A first-half header from Gerard Pique and a late Carles Alena goal sealed Barcelona 2-0 victory over Villarreal on Sunday evening at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona were dominating possession as usual, but the chances didn’t start manifesting themselves until after the half-hour mark. Pique then managed to settle the nerves as he beat Villarreal defender Victor Ruiz and banged in a cross from Dembele to make it 1-0 to Barcelona.
Messi played a perfectly weighted pass into the streaking Alena, who finished with aplomb past Villarreal stopper Asenjo to cap the 2-0 scoreline.
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