Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Barcelona extend LaLiga lead to 11 points

Barcelona keeps on winning at the top of the Spanish league and moving further away from Real Madrid.
Barcelona beat Villarreal 1-0 on the road on Sunday to extend its winning streak to 11 matches in all competitions and its lead over second-place Madrid to 11 points.
Madrid, which won the Club World Cup on Saturday, has played a game less than Barcelona.
“There is nothing decided yet, there is still a lot of league left,” Barcelona coach Xavi said. “But we are happy because we are on a great run, doing things well.”
It was the 16th clean sheet for Barcelona in 21 league matches this season.
Pedri scored in the 18th minute for Barcelona, whose 1-1 draw against Espanyol in the league on Dec. 31 was the last time it failed to win. The 11-game streak has included beating Real Betis on penalties in the Spanish Super Cup and an extra-time victory in the Copa del Rey against Intercity.
It was the third straight loss for eighth-place Villarreal, which has only one win in its last six matches in all competitions. Its previous defeat was at last-place Elche, which had been winless in the league.
Villarreal started the game without injured striker Gerard Moreno, and it lost midfielder Francis Coquelin with a knee injury in the first half. The Frenchman had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.
Defender Marcos Alonso started on the bench a few days after the death of his father, former Barcelona player Marcos Alonso.
Barcelona next hosts Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday.


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