Barcelona players celebrating a goal

Barcelona returned to the summit of La Liga on Sunday with a 2-0 win over Villarreal thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Alena.

However, Sevilla will reclaim top spot if they beat Alaves in Sunday’s late game.

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Barca, who had taken just one point from their previous two league games – were far from their best against their lowly opponents and were indebted to Pique’s second league goal of the season for a 36th-minute lead.

Ernesto Valverde’s were boring in the second half, but did score a second three minutes from time as substitute Alena latched onto Lionel Messi’s pass to clip over Sergio Asenjo for his first LaLiga goal.