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Apr 23, 2009

FC Barcelona restored their lead on top with an emphatic victory over the Andulucian side, Sevilla at home. Barca scored 4 goals within an hour mark to completely rout a sorry looking Sevilla side, who were condemned to their third straight league defeat. Real Madrid player Marcelo has last week claimed that we will draw against Sevilla and Valencia and also will lose against Real Madrid and Deportivo. With Sevilla victory now Marcelo would be forced to change his plans. It was indeed Iniesta's day out. Everyone knew how talented Iniesta was but everyone doubted his ability to lead the attack. He undone those doubters with a magnificent display scoring one and assisting three goals in a 4-0 victory. Iniesta scored the first one and Eto the second in the first half; Xavi and Henry scored in the second half to take it 4-0. Guardiola decided to rest Messi and Iniest aplayed in that position. As expected Eto and Henry joined him upfront. The midfield was made up of Xavi, Toure and Keita. The defense was formed by Alves, Pique, Marquez and Abidal. As usual Valdes kept the goal.

The game started in the perfect way for Barca with Iniesta scoring in the third minute. Henry robbed the ball from Sevilla player and played it to Iniesta, Iniesta continued his run and curled his shot past goal keeper into the top right corner. In the 5th minute Iniesta won the ball, runs at defender and was brought down just outside the box. Alves took the resultant free kick but was deflected just high off the bar by the wall. In the 8th minute Iniesta played the ball to Eto, Eto took a clever touch inside the box taking the ball away from the defenders and making space but his final shot went high. In the 12th minute Sevilla's Capel send in a great cross from the right, Alves was guilty of leaving a Sevilla player unmarked on the left, luckily he put his shot wide off goal. In the 14th minute Alves send in a great shot but went wide off near post. Then in the 17th minute Eto put Barca 2-0 ahead. It was a classic Barca move with almost all of the team getting involved. As expected the goal was made by the little geniuses of Xavi and Iniesta. Iniesta played the ball to xavi and continued his run into box; Xavi immediately played the ball bact to Iniesta who squared it to Eto for an easy finish. Then in the 24th minute Henry's low shoft was defelcted for a corner. Xavi took a short corner placing the ball to Iniesta, who send in a great cross which found Pique infront of the goal but he shot high. Then in the 35th minute in a rare counter Capel send in a great cross into the centre but luckily Kone send the header wide. The defending for that cross was pretty poor and that would give enough hope to Chelsea. Then in the 37th minute Xavi wasted an excellent oppurtunity to go 3-0 ahead. Iniesta send in a great ball to Xavi who was unmarked in the box, but his chip over Goalie went wide. Then in the 44th minute Iniesta gave the ball to Eto, Eto did well to turn and shoot forcing a save from goalie; the rebound fell to Henry buit Goal Keeper, Varas did well to save that too.

FC Barcelona went 3-0 ahead early in the second half. In the 49th minute Henry robbe the ball and surged forward; he passed the ball to Eto in the centre who gave it to Iniest on the right, Iniesta placed the ball to Xavi who send in a great shot into the right corner of the goal. In the 52nd minute Marquez saw his long range shot from 30 yards out brushing the crossbar. In the 54th minute Barca completed the tally when Henry slotted the ball past Varas from a very tight angle in the left and once again Iniesta played a delightful ball to Henry. In the 60th minute Guardiola decided to bring on Hleb to give Iniesta some deserving rest. The Camp Nou faithfuls gave him a standing ovation. In the 66th minute Keita had a shot blocked by Goal Keeper, Varas. In the 74th minute Xavi was taken off and Bojan was brought in. In the 82nd minute Marquez was replaced by Sylvinho. The game neded with Eto seeing his shot blocked by Varas after the defender gave the ball away with a stupid backpass.

Sevilla with their quality wingers was supposed to be a danger for Barca. But we negotiated them well. Capal did trouble our defense but that was on very few occasions. The good thing was that we won well against a quality opponent and that without Messi. We once again managed to shut down Real Madrid's chances. Messi was successful in getting some rest ahead of some gruelling schedule and that is good for FC Barcelona. The only negative was the yellow card for Alves and Abidal. Abidal looked very good in the left flank and I have to say that he is finally showing his true qualities.

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