Memphis. They are three golden points. You also have to be lucky. Villarreal did not deserve to lose,” Xavi said.

Barcelona needed the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee to confirm De Jong’s goal after it had been initially ruled offside.

Jordi Alba thrashed the ball in from the left side and it looked as if Depay was offside before he got a touch that was blocked by home goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli but rebounded fortuitously for De Jong to tap home.

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Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal : Ronald Koeman gets off to a flyer in first match in charge with Ansu Fati hitting a brace while Lionel Messi scores penalty. We gave the ball away too much in the second half but that was the only negative. It’s always good to have one (an out-and-out centre-forward) but we can play perfectly well without one.’ There were no further goals in the second half but Koeman was able to give debuts to Francisco Trincao, Pedri, and Miralem Pjanic on what was a very satisfactory first start as coach.

Villarreal vs Barcelona Betting Tips. Villarreal welcomes Barcelona to the Estadio de la Cerámica with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing midweek results in the CL with a vital three La Liga points. For new Barcelona boss Xavi, it was a hugely frustrating night at the Camp Nou with the somewhat broken Catalan giants failing to break down a stubborn Benfica side and while they still maintain a 2 point advantage over their Portuguese rivals, Barcelona will need to win away to Bayern Munich to ensure qualification for the round of 16.

The VAR check found Depay had been onside to give Barcelona a 48th-minute lead.

Villarreal fought back to equalise through Chukwueze and were pressing their advantage in search of a late winner when they were caught by a counter-attack, with Depay collecting the ball, rounding Rulli and slotting in from a tight angle to restore the lead.

A handball then allowed substitute Coutinho the chance to make sure of the victory right at the end of the game.

Earlier on Saturday, Rayo Vallecano moved into fifth as they held Valencia to a 1-1 away draw, with Isi Palazon scoring for their visitors midway through the second half after Valencia had gone ahead in the opening 20 minutes through Carlos Soler’s penalty.

Iago Aspas scored the winner as Celta Vigo claimed a 2-1 triumph at Deportivo Alaves to end a run of three successive draws and move further away from the relegation zone.

Getafe remain second from bottom but did get an away point when they held Mallorca to a goalless draw.

(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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