Villarreal victory drought goes on after draw at Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal remained winless in 10 consecutive Spanish league matches after a 0-0 draw at 14th-place Valladolid on Friday.
The visitors, who are used to finishing much higher in the standings, stayed second from bottom with three victories from 23 games.
It was Villarreal's second straight draw since re-hiring coach Javi Calleja in place of Luis Garcia Plaza, less than two months after he was fired.
Homegrown talents make most of chances at Barcelona, Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — In the star-packed squads of Barcelona and Real Madrid, it's tough for talented youngsters to emerge from obscurity.
Barcelona's Carles Alena and Madrid's Marcos Llorente made the most of their chances to shine on the weekend in the Spanish league, as both midfielders impressed in victories for their injury-hit teams.
Barcelona retakes lead of Spanish league after Sevilla slips
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona retook the lead of the Spanish league on Sunday after beating Villarreal 2-0 while Sevilla was held to a draw at Alaves.
Barcelona's first win in three rounds left it one point above second-placed Sevilla, which rallied to a 1-1 draw at fourth-placed Alaves.
Injury-depleted Barcelona got goals from Gerard Pique and rarely used reserve player Carles Alena in each half at Camp Nou.
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal followed its surprise loss to last-place Malaga by falling at home to Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Monday, dropping to sixth place in the Spanish league.
The new setback leaves Villarreal in danger of missing out on a Europa League spot next season, as only the teams in fifth, sixth, and seventh places qualify.
It was the first win in four matches in all competitions for Athletic, which stayed 12th in the league.
Sevilla loses ground after home draw with Villarreal
MADRID (AP) — A wasted penalty. A goal disallowed for offside. An inspired goalkeeper.
It all led to another disappointing setback for Sevilla, which was held by Villarreal to a 0-0 draw at home on Sunday and missed a chance to move closer to the Spanish league lead.
Lionel Messi saves Barcelona from 2nd straight loss
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi saved Barcelona from its second straight defeat by scoring with a 90th-minute free kick in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Three days after losing 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao in a first-leg match in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona failed to break through until Messi produced his superb strike from the edge of the area.