Neymar brace helps Barcelona defeat Villareal

After a cagey opening half, Barcelona put three goals past Villareal in Sunday's La Liga action to secure a 3-0 victory.

The Catalan Giants were under pressure in the opening stanza, as the visitors created more opportunities and nearly took the lead in the 45th minute via Samu Castillego, but his weak shot was gobbled up by Claudio Bravo.

Neymar would open the scoring in the 60th minute for Barcelona after an excellent through-ball from Sergio Busquets.

Luis Suarez doubled the lead with a well taken penalty after a foul in the box by defender Alphonse Areola. The Uruguayan would then set up fellow striker Neymar in the 85th minute. The Brazilian maestro latched onto Suarez's ball and showed incredible skill to produce a sublime touch to flip the ball over a defender before spinning and driving the ball into the back of the net.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao hosted Espanyol at Estadio San Mames, where they claimed a 2-1 victory.

The hosts grabbed an early lead via the boot of Inaki Williams who was set up superbly by Oscar de Marcos. The defender pounced on the loose ball and chipped it forward for Williams, who showed great composure to control the ball with his first touch before crashing into the back of the net with his second.

Espanyol would level matters in the 51st minute when Hernan Perez latched onto the end of a delightful cross by Victor Sanchez. 

Raul Garcia scored the winner for the home side, heading the ball into the corner with Markel Susaeta getting the assist.

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