Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward injured on his first start of season in Villarreal win
24th September 2019

Lionel Messi suffered an injury on his first start of the season in Barcelona’s narrow win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp.

Messi, who had recovered from a calf injury to feature, was replaced at the start of the second half after suffering a thigh problem.

The Argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0.

Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back.

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After the game, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde described Messi’s injury as a “small problem in the adductor”.

“When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well,” he said.

“As a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is.”

Although far from their fluent best, Barcelona climbed four places up the table to fourth in La Liga to help ease the pressure on Valverde after a poor start to the season.

After his injury, the Barca captain received treatment on the edge of the pitch before carrying on until half-time.

The forward was replaced by French striker Ousmane Dembele at the start of the second half.

Elsewhere, newly promoted Granada went top of La Liga – level on points with Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid – after drawing 1-1 at Real Valladolid.

Real Madrid entertain Osasuna on Wednesday (20:00 BST) while Bilbao are at bottom club Leganes (18:00 BST).

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Substitutes

Villarreal

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Barcelona 2, Villarreal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barcelona 2, Villarreal 1.

Attempt missed. Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Offside, Villarreal. Xavi Quintillá tries a through ball, but Carlos Bacca is caught offside.

Booking

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Anssumane Fati (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Villarreal).

Offside, Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Ousmane Dembélé is caught offside.

Booking

Júnior Firpo (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Raúl Albiol (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Raúl Albiol (Villarreal).

Attempt missed. Anssumane Fati (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carlos Bacca (Villarreal).

Offside, Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Anssumane Fati is caught offside.

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Anssumane Fati replaces Luis Suárez.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Carlos Bacca replaces Santi Cazorla.

Offside, Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong tries a through ball, but Ousmane Dembélé is caught offside.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Xavi Quintillá.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Xavi Quintillá.

Booking

André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Villarreal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Moi Gómez (Villarreal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Moi Gómez replaces Gerard Moreno.

Corner, Villarreal. Conceded by Nélson Semedo.

Attempt blocked. Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gerard Moreno.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Santi Cazorla.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Frenkie de Jong replaces Sergi Roberto.

Foul by Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona).

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Vicente Iborra (Villarreal).

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Villarreal).

Substitution

Substitution, Villarreal. Karl Toko Ekambi replaces Javier Ontiveros.

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