Barcelona will be hoping that Messi’s withdrawal at fifty percent time is in fact a precautionary evaluate as mentor Ernesto Valverde has explained, but they will be joyful with a 2-1 acquire at residence over Villarreal on the again of Saturday’s shock defeat by Granada.
Messi, played in the second half of the defeat at Granada and was just earning his first start of the time, when he went to the sideline in the very first half to been given prolonged remedy and carried on but was replaced at 50 %-time by Ousmane Dembélé as Valverde, insists it was only a precautionary evaluate.
Newswatch.ng stories that Messi, who was named Fifa’s male participant of the calendar year on Monday was reported by Valverde to have “noticed a small bit of an problem with his adductor and we most popular for him not to stay on the pitch, but it was just a precaution. I don’t feel it is any far more than just a niggle but we’ll have to have to hold out for tomorrow to affirm.”
Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to gain the finest FIFA participant of the year award for a report sixth timeBarcelona scored early, just immediately after 10 minutes as Griezmann flicked the ball with his head at the around-post, from a Messi’s corner to assure the ball went previous the Villarreal goalkeeper, Sergio Asenjo, rattling into the back again of the web.
The second goal arrived in with an not likely system from an unlikely source just five minutes later on as Barcelona’s midfielder Arthur was awarded lots of area by the Villarreal defence and drove a highly effective shot that defeat Asenjo from 25 yards landing in the leading corner.
Cazorla lowered the deficit a minute prior to the break with a fantastic lengthy-array energy of his personal that eluded Marc-André ter Stegen in the Barça purpose.
Teenager Ansu Fati changed Luis Suárez with 12 minutes to go but was presented offside as he concluded off an early opening. Shortly after the 16-12 months-previous fired just broad as Barcelona hunted a third aim.
Gerard Piqué saw his late cost-free-kick from the edge of the spot held out by Asenjo and Griezmann also shot more than the bar late on but Barcelona experienced now done enough to secure the victory.
Valverde extra: “We are enjoying nicely at property but I think with the injuries to Leo every person was stopped in their tracks a tiny little bit. I think we’re really considerably on the appropriate monitor at dwelling, while.”