Soccer: Ramirez strikes late to seal Barcelona win
Substitute Sandro Ramirez slotted home eight minutes from time to continue Luis Enrique’s winning start at Barcelona, with a 1-0 La Liga victory over Villarreal on Sunday.
Barca had been frustrated by a Villarreal side who defended well.
But thanks to the introduction of fit-again forward Neymar in the final half-hour, they gained an extra attacking edge.
It was Lionel Messi, though, who opened up the Villarreal rear-guard with a cross along the goal-line. Ramirez turned it in to lift Barca to six points from their opening two games.
Real Madrid, without the rested Cristiano Ronaldo, take on Real Sociedad in San Sebastian later on Sunday.
Champions Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 2-1 on Saturday. - Reuters