FC Barcelona scored an important victory in the race for the Spanish championship. The team of coach Ronald Koeman prevailed 2: 1 (2: 1) at Villarreal.
Barca drew level with Real Madrid on points and temporarily moved up to within two points of Atletico Madrid (73 points), the front runner will be visiting Athletic Bilbao in the evening (9:00 p.m.).
The French world champion Antoine Griezmann provided a brace to equalize (28th) and a little later to lead the guests (35th). Samu Chukwueze (26th) had put Villarreal in the lead. Manu Trigueros saw the red card after a foul on Barca star Lionel Messi (65th).