Barcelona vs Villarreal match saw the Catalans bounce back to winning ways thrashing Villarreal two goals to one at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
An early goal from Antoine Griezmann and a second from Arthur Melo in the first half raised them a point behind third-placed Real Madrid.
Captain Lionel Messi provided an incredible free-kick which was converted by former Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann in the sixth minute.
Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo doubled the lead before the end of the first half to ensure the La Liga champions have an upper hand.
Fifa best player 2019 Lionel Messi, however, sustained a thigh problem during the Barcelona vs Villarreal clash.
Messi received treatment before returning to the pitch. Ousmane Dembele came in his place in the second half.
Villareal pulled one back thanks to a Santi Carzola long-range effort that was impossible to stop.
The injury was described by coach Ernesto Valverde as a slight problem which will be looked into
He, however, noted they did not want to risk anything thus decided to substitute him as soon as possible.
The win is a relief for Ernesto whose side had a shaky start in the season even though they are currently at position four.
Rivals Real Madrid has a game in hand and an opportunity to lead the table if they win their next match.
In other games of the night, Real Betis thrashed Levante three goals to one.
The win lifts Betis to position nine and level on points with Villarreal in position eight.
Real Valladolid held Granada at home denying them a chance to widen the lead.