Barcelona’s constant attacks were shut down by Villarreal as Luis Enrique’s men looked set to lose the game and lose more ground in the title race. Lionel Messi had other ideas, however, and scored a brilliant free-kick in the 89th minute to rescue a point for the Catalans.

Nevertheless, it was still a disappointing result for Barcelona who are now 3rd in the table, with Real Madrid 5 points ahead of them with a game in hand. For all Barcelona’s attacking brilliance, they just could not find a way past Fran Escriba’s defence until Messi rifled his free-kick home.

There was understandable praise for Messi after his free-kick :

Luis Enrique came in for some heavy criticism, however, as Barcelona faltered yet again. Enrique has been a success at Barcelona but this season has been a different story. Many are confused as to how Enrique is having a tough time, given the talent at his disposal :

The inevitable comparisons with Real Madrid came out as well, especially since Zinedine Zidane’s team have yet to lose a game in the La Liga this season. Madrid have a game in hand over Barcelona and a mixture of good luck and smart performances have made them look unstoppable this season  :

There was plenty of moaning and laughter about the referee’s performance as well :