LIGA - Barcelona notch first away win against Villarreal

27.11.2021 23:50 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
LIGA - Barcelona notch first away win against Villarreal
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Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1 on Saturday in Xavi Hernandez's first away game as manager. Memphis Depay and Philippe Coutinho scored late goals to give Barcelona their first away win in La Liga this season.

Barca had gone five games without a win on the road in the league, but Xavi had the magic touch, as the 41-year-old managed his second win in a row in La Liga, following a goalless draw at home to Benfica in the Champions League midweek.

The score at La Ceramica deflated Barca, who could easily have lost a tense encounter in which Villarreal missed a series of wonderful chances before making a terrible defensive error that allowed Depay to score in the 88th minute.

After Samuel Chukwueze had cancelled out Frenkie de Jong's opening early in the second half, Coutinho added a third from the penalty spot in injury time.