Barça in top form against Athletic

April 5, 2010

Barcelona put on a real show of strength on Saturday against Athletic Bilbao, ahead of one of the most pivotal weeks of the season. On Tuesday they play Arsenal in the return leg of the Champions League quarter final; and on Saturday is the showdown with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

As usual Barça dominated possession, although there were chances created by both sides. Barça’s first goal came in the 26th minute, when Jeffren scored his first league goal of the season from an Abidal pass. And five minutes before the break came Barcelona’s second, with a goal from Bojan.

After last week’s match against Arsenal Barcelona no doubt we not entirely comfortable with a 2-0 advantage but Bojan made it 3 goals within a few minutes of the second half. And in the 67th minute Pedro, who was brought on to replace a now injured Jeffren, passed the ball to Messi who made it 4-0.

Although Athletic got back into the game enough to score a single goal in the 76th minute, Barcelona’s victory was more than comfortable and must have given a huge confidence boost ahead of their most important week of the season to date.

While Real Madrid remain top of the table following a 2-0 victory against Racing, both teams are now waiting for the other to stumble.

1-0, Jeffren (min 26)
2-0, Bojan (min 40)
3-0, Bojan (min 58)
4-0, Messi (min 67)
4-1, Susaeta (min 76)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Real Madrid
30
25
2
3
83
25
77
2
Barcelona
30
24
5
1
75
19
77
3
Valencia
30
16
8
6
48
30
56
4
Sevilla
30
14
6
10
43
35
48
5
Mallorca
30
14
6
10
46
34
48
6
Athletic Bilbao
30
13
6
11
41
41
45
7
Villarreal
30
12
7
11
45
41
43
8
Deportivo
30
12
6
12
32
38
42
9
Getafe
30
12
5
13
42
40
41
10
Atlético Madrid
30
11
7
12
47
45
40
11
Sporting Gijón
30
9
10
11
33
38
37
12
Almería
30
9
10
11
32
39
37
13
Osasuna
30
9
7
14
26
35
34
14
Espanyol
30
8
10
12
22
37
34
15
Zaragoza
30
8
8
14
37
53
32
16
Málaga
30
7
10
13
34
38
31
17
Racing Santander
30
7
10
13
30
44
31
18
Tenerife
30
6
7
17
29
61
25
19
Valladolid
30
4
12
14
30
53
24
20
Xerez
30
5
8
18
26
52
23

 

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