Barcelona F.C. beat Villarreal in an emotionally-charged contest

The recent demise of former coach Tito Vilanova had Barcelona F.C. players charged up to register a win to pay respect to him. This despite a string of defeats in the recent past. With three games left, Barcelona F.C. trail Atletico by four points.

updated: April 28, 2014 12:09 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona maintained their slight La Liga title hopes as they came from 2-0 down to beat Villarreal 3-2 on an emotionally-charged night at El Madrigal when players and fans remembered Tito Vilanova.

However, Atletico Madrid remain in the driving seat for their first title in 18 years as they ground out a 1-0 win away to Valencia.

The Catalans paid their respects to former coach Vilanova with a minute's silence before the game, but a miserable week looked set to end with a sixth league defeat of the season as Cani and Manu Trigueros gave Villarreal a commanding lead.

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