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Rakitic celebrates his goal at El Madrigal / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona took a two-goal lead at El Madrigal on Sunday but were forced to settle for a draw after a spirited Villarreal fight back.

Not only did the result extend Barça’s lead at the top of the table to nine points but also extended the club’s record unbeaten run to 39 matches.

The match through up a number of other interesting stats and facts, outlined below:

Rakitic’s goal means that the Croatian is the team’s fourth highest scorer in the league, surpassed only by the front three. He has five in the league and seven goals in all competitions.


Neymar Jr scored against Villarreal for the eighth time, making the Yellow Submarine his favourite opponent.


The draw brings Barça within four games of the all-time unbeaten record in Europe’s top five leagues. The current record stands at 43 matches set by Juventus in 2011/12.


Thanks to Sporting Gijón’s win over Atletico Madrid, Barça’s draw means that their lead at the top of the table is extended from eight points to nine.

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Mascherano was a rock in the Barça defence. The Argentine stopped a one-on-one against Adrián inside the six-yard box and recovered the most balls throughout the game (8).


Villarreal became the first team to fight back from 2-0 down against Barça since 2010/11. The last team to achieve the same feat was Real Sociedad at Anoeta.


Barça equaled Real Betis’ record for number of penalties in a season from back in 1986/87. Neymar Jr’s spot kick, which he successfully converted, was the team’s 16th in the league this campaign.

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Neymar’s goal takes him to 27 for the season which makes it the first time ever that three Barca players have scored 27 or more in a season.  Suárez has 43, and Messi has 37.

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