In a thrilling La Liga match, Barcelona’s rising starlet, Lamine Yamal, played a standout role in the Spanish champions’ 4-3 victory against Villarreal on Sunday. Making only his second start for the club, the 16-year-old winger’s performance left a lasting impression, including two strikes against the woodwork and an assist for Gavi’s opening goal.
Veteran Polish striker Robert Lewandowski secured the winning goal, his first of the season, capitalizing on a rebound from Yamal’s shot that had hit the post. This victory temporarily propelled Barcelona to third place in the league.
Just moments later, Frenkie de Jong added Barcelona’s second goal, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce that sent the ball his way.
Despite Barcelona missing injured midfielder Pedri and defenders Alejandro Balde and Ronald Araujo, Villarreal quickly mounted a comeback.
Juan Foyth’s powerful header from Alex Baena’s corner marked the first goal Barcelona conceded this season.
The equalizer soon followed, with Sorloth tapping home Pedraza’s cross after an excellent pass from veteran forward Gerard Moreno.
Early in the second half, Villarreal took the lead after an impressive run from Pedraza, who set up Baena for a clinical finish.
Captain Sergi Roberto faced challenges at right-back for Barcelona, but the team is on the verge of securing Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on loan for that position.
Yamal remained a persistent threat to Villarreal’s defense, with one of his fierce strikes striking the crossbar.
Substitute Ferran Torres, continuing his strong pre-season form, leveled the score for Barcelona, and soon after, Lewandowski put the champions ahead.
Yamal played a significant role once again, with his powerful shot tipped onto the post by Villarreal goalkeeper Filip Jorgensen. However, Lewandowski was in the right place at the right time to slot home the rebound.