VideosThanks in part to goals from Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay, FC Barcelona has taken three points on a visit to Villarreal: 1-3. It was the second league win in a row for Barca under new coach Xavi. Philippe Coutinho made the third goal on behalf of the visitors.
Three Dutchmen were in the starting lineup: Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay at Barça and Arnaut Danjuma at Villarreal. Luuk de Jong was missing and was not on the bench either.
Orange international Danjuma played a leading role in the first half. The Villarreal attacker had three chances, but he was unable to pass goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen.
FC Barcelona was accurate in the initial phase of the second half. Frenkie de Jong tapped the ball in from close by after a hard cross from the left. The referee rejected the goal because Depay would have been offside in a duel with the goalkeeper. The VAR ruled that was not the case.
Watch the 0-1 of Frenkie de Jong here:
Villarreal insisted and the deserved equalizer came in the 76th minute. The Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze shot the ball well, given by Groeneveld.
Barcelona still won the game. After a long kick, Memphis intercepted the ball. The former PSV player rounded the keeper and remained calm shortly before the goal: 1-2. Deep into injury time, Philippe Coutinho converted another penalty for Barcelona, who are now seventh with 23 points.
Xavi had started his adventure at Barca last week with a small win over Espanyol (1-0), followed by a goalless draw in the Champions League against Benfica.
Watch Samuel Chukwueze’s 1-1 here:
Watch Philippe Coutinho’s 1-3 here:
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Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay help Barça to win at Villarreal | Sport
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