Gerard Pique’s goal set Barcelona on their way
Barcelona returned to the top of La Liga with a comfortable 2-0 victory against
Villarreal at the Nou Camp.
A first-half header from Gerard Pique and a late goal from youngster Carles Alena, who came on as a substitute, saw Ernesto Valverde’s side return to winning ways domestically after defeat to Real Betis and a draw with Atletico Madrid.
Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic threatened for Barcelona but it was Villarreal who came closest to taking an early lead when hesitation between Clement Lenglet and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen allowed Gerard Moreno to get in behind and his shot struck a post.