Barcelona are just two matches away from a historic unbeaten La Liga campaign after defeating Villarreal 5-1 at the Camp Nou.
Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Lionel Messi in the first half put Ernesto Valverde’s Spanish champions on course for victory before a late double by Ousmane Dembele added to the visitors’ woes.
The Spanish champions are now two games away from making history by going an entire season unbeaten, with Levante away and Real Sociedad at home standing between them and that feat.
Villarreal, meanwhile, were guaranteed to be in next season’s Europa League ahead of kickoff but missed out on the chance to move above Real Betis into fifth in the La Liga table .
Meanwhile, Sevilla maintained their impressive record against Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan by beating their much-changed opponents 3-2 in Wednesday’s clash.
Los Rojiblancos moved into a Europa League spot thanks to their latest success against Madrid, winning this home fixture for a fifth time in the last six seasons.
Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun put Sevilla into a two-goal lead, before Sergio Ramos missed a penalty and then put the ball into his own net to compound his misery against his former side.
Hope was restored late on as substitute Borja Mayoral found a way through and Ramos had better luck from his second spot-kick, but a below-par Madrid could not fully recover and were defeated away from home in La Liga for just the third time this season.
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