This shows this team is prepared for any adverse situation, as it did the other day in the Vicente Calderón [against Athletico Madrid] and now today against a great Villarreal sidesaid Enrique on Barcelona's recent good form. This is the eight consecutive win for Barcelona and they have now set their eyes firmly on Real Madrid at top. Meanwhile, Real Madrid which has played one game less than Barcelona, thrashed David Moyes' Real Sociedad 4-1, with Benzema scoring twice and taking charge in the absence of Star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who was banned for kicking Cordoba defenders in Madrid's previous game.
Barcelona closed the gap on La Liga leaders, Real Madrid with a convincing 3-2 win over Villarreal at Camp Nou. The Catalans came back from one goal deficit twice to win the game. Eventually, it was the "Golden Boy" Messi who came up with the winner, to guide the home team to victory. Barca began the game with great energy and in no time Luis Suarez was threatening the Villarreal defense. He had two real opportunities to open the scoring for Barcelona but was kept away by a strong and quick Sergio Asenjo. As Suarez was rueing his missed opportunities, the "Yellow Submarines" struck first with Russian international, Denis Cheryshev deflecting an away-ball from Mario Gaspar past Claudio Bravo into the net. Villarreal had their lead at the half-hour mark. As Villarreal were looking to end the first half with a 1-0 lead, the Catalans struck back with Neymar slotting in the rebound off Asenjo from Rafinha's shot. The home team had equalized exactly at half-time. The second half saw Villarreal pull up their socks and start attacking. Villarreal's go at goal was finally rewarded in the 51st minute when Luciano Vietto netted his 10th goal of the season. But the joy was short lived as Rafinha drove home a rebound off Victor Ruiz from a Messi header, two minutes later. Barcelona forged ahead in the 55th minute when Messi's 20-yard curling shot found the top corner of the net. Barcelona never looked back after their third goal, choking Villarreal's attackers and denying them an equalizer till the final whistle. Barcelona's coach, Luis Enrique was a happy man after the game(probably still drooling over Messi's brilliance), as he addressed the media.