Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has played down Villarreal midfielder Dani Raba's controversial red card during Sunday's La Liga win at Estadio de la Ceramica, claiming the player himself knew it was a red card.
The game was deadlocked at 0-0 until the straight red card for Raba following a late challenge on Sergio Busquets, and shortly after goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi sealed a first league win in three games which took them five points clear at the top.
FULL-TIME: @VillarrealCF 0-2 @FCBarcelona— MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) 10 December 2017
Assured performance from Barcelona who capitalised on Raba's sending off to find a breakthrough and then cruise to victory.
Lionel Messi equals Gerd Muller's record of 525 goals for one club in the top European leagues in the process. pic.twitter.com/wFpphw5dkP
Speaking to Marca about the game changing red card, he said: