Barcelona won 3-1 over league opponent Villarreal in front of 19,050 attendees at “Estadio de la Ceramica” stadium.

Frankie DeJong scored the opener and Chunkwueze equalized for the home side.

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Barca remains seventh after winning back-to-back league games for the first time this campaign under new coach Xavi Hernandes, but they are now within three points of the Champions League places in LaLiga. Unai Emery’s Villarreal stays 12th.

They’re three huge points but it was a really difficult game,” Xavi said after the match. “We didn’t dominate as we expected. We have to control the ball better. We have to improve. We were lucky. Villarreal didn’t deserve to lose.

“The officials have influenced the result,” Villarreal coach Emery complained after the game. “Someone will have to give us an explanation because the sensation is that Villarreal is not being shown any respect.

Barca plays Real Betis at Camp Nou on Saturday 4th December, kicks off at 19:45.