Apr 11, 2012

FC Barcelona - 4, Getafe - 0

FC Barcelona has cut the lead at the top to a mere one point following their victory against Getafe at Camp Nou tonight. Two goals from Sanchez, one each from Messi and Pedro gave Barca a deserving 4-0 victory, more importantly all the three points. It was a totally dominating performance and the 4-0 scoreline was a bit of understatement for the chances we created. It was a sweet revenge for Barca players and fans as Getafe was one of the two team who had defeated Barca in La Liga this season. The club had confirmed earlier that Abidal's liver transplatation operation has already started and is expected to last eight hours. Guardiola went in with a three man defense - Puyol, Mascherano and Adriano. Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi and Messi formed the midfield. Pedro, Sanchez and Cuenca formed the attacking trio. The line up was a bit strange as we had four attackers in the starting line-up.

We showed our attacking intend right from the start. In the 2nd minute Busquest came close to making contact to a brilliant Xavi free kick into the box. In the 12th minute Iniesta forced a save off th ekeeper from a shot from the edge of the box. In the th minute Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for Barca witha brilliantly taken goal. Iniesta played a chipped ball to Messi, who chested it to Sanchez who then skipped past a defender and curled the ball to far corner from the edge of the box to take Barca 1-0 ahead. In the the Getafe keeper made brilliant save to deny Pedro after Alexis squared the ball to the Spanish international. In the 17th minute Xavi thought he had doubled the score after he chipped a brilliant throughball from Messi over the keeper, but the defender was adjudged to have cleared it on the line. In the 22nd minute the fans started chanting Abidal's name to show the support for their favourite left-back, who was undergoing luver transplantation. In the 24th minute Messi saw his shot going wide after a brilliant lofted ball from Busquets put him through. In the 28th minute Ruben Perez came close to equalising for Getafe from a brilliant volley, but we were somehow able to deflect it for a corner. In the 32nd minute Sanchez missed from an open position from a brilliant cross from Cuenca. In the 44th minute Lionel Messi made the scoreline 2-0 after a brilliant bit of one-two between him and Iniesta.

In the 49th miute Pedro sent in a great cross from the left but Messi couldn't reach it despite a diving header. We were into our possession style of play from the start of second half, but the intensity did drop a bit with a 2-0 scoreline. In the 67th minute Cuenca forced a save from the keeper. In the 73rd minute Alexis scored his second of the night and Barcelona's third of the night. Cuenca send in a great cross into the box, Sanchez rose above the defender and powered the header into the goal. In the 75th minute Pedro made it 4-0 from yet another header from a Messi free kick. Guardiola immediately brought in MOntoya for Adriano. In the 79th minute Puyol sent in a cross from right but Messi's shot went a high over the bar. In the 80th minute Tello came in for Pedro. In the 83rd minute Muniesa came in for Mascherano. With that sustitution we had 10 La Masia graduates on the field. In the 86th minute Xavi send in a great cross spotting Lionem Messi's run, but Messi's shot was parried away by the keeper. In the 89th minute Messi danced literally danced into the box and lifted the ball across the face off the goal, the defenders somehow cleared it for a corner.

Guardiola got his tactic spot on, eventhough it was a bit confusing to see four attackers in the starting line-up. The additional atatcker gave Guardiola the necessary width in both the side and it was no surprise that the most busy player in the night was Cuenca. Since Messi constantly dropped to midfield we always had a feel of four man midfield. Getafe came to defend deep , but this tactical switch did stretch them and we made the most of it.

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