Two last goals from Memphis Depay y Philippe Coutinho They have awarded the victory to Barcelona against Villarreal (1-3) at the Estadio de la Cerámica, where VAR has contributed to the visitors’ triumph by swallowing a clear penalty by Gerard Piqué. With the eighth league goal of the Dutch striker and another of his compatriot Frenkie de Jong, Barça added their first away victory in this League and he confirmed his good trend at the Castellón stadium, where he has won in four of his last five visits. By the way, he sleeps 7 points behind the leadership in the hands of Real Madrid.
The most incredible thing about a rather implausible first half was the absence of goals. The fireworks began to Barça, who crashed twice with the stick in the first eight minutes, first Abde with the head and then Gavi with the left leg. Later Memphis he failed two others, the second very clear. Alone in front of Rollers after great assistance from Frenkie de Jong, he hit her fatally and sent her away. The visiting team came to The ceramic in search of the lost goal and one more night he lost the spotlight. Four frank occasions to limbo, although the action that capitalized the start of the game was a penalty not called in the culé area.
Eric García, in the grossest of his misdeeds as a surprising right-back, gave the ball to Danjuma and the Dutch striker was so lonely that he entertained himself too much. By the time he hit the ball, Piqué was already sliding across the grass with his right arm detached from his body. The ball hit him in the right hand, which wobbled like a rattle, but neither Soto Grade neither him WHERE, in command of Munuera Montero, they saw nothing punishable. Unai emery he screamed protesting in the band. The Riojan referee turned a deaf ear to the clamor of the yellow fans. Keep going, keep going. Nor did he show the yellow one to Equal for a very hard entrance to the ankle of Busquets.
Very well seated and spurred on by effective high pressure, the Villarreal he took over the match, but he proved to have weapons as sharp as his rival: nothing. Tag Pau Torres head to empty door, after a bad start from Ter Stegen in a corner, but the German was immediately rehabilitated with a save from Danjuma, which also did not hit five meters. The two teams won the locker room with pending duties in a deceptive electric scoreboard duel.
Memphis gets oil at the right time
And it was the Barça who came down from the couch to sing the first goal of play in the ‘era Xavi‘. Soto Grado initially canceled the goal Frenkie de Jong for offside of Memphis, but the VAR did intervene this time to confirm that the Dutchman was in line with Albiol. Rollers stopped the attempt of the ‘9’ at point blank range after center of Jordi Alba, but De Jong flocked to an empty door and was able to celebrate after several minutes of suspense.
The Villarreal accused the blow and the Barça it began to take better shelter with the wind in its favor, so the game lost voltage. The carousel of changes began: Xavi introduced to Dembele and took out by obligation Jordi Alba, injured. Oblivious to everything, Eric García committed a possible penalty for grabbing Albiol, but the VAR was going off again. To the other side, Emery bet on the physical power of Chukwueze and sang bingo. The Nigerian international got it right the first time he had and balanced the score with a quarter of an hour to go.
The Submarine took advantage of the inertia and put the turbo, dwarfed Barça and brushed the comeback with two clear chances of Trigueros and Danjuma, who sent the ball out. When the tie seemed close, Memphis converted an isolated play into three gold points for his team. Coat Ter Stegen in long, Stupiñán fatally headed backward and the ball hit Depay, who mocked Rollers and scored 1-2 in minute 87. Already in discount, Coutinho, who had entered shortly before, caused a penalty and converted the goal of tranquility.