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Barca outclass Villarreal after recent disappointments

Monday, 2020-07-06 09:21:05
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Villarreal v FC Barcelona - Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, Spain - July 5, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi shoots at goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. (Reuters)
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Barcelona responded to a trying week by thrashing Villarreal 4-1 away to stay alive in the Liga title race, producing one of their best displays under coach Quique Setien.

* Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that captain Lionel Messi will end his career at the Catalan club, dismissing a report saying the Argentine no longer wishes to renew his current contract when it expires next year.

* Bottom-placed Espanyol were left on the brink of being relegated from La Liga for the first time in 27 years after they were beaten 1-0 at home by fellow strugglers Leganes on Sunday.

* Sergio Ramos scored his 22nd consecutive penalty on Sunday as Real Madrid held on for another 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to inch closer to winning La Liga.

* Che Adams scored his first goal for Southampton, a year after joining the club, with a stunning long-range strike as they beat Manchester City 1-0 to condemn Pep Guardiola's side to a third successive away loss in the Premier League.

* Champions Liverpool made it 17 wins out of 17 at Anfield with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

* West Bromwich Albion beat Hull City 4-2 in a thrilling encounter in the second-tier Championship at the Hawthorns on Sunday to close the gap on league leaders Leeds United to a point.

* Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with West Ham United on Sunday, robbing the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.

* John Egan grabbed an 80th-minute equaliser as Sheffield United earned a 1-1 draw at Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday (Jul 5) after James Tarkowski had given the home side a first-half lead.

* Bologna's Gambian duo Musa Juwara and Musa Barrow scored in the last 20 minutes as the 10-man visitors hit back for an unlikely 2-1 win at third-placed Inter Milan who missed a penalty when leading with an extra man in Serie A on Sunday.

* La Liga strugglers Alaves have sacked manager Asier Garitano after he oversaw five defeats in a row to leave the club six points above the relegation zone.

* Valtteri Bottas stayed calm in a stormy race on Sunday (Jul 5) to claim a measured victory for Mercedes as Formula One returned with a bang in a belated, dramatic and incident-strewn 2020 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

* Xavi Hernandez has renewed his managerial contract with Qatari side Al-Sadd for the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Sunday amid speculation he could return to his former club Barcelona.

Reuters, CNA