Neymar and Rafinha were two of the keys to victory against Villarreal. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

  • From the very first minute: Luis Enrique's team set the pace of the game from the get go. Barça had control of the ball while Jordi Alba, Rafinha, Iniesta, Messi, Neymar and Suarez threatened constantly. Despite the first goal from Cheryshev, Barça kept fighting and showed perseverance, which led to Neymar's goal just before the half.

  • Neymar: The Brazilian is on fire. His goal on a rebound from Asenjo was his 15th goal in the league and his 22nd overall of the season. In the second half Neymar was a constant headache for the Villarreal defence.

  • Double-comeback: The team showed its resilience by overcoming two one-goal deficits to Villarreal, who had been unbeaten in their last 18 games and looked pretty good, leading twice on the scoreboard and creating constant danger. The Spanish Cup semi-finals will be tough.

  • Rafinha: The youngster started in place of Rakitic and played a complete game while frequently contributing in the attacking game. He got his first goal in the league, which tied the game at two. Rafinha followed the play to the front of the goal where he finished, showcasing his ambition and offensive spirit.

  • Messi: Need we say more? Messi was huge again with a key goal that made it 3-2. But apart the goal, Messi led the team when they were down. In the second half, Leo frequently dropped back into midfield to help out in building the attack.


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