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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')

Result: Barcelona edge past Villarreal

Villarreal put up a good fight but lose 2-1 to Barcelona in La Liga.

A brace from Neymar has given Barcelona a 2-1 victory against Villarreal in La Liga.

The hosts dominated the early stages of the match and at one point had 92% of possession.

Their first chance almost broke the deadlock, but Alexandre Song's shot came back off the inside of the post.

Barca continued to dominate the ball, but Villarreal were holding firm at the back. Neymar tried to cut back inside on his right foot, only to find Mateo Musacchio in his way.

However, the opening goal came shortly after. Mario Gaspar was adjudged to have handled in the box and Neymar slotted the penalty into the bottom corner for 1-0.

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© Getty Images

The home side could have made it two just before half time, but Sergio Asenjo made a good save from Alexis Sanchez's shot.

Musacchio grabbed an equaliser for the away side three minutes into the second half. Trigueros sent in a corner and the defender thumped in his header.

Giovani dos Santos then beat two defenders before firing just wide of the post, but they had Asenjo to thank for keeping the scores level as the goalkeeper rushed out to save Cesc Fabregas's shot.

However, Neymar slotted in from close range with 68 minutes gone for his and Barca's second of the night.

The striker almost had his hat-trick a few minutes later, driving past two defenders before hitting a low shot which Asenjo had to tip away.

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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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