The brutal kick that Lionel Messi received and generated great concern in Barcelona's triumph against Villarreal
The Argentine star suffered a harsh infraction that caused the expulsion of Manu Trigueros.
Carlos del Cerro Grande's chronometer marked 62 minutes and the scene paralyzed the planet. The shocking kick that Lionel Messi suffered suggested the worst. The fear of a severe injury caused great concern.
The referee did not hesitate: direct red for Manu Trigueros. The Villarreal man observed the red cardboard after hitting a violent kick on the ankle of the Rosario star. Fortunately for lovers of good football, La Pulga was able to continue the commitment and (in principle) the possibility of injury was ruled out.
By then, the match was already in favor of Barcelona , thanks to the two goals from Antoinne Griezmann. The French figure was the best of the match played at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
The double of the French forward (min. 27 and 35) cleared the doubts that arose after half an hour with the goal of the Nigerian Samu Chukwueze . With Sergiño Dest and Jordi Alba influencing the wings and looking for the back of the centrals with De Jong and Griezmann, Ronald Koeman found a way to hurt the Yellow Submarine and stay alive in the fight for the title.
They tie with 71 points with Real Madrid -which has one more game- and are two behind an Atlético that visits Nuevo San Mamés this Sunday.
With the white stumble against Betis (0-0), the Catalans showed their intentions with two dangerous arrivals in the initial section, both in response to two unfortunate actions by Gerard Moreno .
However, it was Chukwueze who managed to open the scoring before half an hour in a wonderful play in which Pau Torres took the player ball almost from his area; The Nigerian received space, got rid of Jordi Alba and left Ter Stegen sitting to make it 1-0 (min.27).
Culé's reaction was immediate; two minutes after the blow, Mingueza filtered a great pass so that Griezmann equalized the contest by stinging the ball before Asenjo left . And a few minutes later an error by Foyth completed the combo for the French star to close the 2 to 1.
Despite the superiority, the uncertainty remained in La Cerámica . De Jong wasted a magnificent opportunity to sentence in a heads-up against the goalkeeper. Still, his shot did not have the desired destination. Solvents behind, the culés managed to disrupt all the local arrivals to defend the three points and continue in the fight for the title.