In 2010, Barcelona shook off their midweek Champions League semi-final exit with a comfortable 4-1 win at Villarreal. A great performance by Xavi and a double from Messi ensured the Blaugranes remained in the driver’s seat in La Liga’s title race. And despite having to endure a nervous opening against Villarreal where they could have gone two goals down, Pep Guardiola’s troops sauntered to a comfortable win thanks to first half gems from Lionel Messi, Xavi and Bojan Krkic, before the Argentine struck again late in the game after the hosts had pulled one back through Joseba Llorente.
Messi's debut for Barcelona in Messi's words
On November 16, 2003, was supposed to be the date that inaugurated Porto's new Estadio Do Dragao, an even greater historic moment occurred as Lionel Messi made his debut with the first team of Barcelona. Messi was 16 years old and was playing in Barcelona's under-18 first team. ...read more
Emery on Liverpool’s progress since he last beat them and Villarreal’s hopes
Unai Emery spoke about how much Liverpool has improved since he last beat them in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League Final when he was at Sevilla. The Villarreal coach also said they will try to do something different to have options in the second leg after having lost 2-0 at Anfield ...read more
Klopp leads celebrations after beating Villarreal in 2016
Check out the moment Liverpool beat Villarreal in the Europa League semi-finals in 2016. Jürgen Klopp leads the celebrations in front of the Anfield Kop ...read more