Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were all on target to lead FC Barcelona to a 4-1 win over Villarreal at the Camp Nou on Saturday evening. The Blaugrana rode their luck a little in the first half but went in at the break 2-1 ahead after goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi, with Cedric Bakambu responding for the visitors.

Also, the Catalan giants dominated the possession in the opening 15 minutes of the first half but were unable to carve out chances. However, the second half saw an improved performance from the hosts, and a Luis Suarez strike preceded a Messi penalty as they eased to victory.

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In a different match, James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata both bagged braces as Real Madrid thumped Granada 4-0 without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. For Zinedine Zidane there was satisfaction. He made nine changes to the side that defeated Atlético Madrid and, yet again, his “B team” responded.

All the four goals came into the first half of the match as Real shifted down the gears for the second half and could not build on their lead despite creating a number of chances. They remain level with Barcelona but a game in hand means two wins and a draw, against Sevilla at home and Celta Vigo and Málaga away, would be enough for them to win the league.