Barcelona happy with Messi, Villa double act

Villa was particularly bright as he started for the fourth consecutive game for the first time since breaking his tibia 15 months ago and he opened the scoring after Messi had unlocked the Rayo defence on 25 minutes.

updated: March 18, 2013 10:44 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura was delighted at the understanding shown between Lionel Messi and David Villa as they combined for all of Barca's goals in the 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

There had been suggestions in the past that the two didn't get on, but Roura laughed off those claims and hailed the connection they have on and off the field.

"This is something I have heard many times and it has always seemed absurd to me," he told reporters.

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