Barcelona reinforces its leadership with victory in Villarreal

Barcelona reinforces its leadership with victory in Villarreal

February 12, 2023, 18:21 PM

February 12, 2023, 18:21 PM

FC Barcelona won 1-0 in the Villarreal field (8th), this Sunday in the 21st day of LaLigaand provisionally increases their lead over Real Madrid (2nd, 45 points), which hosts Elche on Wednesday, to eleven points.

The Catalans scored the only goal of the match in the 18th minuteafter a good collective move that ended with a one-two between Robert Lewandowski and Pedri.

After the Canarian player’s goal, Barcelona controlled the game for the rest of the game, without going through excessive difficulties.

For their part, Atlético de Madrid prevailed by the minimum (1-0) with a goal from Memphis Depay (89) on the field of Celta de Vigo (14th) and settled in fourth position.

Pressured by the victories the day before by Real Betis (5th) and Athletic Club (7th), the ‘colchoneros’ continue in Champions positionsone point behind Real Sociedad (3rd), who will face Espanyol in Barcelona on Monday.

The team led by Diego Simeone failed to create danger for an hourand even spent the final stretch of the game defending once he was left with ten men due to the expulsion of the center-back Stefan Savic (73), but one minute from regulation time the goal of the Dutchman Depay at the turn inside the area gave the three points to the people of Madrid against a Celta that came from two consecutive victories.

Atlético, already eliminated from all European competition and the Copa del Rey, now only has the consolation of LaLiga… in which 18 points separate him from Barça and seven from Real Madrid, this one with one game less. Thus, qualifying for the next Champions League seems the most realistic goal for the remainder of the season.

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