October 15, 2019, 21:59

Barcelona and Juventus earn narrow 2-1 league victories as Mario Balotelli returns

Barcelona and Juventus earn narrow 2-1 league victories as Mario Balotelli returns

Barcelona bounced back from a shock 2-0 defeat to Granada with a 2-1 home win over Villarreal to move up to fourth in the La Liga table.

Antoine Griezmann and Arthur got the first-half goals at the Nou Camp as Barcelona moved to within a point of top trio Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.

Ernesto Valverde’s side did not have it all their own way as Santi Cazorla pulled a goal back for Villarreal just before half-time.

  • La Liga table
  • Serie A table

But that was as close as the visitors came to registering another shock result against Barcelona with the defeat leaving Villarreal eighth in the table.

Granada still lead La Liga on 11 points, while Barcelona are fourth, but just a point behind on 10.

Juventus came from behind to go top of Serie A with a 2-1 win at Brescia on Tuesday as Mario Balotelli marked his return to Italian football.

Alfredo Donnarumma gave the hosts an early lead at the Stadio Mario Rigamonti but Juve hit back through a Jhon Chancellor own goal and a Miralem Pjanic strike either side of the break.

Balotelli made his debut for his hometown club after completing a four-match suspension that he was handed at Olympique de Marseille last season, while the visitors were without Cristiano Ronaldo as he recovers from injury.

Sourse: skysports.com

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