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Dec 17, 2012

  • FC Barcelona emeregs 4-1 winners agaisnt second placed Atletico Madrid.
  • Adriano, Busquets and Messi scored for Barca

FC Barcelona emerged 4-1 victors against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in the top of the table clash. We went into the match with six points lead over Atletico and eleven point lead over real madrid. We increased the lead to 9 and 13 respectively after tonight's result. Falcao shocked Nou Camp with a brilliantly taken goal, Adriano responded with what could be described as the Goal of the Season. Then onwards we bossed the game with Busquets scoring once and Messi scoring twice. In the match between the top two teams in the Points Table, Vilanova went with a more or less expected line-up. Valdes was tha goal keeper of choice. The defense had Adriano, Puyol, Pique and Alba. The midfield had Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets. Messi, Pedro and Alexis made the front three. Both the teams received the good news of Real Madrid dropping points again, this time held to draw at home by surprisingly Espanyol.

In the 4th minute we had a glimpse of the speed of Atletico on counter and that really caused a lot of confusion, forcing Puyol to conceded an unnecessary corner. No danger came from that was a positive thing. In the 9th minute Falcao hit the post with a brilliant header on to Valdes' far post. That was really lucky for us. Meanwhile Atletico were doing a good job of closing our midfield. In the 24th minute Falcao was realeased by a quicly taken free kick, luckily for us his finish went wide. In the attacking department we were getting completely over-shadowed at our own home. In the first 25 minutes we never had a single shot. In the 31st minute Falcao deservingly put Atletico infront with a brilliantly taken goal. Messi loses the ball in midfield, that ball is played to Falcao, his first touch takes him away from busquets and on to the goal and he finished with a beautiful chip over Valdes. In the 36th minute against the run of play Adriano equalised with a thunderous strike from outside the box. It was all done by Adriano, it was a brilliant piece of individual skill. Adriano came inside and thundered and curled the ball into the far corner of the goal. It was clear that only an individual piece of brilliance could pull us back in the game. But everyone expected it to come from Messi or Iniesta or xavi but not from Adriano, our Right back for the night. In the 43rd minute Iniesta sent in a great cross bringing in Adriano on teh right into the box, but his header was behind Pedro, otherswise we should have seen a great shot at goal. In the 44th minute Pique forced a save from the keeper. Then Iniesta forced from the resulting corner. From the resulting corner we went ahead, 2-1 when Busquets calmly finished after their was an almighty scramble on the goal mouth. We were pretty fortunate to go into the half with a goal lead. But it was clear towards the end that Iniesta was getting into the game after Adriano's brilliant finish0.


We started the second half in the same fashion how we ended the first. we were dominating possession and Iniesta was creating enough scare for Atletico. But still shots on goal were at premium. But that all changed in the 57th minute. And it was through Messi who was sleeping till that moment, a moment of brilliance and the scoreline became 3-1. He received the ball from Sanchez, had some space to run forward and finished off calmly from the edge of box. In the 75th minute Thiago came in for Alexis Sanchez. In the 79th minute Vilanova brought in David Villa for Pedro. In the 80th minute Iniesta forced a brilliant save from the Atleti goal Keeper. In the 85th minute Vilanova gave Adriano and brought in Dani Alves. In the 88th minute Messi scored the second of night after sloppy defending gave the ball to Messi who made no mistake.


Chosing the Man of The Match for this match was the easiest task. It had to be Adriano. There was some other brilliant performances like Iniesta, Busquets, Alba and Pique. But none of them would have played this well not for that individual piece of skill which gave us the equaliser. We were completely out of the game at that point and after that goal we simply was a different kind of team. This match was the worst performance by Lionel Messi in this season, but still he ended with two goals. Atleti came with a plan and executed it to perfection till the equaliser. From then on they lost the plot completely. A nine point lead looks brilliant at the moment but still the league is not even half way at the moment.

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