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0 vs 3
Played
October 30, 2012 5:00 PM EDT
Estadio de Mendizorroza — Vitoria-Gasteiz
Referee:‬ José Teixeira‎
Attendance:‬ 19840‎
 
Top of the Match
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Barcelona
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Jaume Delgado
Jaume Delgado
Alaves
Alexis Sánchez
Alexis Sánchez
Barcelona

Alaves 0-3 Barcelona: Sublime Iniesta strike highlight of routine win for Copa holders

The midfielder provided the game's outstanding moment in the second half as he scored a wonderful curling effort from 20 yards to help give the Blaugrana a strong first leg lead

By Charlie Scott

David Villa, Barcelona
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Two superb finishes from David Villa and Andres Iniesta either side of halftime, and a goal late on from Cesc Fabregas, gave Barcelona a 3-0 lead over Alaves going in to the second leg of this Copa del Rey tie, as the home side failed to pose much of an attacking threat at the Estadio de Mendizorroza.

Alexis Sanchez had a brilliant chance to give Barcelona the lead in the 13th minute after some fine play down the right from Dani Alves, but the Chile international could only head straight at Urtzi after being found unmarked inside the area by his teammate.

Alves served another enticing cross towards Sanchez just minutes later but again the attacker wasted the opportunity, this time nodding the ball wide of the Alaves goal under little pressure from either Agustin or Javier Hernandez.

Barcelona continued to threaten as the first half wore on, with Alves proving a constant torment for Manu Garcia down the right, and Iniesta came close to opening the scoring with a low shot in the 26th minute that was parried away well by Urtzi.

Vilanova's side did finally make its dominance pay in the 40th minute when Villa smashed an unstoppable effort past Urtzi from the edge of the Alaves box after controlling Iniesta's pass following a costly slip from Agustin.  

Guzman had a glorious chance to equalise for the home side early in the second half but dragged his shot wide of the right hand post after barging his way into the Barcelona penalty area.

Barcelona immediately made Alaves pay for Guzman's miss as Iniesta curled a delicious strike in to the net to make it 2-0. Manu Garcia was guilty of dallying on the ball inside his own area, and after Cesc Fabregas dispossessed him, the ball was slipped to first Sanchez and then on to Iniesta. The Spain international didn't need a touch to set himself and instead opted to curl an arching first-time effort into the top right corner from the edge of the box.

Sanchez then thought he had increased Barcelona's lead to three shortly after Iniesta's strike, but his neat flick was wrongly ruled out for offside after some great play by Villa on the left-hand side of the Alaves penalty area.

The Blaugrana took greater control of the match following Iniesta's wonderful finish as Alaves showed little sign of coming back into the game, and went on to score a third late on through Fabregas following more outstanding play from Alves down the right. The former Arsenal player was left with the simplest of finishes from close range as he headed Alves' cross into an empty net with Urtzi caught out of position.

Barcelona takes a comfortable lead into the second leg of this Copa del Rey tie, with the return tie at Camp Nou on Nov. 27.

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Alaves

23
Urtzi
Goalkeeper
3.50
-
Agustín
Defender
3.00
5
Javi Hernández
Defender
3.00
-
Óscar Rubio
Defender
3.00
-
Beobide
Midfielder
3.00
-
Jaume Delgado
Midfielder
2.50
-
Jonan García
Midfielder
71′
3.00
-
Manu García
Midfielder
3.00
20
Barahona
Striker
71′
3.00
-
Guzmán
Striker
62′
3.00
-
Viguera
Striker
82′
2.50

Barcelona

3.00
13
3.00
15
Bartra
Defender
3.50
22
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
4.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
55′
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
84′ 88′
4.00
8
3.00
14
3.00
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
2.50
9
4.00
9

Substitutes

1
Miguel
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Llamas
Midfielder
82′
2.00
11
Sendoa
Midfielder
71′
2.50
-
Luismi
Striker
71′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
25
Oier
Goalkeeper
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
3.00
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
55′
3.00
12
3.00
20
Tello
Striker
70′

Coach/Manager

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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
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2