Soccer – LaLiga – Villarreal v FC Barcelona – Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain – November 27, 2021 FC Barcelona players celebrate their third goal by Philippe Coutinho from the penalty spot REUTERS / Pablo Morano
MADRID: Barcelona scored two goals in the closing stages for a 3-1 triumph at Villarreal on Saturday when they won away for the first time this season, giving new manager Xavi Hernandez a second straight La Liga triumph.
Memphis Depay left quietly around goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, scoring a dramatic 88th-minute goal that restored his lead, and Philippe Coutinho added an injury-time penalty as Barcelona advanced to 23 points, seven behind leaders Real Madrid who face Sevilla on Sunday.
Villarreal had fought their way back through Samuel Chukwueze to level on 76 minutes after Frenkie de Jong scored in the first half of the second half Barcelona had scored.
Villarreal, who were beaten by Manchester United at home in the Champions League on Tuesday, remain in 12th place with 16 points from 14 games.
Barcelona’s win followed a chance 1-0 -Win against Espanyol last week in Xavi’s coaching debut and a goalless draw with Benfica in the Champions League mid-week.
“We dominated less than I expected, but in the end we found the goal with Memphis. That’s three golden points. You have to be lucky too. Villarreal didn’t deserve to lose, “said Xavi.
Barcelona needed the intervention of the video assistant referee to confirm De Jong’s goal after it was originally decided offside.
Jordi Alba Pocketed the ball from the left and it looked like Depay was offside before getting a touch blocked by home goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli but accidentally rebounded to make De Jong tip home.
Villarreal fought their way back through Chukwueze to equalize and used his advantage in search of a late winner when they were caught by a counterattack.
A handball then gave substitute Coutinho the chance to secure victory at the end of the game .
The previous Saturday, Rayo Vallecano had finished fifth when they kept Valencia in a 1-1 draw. Isi Palazon scored for their guests in the middle of the second half after Valencia was hit by Carlos Soler in the first 20 minutes s penalty took the lead.
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