FULL-TIME, Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona: A dominant performance by the Barça defense to survive the second half pressure from Villarreal and pick up three more points and extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points. The attack was hugely disappointing, but the backline continues to look amazing and Barça get a huge win in a really tough environment.
90’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Villarreal equalize at the death with Samuel Chukwueze, but the goal is ruled out for an offside on Yéremi Pino in the buildup.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona: Back underway at the Madrigal!
HALFTIME, Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona: Barça started great and scored a beautiful opener but couldn’t sustain the same level of play and Villarreal finished the half as the better team. They came very close to an equalizer just before halftime and promise to make things even tougher in the second half.
GOAL!!! Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona (Pedri 18’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Jules Kounde wins the ball high up the pitch and Pedri makes a quick one-two with Robert Lewandowski and finds the back of the net!
KICKOFF! Villarreal 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway at El Madrigal!
WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO DE LA CERÁMICA!!! The newly renovated home of Villarreal, forever known as El Madrigal in our hearts, is the site of a giant La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to 11 points if they’re able to beat a Villarreal side that’s been playing well under former Barça manager Quique Setién. This should be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Kessie, De Jong, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Alba, Roberto, Torre, Ferran, Fati, Alarcón
Starting XI: Reina; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Moreno; Coquelin, Parejo, Capoue; Pino, Morales, Baena (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Álvarez (GK), Cuenca, Mandi, Femenía, Mojica, Terrats, Trigueros, Chukwueze, Niño
Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, Matchday 21
Date/Time: Sunday, February 12, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal, Spain
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), Not Available (Canada), Viaplay Sports 2 (UK), Sports18 (India), SuperSport (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), 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, watch the 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!