Villarreal 1–4 Barça Women: Deserved win – FC Barcelona

Barça overcame a combative Villarreal side to record a second win of the season in the league thanks to a 4-1 victory away from home. 

The blaugranes came out in the first half in intense fashion but Villarreal’s defensive tactics kept them at bay initially. However, in the 26th minute a tremendous free kick from Mapi León handed the visitors the lead. 1-0 up, Barça had chances to extend their lead but Geyse and the Patri Guijarro were both denied by saves from keeper Del Toro. 

The second half started with the balugranes just a goal ahead but after just two minutes Oshoala added a second for Jonatan Giráldez’s team. The Nigerian latched on to Mariona’s pass and lifted the ball nicely over keeper Del Toro. 

Villarreal, however, came back at Barça and Rocío García made it 2-1 on 56 minutes with a cool finish. The blaugranes were not put off and continued to create chances, one of which was taken by Claudia Pina to make it 3-1 on 75 minutes.

The home side’s misery was added to when Lara Mata turned the ball past her own goalkeeper following a María Léon corner to make the final score 4-1 to Barça. 

MATCH STATS 

Villarreal, 1

Barça, 4

Villarreal: Elena del Toro; Nerea Pérez, Lara Mata, Cristina Cubedo, Giménez; Ainoa Campo (Bicho min 79), Soldevila, Cienfuegos (Llompart Pons min 55); Guijarro (Estefa min 66), Belén Martínez (Kanteh min 46) and Rocío Garcia

Barça: Sandra Paños; Marta Torrejón, Irene Paredes (Codina min 82), María León, Rolfo (Rábano min 73); Engen (Walsh min 66), Guijarro, Caldentey; Hansen, Oshoala (Claudia Pina min 66) and Geyse (Crnogorcevic min 82).

Goals: 0-1, María León (min 26); 0-2, Oshoala (min 47); 1-2, Rocío García (min 56); 1-3, Claudia Pina (min 74); 1-4, Lara Mata o.g. (min 84).

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