Barcelona's Brazilian right-back, Dani Alves, ate the banana that was thrown at him by Villarreal supporters.
In a bizarre moment during the enthralling La Liga match between Villarreal and Barcelona at El Madrigal stadium, Alves stepped up to take a corner when a home supporter threw a banana at the Brazilian. To the amazement of the linesman and the home supporters, Alves proceeding to peel the banana and eat it before taking the corner.
Alves said after the match: "I don't know who threw the banana but I want to thank him. It gave me the energy to put two more crosses in for our goals.
"Banana incident? I'm in Spain for 11 years now, and it happens since the start. You have to laugh at those retards."
Villarreal took the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half with a goal from Cani. The home team made it 2-0 shortly after the restart from a tremendous header from Trigueros.
As Barcelona's title hopes seemed dead and buried, Villarreal conceded two own goals. Paulista and Musacchio both knocked the ball into their own net as they failed to defend crosses from Dani Alves.
In the 83rd minute, a brilliant tiki taka move from Barcelona made it 3-2 to the visitors. Sergio Busquets chipped the ball over the Villarreal defence for Fabregas to head the ball into the path of Lionel Messi who fired home Barcelona's third to seal a vital win for the Catalans. Messi ponited up to the sky during his celebration to dedicate the winning goal to recently deceased former coach, Tito Vilanova.
Barcelona now sit second in La Liga, four points behind leaders Athletico Madrid and two points ahead of Real Madrid
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