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Villarreal Barcelona Barcelona beats Villarreal 21 to stay near the top in Spain

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Sun, 25 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0700

MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored a pair of first-half goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 and stay close to the top in the Spanish 

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi tries to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

MADRID (AP) — Antoine Griezmann scored a pair of first-half goals as Barcelona came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1 and stay close to the top in the Spanish league on Sunday.

The away victory left Barcelona two points behind leader Atlético Madrid, which visits Athletic Bilbao later Sunday. Barcelona is third, level on points with second-place Real Madrid, which was held 0-0 by Real Betis at home on Saturday. Barcelona has a game in hand compared to Madrid.

Villarreal, sitting seventh, played with 10 men from the 65th minute after Manu Trigueros was sent off with a straight red card for a dangerous sliding tackle on Lionel Messi. Trigueros had his foot up when he hit Messi’s left leg, sliding his cleats on the Argentine’s lower shin. Messi was in pain and needed medical attention but was able to return.

The hosts opened the scoring with Samu Chukwueze in the 26th, but Griezmann equalized in the 28th and netted the winner in the 35th.

It was Barcelona’s second straight league win since losing to Madrid in the last clásico of the season.

Villarreal, which hosts Arsenal in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals on Thursday, has lost three of its last four league matches.

OTHER RESULTS

Enes Unal scored a goal in each half as Getafe won 2-0 at Huesca in a match between relegation-threatened teams.

The result ended Getafe’s seven-match winless streak. The Madrid club moved to 15th in the standings, five points from the relegation zone.

Huesca stayed second-to-last, three points from safety.

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Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi tries to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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Sun, 25 Apr 2021 08:00:00 -0700

Barcelona still has a straightforward path to win the La Liga crown, and the club can try to continue a march to the title Sunday with a road test against Villarreal

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks during the Spanish Copa del Rey final 2021 between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at La Cartuja stadium in Seville, Spain, Saturday April 17, 2021.AP

Barcelona still has a straightforward path to win the La Liga crown, and the club can try to continue a march to the title Sunday with a road test against Villarreal.

BeIN Sports will broadcast the match starting at 10:05 a.m. ET April 25, and the streaming service fuboTV carries the channel and offers a free trial. Fans who want to watch Barca’s attempt to race to a championship can use that option if they do not own a traditional cable package.

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Barcelona has won its past two matches — a Spanish Copa del Rey rout of Athletic Bilbao and a La Liga win over Getafe — by a combined score of 9-2. The offensive explosion has ignited hopes that the club has regained top form as it veers into the final stretch of the season, and Lionel Messi’s four goals over the two victories reminded fans of his greatness.

Messi’s future with Barcelona is unclear, and the club itself is facing some uncertainty after it initially announced plans to participate in the formation of the controversial Super League that intend to research high-level European club soccer.

In the short-term, though, Barca knows it controls its own fate in the race to the La Liga title. Though the team entered the weekend behind Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the standings, Barca has played fewer matches than the fellow frontrunners and is scheduled to face Atletico in a high-stake contest May 8.

The margin for error is small, but if Barcelona wins each of its final seven matches this season, it’ll claim the La Liga title. So the pressure is on as Messi’s team enters a contest Sunday against seventh-place Villarreal.

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– April 25, 2021
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