Barça trounce Atletico de Madrid

October 6, 2008

Barcelona pulled out all the stops on Saturday night to utterly humiliate Atletico de Madrid. On the attack from the start, the first 5 minutes of the match saw Barça go 2 goals up, first with a goal by Marquez from a corner by Xavi and then a penalty by Eto’o after a foul on Messi. The Argentinean star then took the score to 3-0 in the 8th minute with a free kick taken before Atletico had a chance to organise a defensive wall.

This marked a real change from previous matches, where there squad dominated possession but were unable to score as often as they should have. However, in the 13th minute Atletico scored from the edge of the area, an excellent goal that Victor Valdes had no chance of stopping.

Although Eto’o had been quite ineffective for much of the time, the 17th minute saw him dribble past the Atletico defence and keeper to take the score to 4-1 and in the 27th minute Gudjohnsen scored after a shot from Iniesta rebounded off the post.

With the match almost certainly won in the first 30 minutes, Barcelona began to relax a little although possession remained high at 60 percent. However, both Iniesta and Messi in particular remained focused and while their efforts went unrewarded with more goals they were at least keeping up the pace.

After such an exciting first half the second half was always going to be an anticlimax. With Eto’o and Messi substituted for Henry and Bojan, the fresh players upped the pace again, and in the 73rd minute the final goal of the night was scored when Henry kicked the ball from the centre to Xavi, to Bojan, and then to Henry who had run forward, knocking the ball into the back of the net to make the final score 6-1.

  Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Valencia

6

5

1

0

13

4

16

2 Villarreal

6

5

1

0

9

3

16

3 Sevilla

6

4

2

0

12

4

14

4 Barcelona

6

4

1

1

18

7

13

5 Real Madrid

6

4

1

1

18

9

13

6 Almeria

6

3

2

1

9

7

11

7 At. Madrid

6

3

0

3

12

10

9

8 Getafe

6

2

3

1

7

6

9

9 Espanyol

6

2

2

2

6

7

8

10 Deportivo

6

2

2

2

5

6

8

11 Mallorca

6

2

2

2

5

7

8

12 Malaga

6

2

1

3

6

8

7

13 Valladolid

6

2

0

4

5

7

6

14 Racing

6

1

2

3

4

8

5

15 Athletic

6

1

2

3

4

9

5

16 Osasuna

6

0

4

2

2

4

4

17 Numancia

6

1

1

4

5

9

4

18 Recreativo

6

1

1

4

2

11

4

19 Gijon

6

1

0

5

8

20

3

20 Betis

6

0

2

4

4

8

2

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