Antoine Griezmann scored a brace when Barcelona came from behind and met Villarreal 2-1 in their La Liga clash at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday.
Real Madrid after dropping points against Real Betis, Barça knew they could level up with their second-place Clasico rivals with a match in hand if they could reach all the points. A win would also push league leaders Atletico Madrid, which will face Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday.
But Barça trailed after 26 minutes after putting in too many men and was caught when Pau Torres’ excellent pass was secured by Samuel Chukwueze. The Nigerian international rounded out goalkeeper Marc-Andre t\Ter Stegen, before closing from a tight corner.
Unai Emery’s side was just two minutes ahead of when Griezmann found the back of the net after being picked by Oscar Mingueza.