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Played
October 5, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ Fernando Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 64659‎
 
Javi Guerra 10′
52′ Xavi
 
 
70′ Neymar
 
Top of the Match
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona
Neymar
Neymar
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Jesús Rueda
Jesús Rueda
Valladolid
Zakarya Bergdich
Zakarya Bergdich
Valladolid

Barcelona 4-1 Valladolid: Alexis at the double as Catalans maintain perfect record

The Chile international scored twice, and also teed Neymar up for a goal, as the Blaugrana made it eight wins out of eight in La Liga.

Two Alexis Sanchez goals helped Barcelona win its 19th consecutive home match in La Liga with a routine 4-1 victory over Valladolid on Saturday.

The Spanish champions were without the injured Lionel Messi, but the Chile international stepped up in his place as he equalized with a wonderful strike after Javi Guerra's surprise opener.

Valladolid caused the hosts problems in the first half, but it was one-way traffic in the second period as Xavi, Alexis and Neymar completed the rout to extend Barca's unblemished start to the league season.

After a battling win over Celtic in the Champions League, Gerardo Martino made only three changes as Alex Song, Alexis and Cristian Tello replaced Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Andres Iniesta. Valladolid's last match saw it draw 2-2 with Malaga, and Juan Ignacio Martinez reintroduced Zakarya Bergdich, Omar Ramos and Fausto Rossi into his starting XI.

The visitors took a surprising 10th-minute lead at Camp Nou as Guerra rose above Adriano to head Patrick Ebert's corner for his fourth league goal of the season, but it did not last long.

Barcelona drew level within four minutes as Alexis marched toward the area and drilled a fearsome strike into the top corner of the goal.

The home fans were incensed around the half-hour mark as Carlos Pena blatantly tripped Neymar inside the area, but referee Jesus Gil made the questionable decision to give the hosts nothing.

Barca was left frustrated as Alexis screwed a shot wide and Xavi blazed a free kick over the crossbar to send the sides in level at the break.

Valladolid came out after halftime undoubtedly looking to keep things tight initially, but Barcelona took the lead within seven minutes. Neymar surged at the Valladolid defence before picking out Tello to his left, and the winger crossed low into the area for Xavi to direct the ball into the bottom far corner.

A few moments later, Tello was involved again as he cut in from the left, but this time he went for goal himself only for his effort to crash off the crossbar.

Barca did add a third in the 64th minute, however. After an excellent through ball from Neymar, Alexis cruised into the area and confidently fired past Diego Marino.

Six minutes later their roles were reversed. Alexis found himself played into the area, but instead of shooting the Chilean squared to Neymar, who calmly placed a shot into the bottom corner.

The vibrant Neymar went in search of his second of the match as he cut in from the left, but he sent his effort comfortably over Marino's crossbar and Alexis headed straight at the keeper as the hosts were made to settle for their three-goal triumph.


Barcelona

1
Víctor Valdés
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
79′
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
3.50
21
Adriano
Midfielder
3.00
22
Daniel Alves
Defender
3.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
52′
3.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
65′
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
64′ 70′
4.50
20
Tello
Striker
14′ 52′ 73′
3.00
9
4.00

Valladolid

2.50
35
Diego Mariño
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
3.00
4
2.00
6
2.50
17
3.00
-
2.50
-
Fausto Rossi
Midfielder
47′
2.50
8
3.00
-
Omar
Midfielder
91′
2.50
20
Patrick Ebert
Midfielder
10′ 71′
3.00
9

Substitutes

13
 - 
2
Montoya
Defender
 - 
8
3.00
12
 - 
16
Busquets
Midfielder
79′
3.00
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
 - 
7
Pedro
Striker
73′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
Jaime
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
G. García
Defender
87′
2.00
23
Valdet Rama
Midfielder
71′
 - 
-
Vadillo
Midfielder
 - 
-
2.00
-
H. Osorio
Striker
61′

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0