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La Liga Sunday wrap: Barca edge Villareal, Aspas saves Sevilla

Lionel Messi, Rafinha, Neymar

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, from Argentina, left, reacts after scoring with his teammates Rafinha, center, and Neymar, from Brazil, right, against Villarreal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


Catch up on all four of Sunday’s La Liga matches, right here.

Barcelona 3-2 Villareal

Barcelona came from behind twice to beat Villareal 3-2 for their eighth straight win. Denis Cheryshev put the visitors ahead in the 30th minute, but Neymar leveled for Barca just before the half. Villareal took the lead again just after the break, only to see Rafinha and Messi tally twice in five minutes to give the edge back to Barcelona. Despite the close scoreline, the home side enjoyed 70 percent of possession and remain one point behind Real Madrid for the top spot in La Liga.

[ RELATED: Saturday’s La Liga and Serie A roundup ]

Sevilla 3-2 Espanyol

Iago Aspas scored in the 89th minute to steal a 3-2 win for Sevilla at home. Espanyol will be disappointed leaving empty-handed after playing with ten-men as goalkeeper Kiko Casillas was sent off for an intentional hand-ball outside of the box late in the first half. But it was Aspas, who is on loan at Sevilla from Liverpool, who saved three points after finding himself some space inside of the box before slotting home the game winner. With the win, Sevilla moves up into fourth place on the table, currently holding that coveted Champions League place.

Levante 0-2 Atheltic Bilbao

A brace from Aritz Aduriz gave Athletic its first league win in over two months against a Levante side that stays glued to the bottom of the table. After a slow first 45, Aduriz put the visitors ahead just three minutes into the second half and added a second in the 90th minute to seal the win and put a six point gap between Athletic and the relegation zone.

[ DONE DEAL: Seydou Doumbia headed to Roma ]

Almeria 1-0 Getafe

Both sides finished with ten men in a fiery match in southern Spain, with Almeria edging out a 1-0 win over Getafe. Edgar gave Almeria the lead just at the brink of half, controlling a through ball with his left foot before opening his body and curling one into the far corner. The second half saw two red cards, one for each side, as Sergio Escudero and Tomer Hemed both picked up their second yellow cards of the match. With the win, Almeria moves to one point behind Getafe as both sides are fighting for survival in La Liga.

Monday’s match

Malaga vs. Valencia