Apr 27, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Estadio El Madrigal
Villarreal
2-3
Barcelona
Cani (45'), Trigueros (55')
Gaspar (56'), Trigueros (90'), Cani (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Paulista (65' og.), Musacchio (79' og.), Messi (83')
Sanchez (50'), Busquets (85'), Alves (90')

Result: Barcelona come from behind to beat Villarreal

Result: Barca come from behind to win
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Barcelona are forced to come from two goals down and are aided by two own goals as they keep their title hopes alive with a dramatic 3-2 win over Villarreal.

Barcelona were forced to come from two goals down to keep their title hopes alive with a 3-2 win over Villarreal this evening.

The visitors were the first to threaten the opposition goal, doing so in the 19th minute when Lionel Messi weaved his way into the box before forcing a good low stop from Sergio Asenjo.

Bruno flashed an effort wide at the other end moments later, while Jonathan Pereira also squandered a good chance for the hosts when his shot deflected off Giovani dos Santos and over the bar.

Giovani was unable to get a touch on an inviting cross on the half-hour mark, while the hosts threatened again shortly before the break when Pereira's dangerous delivery ran through untouched.

Villarreal should have opened the scoring in the 45th minute when Giovani rolled the ball across for Javier Aquino, but the Mexican didn't put enough on his shot with an open goal to aim at, allowing Marc Bartra to get back and make the clearance.

They wouldn't have to wait much longer for the first goal, however, getting it in stoppage time of the first half as Cani raced on to Pereira's through-ball before slotting it into the bottom corner.

Messi attempted to inspire an equaliser for his side when he went on a mazy dribble before curling an effort towards the corner, but once again Asenjo was there to make the stop.

It was Villarreal who got the second goal as Manuel Trigueros ghosted into the area unmarked to nod past Pinto and double his side's lead.

Barcelona were handed a route back into the match with 25 minutes remaining when Gabriel Paulista inadvertently turned the ball into the back of his own net from a Dani Alves cross.

The visitors' luck was in again 12 minutes from time as Alves caused more problems with a delivery into the box, this time forcing Mateo Musacchio to nod the ball past his own keeper.

Messi came close to adding a third from a free kick in the 82nd minute, but he wouldn't have to wait long to complete the turnaround as he fired an effort into the bottom corner moments later after good work from Sergio Busquets.

That proved to be enough for Barcelona as they held out for three vital points that lift them back into second in the table.

Cani of Villarreal reacts as he fails to score during the La Liga match between Elche CF and Villarreal CF at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on November 4, 2013
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