Dec 14, 2013 at 7pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
2-1
Villarreal
Neymar (30' pen., 68')
Neymar (85')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Musacchio (48')
Trigueros (38')

Gerardo Martino: 'Barcelona will always miss Lionel Messi'

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona takes to the field for the La Liga match between Real Betis and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 10, 2013
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Gerardo Martino admits that Barcelona will always miss a player of Lionel Messi's ability.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has admitted that the Catalan giants will always miss a player of Lionel Messi's calibre in light of their 2-1 victory over Villarreal.

The Blaugrana narrowly edged out the Yellow Submarine at Camp Nou on Saturday, with Brazil forward Neymar continuing to shine in the Argentine striker's absence by scoring a brace to bring his haul to five goals in two games following his hat-trick against Celtic on Wednesday.

"Losing or winning, we always miss Messi. He's the best player in the world. With him, we would have played even better today," Martino told reporters after the match.

The 26-year-old Messi is not expected to return from injury until early 2014.

Neymar of FC Barcelona scores the opening goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou on December 14, 2013
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