Barcelona weren't at their best and Villarreal put up a fight, but Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi sent Barca to victory and a five-point La Liga lead.
Lionel Messi equalled Gerd Muller's record 525 goals with a single club in Europe's top five leagues as Barcelona extended their lead atop La Liga.
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic politely disagreed with Cristiano Ronaldo's assumption that he's the best player in the history of football.
Lionel Messi matched Gerd Muller's long-standing record for scoring the most goals for one club in the top five European leagues on Sunday.
Barcelona seized on the second-half dismissal of Dani Raba to beat Villarreal 2-0 and restore their five-point lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday.
Saul's close-range effort was the difference for Atletico, who needed a Jan Oblak special late to help extend their away game unbeaten streak to 19.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his team's defensive strength and tactical flexibility after they ground out a 1-0 win at Real Betis.
Saul Niguez scored the only goal as Atletico Madrid beat Real Betis 1-0 to keep Diego Simeone's team in the chase for the La Liga title.
Dani Parejo's late penalty gave Valencia a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo to move two points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after Real Madrid won earlier.
Andres Iniesta has failed to recover from a calf injury and will miss Barcelona's trip to Villarreal on Sunday, the club have confirmed.
Thibaut Courtois says he wants to resolve the uncertainty surrounding his future at Chelsea before the end of the season.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane felt his team had played their way back into goal-scoring form after Saturday's 5-0 La Liga stroll past Sevilla.
Ernesto Valverde admits Barcelona have a challenge on their hands convincing Javier Mascherano to stay at the club beyond January.
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann is set to miss Sunday's La Liga trip to Real Betis after suffering a hamstring injury.
Real Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barcelona to five points for 24 hours at least with a 5-0 hammering of Sevilla at the Bernabeu.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde remains well-liked at every club he has ever managed. Except one, that is -- Villarreal, who host Barca on Sunday.
Real Madrid's makeshift defence will have their hands full with the Sevilla attack in a key fixture at the Bernabeu.
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