Villarreal snatch Europa Conference League berth with key win at Barcelona


Villarreal sealed a place on the final day of the 2022/23 Europa Conference League after claiming a 2-0 win at Barcelona.

Unai Emery’s side secured their first league victory at Camp Nou since 2008, to edge past Athletic Club in the hunt for 7th place, and the last remaining European spot in La Liga this season.

Xavi’s hosts created the better chances early on in Catalonia, but it was Villarreal who found the vital breakthrough just before the break as Alfonso Pedraza tapped in Dani Parejo’s pass.

That goal changed the momentum after the break, with Villarreal posing a constant threat on the counterattack, as Moi Gomez pounced on Adama Traore’s error to score a second goal on the night.

Despite the result, Barcelona still end the campaign in second place, with a Champions League spot secured ahead of the final day of 2021/22.

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