What The Moment Villarreal Fans Do Standing Ovation For 16 years old Yamal Lamine
The Estadio de la Ceramica was treated to a cracking game as Villarreal and Barcelona served up a feast of goals. Barca looked ascendant after Gavi and Frenkie de Jong gave them a two-goal lead, but Villarreal hit back and it took goals from Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski to rescue the visitors.
Barcelona battled back to beat Villarreal 4-3 at the Estadio de la Ceramica, goals from Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Ferran Torres and Robert Lewandowski giving them a hard-fought win.
The hosts made the better start, but found themselves 2-0 down within 15 minutes. Alexander Sorloth had the ball in the back of the net early on after a killer through-ball from Juan Foyth, but Etienne Capoue was adjudged to have been offside and interfering with play.
Sorloth then forced a fine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen, while Alex Baena also went close. Just as it looked like Barca’s defence might crumble they won a corner and, after the initial delivery was cleared as far as Lamine Yamal, the teenager swung a cross to the far post where Gavi was waiting to head home.
The visitors went 2-0 up three minutes later after a slick passing move ended with Lewandowski drifting wide on the edge of the area before backheeling to De Jong, who burst into the box and thrashed a low shot past Filip Jorgensen. Lewandowski almost made it three soon afterwards, but Matteo Gabbia made a vital block.
Villarreal pulled one back around the 25-minute mark, Foyth rising highest at a corner and heading past a helpless Ter Stegen. They equalised just before half-time, Baena setting off a counter-attack which ended with Alfonso Pedraza teeing up Sorloth to bundle in.
The home side looked to have completed the turnaround five minutes into the second half, Pedraza beating Sergi Roberto out wide, driving infield and then releasing Baena to his left. His team-mate did the rest, curling a shot beyond Ter Stegen and into the far corner.
Just as they did in the first half, however, Barca hit back with two goals in quick succession. Torres, on as a substitute, dragged them level with an improvised finish, before Lewandowski turned in after Yamal had hit the post and sent the ball ricocheting into his path.
🇪🇸 16 years old Lamine Yamal incredible performance against Villarreal:
🎯 1 assist
👟 90% pass accuracy
😳1 chance created
🥶 1 big chance created
🥅 1 woodwork
💨 3/3 successful dribbles
👌🏽 2 passes into final third
💪🏽 3 recoveries
⭐️ 8.4 match rating
What a Talent! pic.twitter.com/8LF6jFQkvO
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