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Villarreal vs. Barcelona: Goals, Highlights from the 2015/16 La Liga Match

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar celebrates a goal during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on March 20, 2016. / AFP / JOSE JORDAN        (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Joe GallagherFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Barcelona travelled to Villarreal on Sunday knowing victory would allow them to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Luis Enrique's men could take a major step toward retaining the league title following Atletico Madrid's loss to Sporting Gijon on Saturday and open up an 11-point gap at the top with eight games to go.

Ivan Rakitic set them on their way with a goal midway through the first half.

Barcelona had the chance to double the lead when Sergio Asenjo was penalised for bringing down Neymar in the penalty area, a decision which was more than a little harsh on the goalkeeper.

The Brazilian composed himself to score from the spot:

Cedric Bakambu pulled one back early in the second half:

And not long after, Villarreal were level thanks to an own goal by Jeremy Mathieu.

And while the hosts couldn't find a winner, they hung on to record a point which moves them six points clear of Sevilla in fourth place.

Barcelona, meanwhile, lead the league by nine points with eight games to go, their unbeaten run intact.

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