Samuel Chukwueze netted for Villarreal as FC Barcelona kept their LaLiga title hopes alive after rallying from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Yellow Submarine.
Barca manager Ronald Koeman made the only change from the thrashing of Getafe, as Sergino Dest started ahead of Sergi Roberto at right wing-back.
Chukwueze scores, but Villareal lose to Barcelona
Villarreal hit Blaugrana to great effect on a counter-attack in the 26th minute, as Samuel Chukwueze went through on goal from Pau Torres’ pass, rounded goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and fired a strike into an empty net from a tight angle.
Antoine Griezmann quickly levelled matters for Koeman’s charges two minutes after going through from Oscar Mingueza’s through ball and chipped a strike over Asenjo, who was out of his area, 1-1.
Griezmann gave Barca a 2-1 lead with ten minutes remaining of the first half after intercepting a back pass from Juan Foyth towards Asenjo and hit it first-time into the gaping net and the Catalan giants held on to the lead heading to the break and for the rest of the game.