Messi feared injured as Barcelona secure slim win over Villarreal

Barcelona players celebrate goal
Barcelona players celebrate goal

After the shock loss to Granada at the weekend, Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Villarreal in Tuesday’s encounter at Camp Nou.

Antoine Griezmann and Arthur gave the Catalan giants an early two-goal advantage, only for Santi Cazorla’s 25-yard strike to half the deficit before the break.

While Barcelona were able to hold on during the second half, they were dealt a blow as Lionel Messi – making his first start of the season – was substituted midway through the contest after picking up what appeared to be a thigh problem.

Nigerian youngster Samuel Chukwueze was in action at Camp Nou from start to finish but he could not save his team from going down to the defeat.

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