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4 vs 0
Played
January 5, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Camp Nou — Barcelona
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 64031‎
 
 
16′ Pedro
 
 
 
Top of the Match
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Cristian Sapunaru
Cristian Sapunaru
Elche
Botía
Botía
Elche

Barcelona 4-0 Elche: Alexis Sanchez hat trick secures emphatic win

The Chilean bagged three goals while Pedro added another as the Catalans rolled to a comfortable triumph despite once again missing Lionel Messi.

Barcelona regained control of La Liga ahead of Atletico Madrid thanks to a 4-0 win over Elche.

Alexis Sanchez was the star of the show for Gerardo Martino's side, scoring the opening goal after seven minutes before Pedro doubled the advantage shortly after. The Chile international was to complete a hat trick with two goals after the break, though only after Xavi had missed a penalty.

Elche had no answer as Gerardo Martino's men began 2014 in style with their 16th win in 18 matches, taking their tally of goals in La Liga this season to 53 in the process.

Barcelona made a great start with Sanchez's neat side-foot finish after seven minutes, and the lead was doubled just after the quarter-hour mark by a Pedro tap-in.

Fabregas played a part in both of those goals and earned Barcelona a penalty shortly after the restart, which Xavi put wide.

The missed spot kick did not have any affect on the result as Sanchez tapped home Pedro's center in the 63rd minute, before rounding off the win with a glorious free kick.

Victor Valdes returned in goal for the hosts after being sidelined since November with a calf injury, while Neymar was only named on the bench after returning from suspension. Elche, which has now lost four in a row, was without first-choice goalkeeper Manu Herrera, so Tono deputized between the sticks.

Barcelona started well and opened the scoring when Jordi Alba collected Fabregas' cross-field pass and whipped the ball into the box for Sanchez to apply a controlled finish.

The hosts were given a scare when a flowing counterattack resulted in Richmond Boakye crashing a left-footed effort off the post.

However, Barcelona once more cut through Elche's defense after 16 minutes, with Pedro collecting Fabregas' sublime through ball before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting into the empty net.

Pedro continued to be a menace and twice came close to doubling his tally, curling wide from Fabregas' pass across the box, before lofting an inventive half-volley wide. Barcelona retained control of proceedings as halftime approached and Sanchez fired into the side-netting in the 43rd minute following a swift breakaway.

Sanchez then saw a close-range header deflect wide at the start of the second half, and Xavi put a penalty wide of Tono's right-hand post in the 48th minute after Fabregas had been taken down by Cristian Sapunaru.

Xavi's miss failed to derail Barcelona and the champions made it 3-0 when Pedro broke down the left and laid invitingly into the path of Sanchez, who tapped home.

The Chile international completed the rout with a sublime curling free kick from 25 yards six minutes later.

Barcelona slowed the tempo in the closing stages but had legitimate claims for a second penalty when Andres Iniesta appeared to be upended by Alberto Botia.

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Barcelona

1
Víctor Valdés
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
3.00
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
3.00
18
Jordi Alba
Defender
7′ 73′
3.50
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
16′ 73′
3.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
48′ 65′
2.50
8
3.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.00
7
Pedro
Striker
16′ 63′ 81′
4.00
9
5.00

Elche

2.00
13
Toño
Goalkeeper
2.00
3
Botía
Defender
68′
2.50
4
Lombán
Defender
2.00
19
2.50
21
Albácar
Defender
2.00
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
86′
2.00
7
Aarón
Striker
2.50
16
Fidel
Midfielder
61′
2.50
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
66′
2.50
9
R. Boakye
Striker
2.50
15
Carles Gil
Striker

Substitutes

13
 - 
5
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
 - 
14
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
65′
3.00
11
Neymar
Striker
81′
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
74′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Marc Martínez
Goalkeeper
 - 
18
Pelegrín
Defender
 - 
23
 - 
8
Mantecón
Midfielder
80′
2.50
17
Javi Márquez
Midfielder
66′
2.50
14
 - 
28

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • 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
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0