FULL-TIME! Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona: That’s much more like it. Great win, good performance, well done boys!
GOAL! Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona: Ansu Fati rolls home Barcelona’s fourth!
GOAL RULED OUT! Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona: VAR have taken a look and decided there was an offside in the build-up. NO GOAL.
GOAL! Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona: Messi gets his goal! A nicely-worked move sees Sergi Roberto burst into the box and cut the ball back for Messi to pass it into the back of the net.
KICK-OFF! Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona: And we are off again. Come on Barca!
HALF-TIME! Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona: Great half for Barca with some great goals. More of the same please boys.
GOAL!!! Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona (Griezmann 45’): What a goal from Griezmann! Messi backheels the ball to the Frenchman to chip home from the edge of the area.
GOAL!! Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona (Suarez 19’): Brilliant from Barca! Lionel Messi tees up Suarez to fire it into the top corner.
GOAL, Villarreal 1-1 Barcelona (Gerard 13’): Villarreal counter-attack, Santi Cazorla forces a save from Ter Stegen, and an unmarked Gerard Moreno scores an easy goal.
GOAL!!! Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona (Torres 3’ OG): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Sergi Roberto finds Jordi Alba who tries to find Antoine Griezmann for a tap-in, but Pau Torres knocks the ball in and Barça go ahead!
KICKOFF! Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona: Come on, boys! Let’s put on a good show and win this one!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Iñaki Peña (GK), Cuenca, Araujo, Morer, Rakitic, Arthur, Monchu, Puig, Collado, Ansu Fati, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Asenjo; Mario, Albiol, Torres, Moreno; Chukwueze, Iborra, Anguissa, Cazorla; Alcácer, Gerard (4-4-2)
Bench: Fernández (GK), Bacca, Trigueros, Morlanes, Quintillà, Peña, Bruno, Sofian, Moi Gómez, Ontiveros, Lozano, Fer Niño
WELCOME TO EL MADRIGAL!!! Even though it is now called the Estadio de la Cerámica, the beautiful home of Villarreal will always be El Madrigal, and on Sunday it is the site of a fantastic La Liga match between the hosts and two-time defending champions Barcelona, who come into this one in desperate need of a win to either return to the title race or find some positivity after a couple of really bad weeks. This should be a fun game, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 34
Date/Time: Sunday, July 5, 2020, 10pm CET (Barcelona), 9pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio de la Cerámica (El Madrigal in our hearts), Villarreal, Spain
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!