Barcelona 3-5 Villarreal: Barcelona woeful performance continues as they collapsed defensively against the Yellow Submarine at die minutes

Barcelona was once again undone by a terrible defensive performance, with the Blaugrana surrendering twice in second-half stoppage time to cap off a chaotic encounter in which they lost 5-3 at home.

Xavi’s team led 3-2 after 83 minutes, but a defensive collapse saw them surrender three goals in 15 minutes, putting them out of contention for the Liga championship.

Gerard Moreno opened the score, sprinting into the box to meet Alexander Sorloth’s driven cross, which he slammed into the bottom corner. Following the break, the Blaugrana’s situation deteriorated. Joao Cancelo, playing his first game in three weeks, made a critical error.

The Portuguese, who are normally so composed in possession, slid a clearing into the path of Ilias Akhomach, who turned Inaki Pena and scored for a 2-0 advantage.

Barcelona fought back into the game, with Ilkay Gundogan providing the catalyst, firing a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from beyond the box an hour later.

Eight minutes later, Pedri responded with an attempt of his own, slamming home from close range following a nice deflection. The third followed quickly after, with Eric Bailly putting the ball into his own net following Gundogan’s enticing free kick.

Then followed the fall. Loanee Goncalo Guedes scored the first, hitting a wonderful low finish past a leaping Pena, before Sorloth and Jose Morales scored the fourth and fifth late on as they walked through Barcelona’s lacklustre defence to cap a spectacular comeback that might see Xavi ousted from his position.


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