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La Liga: Barcelona snatch three points in a hard-earned victory over Villarreal

Barcelona pulled back two late goals to grab all three points from a rather resolute Villarreal in La Liga as the new manager, Xavi, continued his unbeaten start to his term at the Nou Camp.

Frenkie De Jong put Barce in front a few minutes after the break, but Samuel Chukwueze equalized for Villarreal in the 76th minute.

A draw would have been befitting, but Memphis Depay, took advantage of a defensive blunder to put the visitors back in front in the 88th minute.

And just in the nick of injury time, Substitute, Philippe Coutinho, made no mistakes from the spot to make it three goals and three points for Xavi’s men. 

 The victory, Barcelona’s first away win of the season, leaving them in seventh on the log, but they are now only three points from the Champions League places and seven off leaders Real Madrid.

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