Injury time equalizer delays league title for Barça

May 11, 2009

Villrreal’s last minute equalizer showed FC Barcelona out how painful injury time can be, the first match after their own injury time equalizer against Chelsea.

Barcelona was certainly in a party mood last night, with the stadium full and crowds gathered in Plaça Catalunya to celebrate the hoped for league title. However, with Real Madrid losing on Saturday and one point from last night’s draw, Barcelona need just one more point to be crowned champions, which they are almost certain to do.

Villarreal were always going to be the toughest of the remaining matches, and despite Barça taking an early lead thanks to a goal by Keita, the visitors played to win. At the break the score was 3-1 to Barça, making it look like the night to celebrate, but Villarreal refused to lie down and let Barcelona walk away with the three points they were after.

At the same time, Barcelona were unable to improve their own score in the second half, but in the 77th minute Abidal was sent off and Mati Fernández scored from the penalty spot. Down to 10 men, it still looked good for Barcelona; however, midway through 4 minutes of injury time the worst thing happened and Llorente equalized for Villarreal.

While it was an obvious disappointment to all, the atmosphere in the stadium and in the city as a whole was excellent. Barcelona play Athletic on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey, and then visit Mallorca next weekend, where the league title will hopefully be decided at last.

1-0 Keita (min 11)
1-1 Llorente (min 22)
2-1 Eto’o (min 35)
3-1 Alves (min 45)
3-2 Mate Fernández (min 77)
3-3 Llorente (min 90)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
35
27
5
3
103
31
86
2
Real Madrid
35
25
3
7
79
44
78
3
Sevilla
35
19
6
10
51
39
63
4
Valencia
35
17
8
10
65
50
59
5
At. Madrid
35
17
7
11
72
56
58
6
Villarreal
35
15
11
9
52
49
56
7
Deportivo
35
16
8
11
46
44
56
8
Malaga
35
15
9
11
53
53
54
9
Almeria
35
13
7
15
45
53
46
10
Mallorca
35
12
9
14
46
55
45
11
Athletic
35
12
8
15
46
55
44
12
Valladolid
35
12
6
17
42
52
42
13
Santander
35
10
9
16
44
45
39
14
Espanyol
35
9
11
15
39
49
38
15
Getafe
35
9
10
16
47
54
37
16
Betis
35
9
10
16
47
56
37
17
Osasuna
35
8
12
15
38
46
36
18
Gijon
35
11
1
23
41
76
34
19
Huelva
35
8
9
18
33
53
33
20
Numancia
35
9
5
21
37
66
32

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