Press reports revealed the secret of the quarrel between Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez with Villarreal coach Unai Emery after the end of yesterday’s match, which Barca won 3-1, and was held at the “La Ceramica” stadium, as part of the fifteenth round of the Spanish League competition. For the current season 2021-2022.
And the Spanish newspaper “Sport” confirmed that the technical staff and the benches of Villarreal blamed Xavi for some actions and some arbitral decisions, most notably the Pique shot and the referee’s refusal to award a clear penalty to Villarreal after the defender touched the ball with his hand inside the penalty area.
The newspaper added that Xavi endured a major attack from one of Villarreal’s coach Unai Emery, but he showed his personality and did not remain silent and also defended himself and his team.
The newspaper pointed out that the altercation continued inside the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms due to the heated atmosphere in the match yesterday.
Xavi explained that the argument between him and some members of the technical staff of Villarreal was due to tension, which is a normal thing that happens in most matches, stressing that he shook hands with them in the end.
The match witnessed tension in the last minutes of the match with Barcelona’s success in achieving a fatal victory in the last minutes, while Villarreal objected to the match referee.
A negative tie dominated the events of the first half of the match, which saw many chances missed by the two teams, the most prominent of which was the Dutch star Memphis Depay, the Barcelona star.
In the second half, Dutchman Frankie de Jong scored Barca’s first goal in the 48th minute, but the referee canceled the goal, before the video technology “VAR” decided the legitimacy of the goal.
Nigeria’s Samo Shukwezi scored the equalizer for the Yellow Submarine team in the 76th minute, with a shot that was left to Ter Stegen, Barcelona goalkeeper.
Memphis Depay scored Barcelona’s second goal in the 88th minute, after a great individual effort.
The Brazilian Philippe Coutinho concluded the Barcelona hat-trick in the fourth minute of the match instead of wasting the match through a penalty kick.
Barcelona raised its score to 23 points to occupy seventh place in the La Liga standings, while Villarreal’s balance stopped at 16 points in second place, and Real Madrid leads with 30 points.
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