Lionel Messi saved a point for Barcelona with a late free-kick in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal on Sunday, although the Catalans’ failing to win dealt their quest of LaLiga leaders Madrid in an additional impact.
Barca obtained 2017 off to a shedding begin many thanks to a 2-1 Copa del Rey loss to Athletic Bilbao as well as they were not able to chalk up their initial win of the year at the relabelled Estadio de la Ceramica.
In spite of controling belongings in the opening duration, Barca got to half-time with the scoreline goalless for the 5th time in 6 organization suits.
As well as Nicola Sansone racked up the video game’s opening objective after 49 mins, covering a quick Villarreal counter-attack.
A triad of fine charms– 2 for Barca as well as one for Villarreal– were neglected prior to a free-kick on the side of package unlocked for Messi to nab a share of the spoils.
As well as the Argentina global, that had earlier struck the blog post, wrong-footed goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo as he terminated right into the leading left-hand edge.
Villarreal’s Jaume Costa was dispatched in blockage time momentarily yellow card as their hopes of getting in the Champions Organization certification areas were ambuscaded.
The outcome leaves third-placed Barcelona 5 factors adrift of Madrid, that have a video game in hand.