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April 4, 2009 11:00 PM BST
Nuevo Zorrilla
Referee:‬ Pérez Lasa‎
Samuel Eto'o 40′
90′ +5
The referee ends the game and Barcelona go nine points clear at the top and put the pressure back on Real Madrid, who are in action against Malaga this evening.
90′ +5
The referee ends the game and Barcelona go nine points clear at the top and put the pressure back on Real Madrid, who are in action against Malaga this evening.
90′ +4
The game goes into the fourth minute of injury time and Barcelona continue to puh and keep the ball away from their own goal.
90′ +2
Valdes goes down to use up soe time after being caught by Ugbeche, while Betis have completed a remarkable turnaround to beat Numancia.
Athletic Club are back in front against Mallorca while Betis have found a late equaliser against Numancia.
Substitution Andrés Iniesta Luján Eidur Smari Gudjohnsen
Huuuyyy!!! - Alvaro Rubio caught Marquez's headed clearance oin the volley and watched as it flew just wide of the post.
The visitors are still passing the ball across the pitch before looking to head down the flanks, but Valladolid are keeping them out.
Barcelona could do with a second goal just to ensure that they secure all three points, even though Valladolid have not been forward for a while.
The crowd are unahppy as Valdes picks the ball up from what appears to be a touch back from Marquez, but it was hardly a pass back.
Huuuyyy!!! - Alves shot across the goal from the right of th area and Asenjo pulled off a fine save and as the ball fell to Eto'o he could only knee it wide.
Messi is coming more and more in to the game as NUmancia take the lead at Real Betis with a Barkero penalty in what will be a surprise result.
Barcelona continue to press as Jurado levels for Real Mallorca against Athletic Club in San Mames.
Huuuyyy!!! - Iniesta made it through past the last man and slid his shot just wide of the post as Bea tackled him. The Barça midfielder thought it was a corner at least, while Asenjo requires treatment after being caught.
Keita meets a cross from Alves, but the ball sails high over the bar after a move that required patience as Valladolid are playing with even more players back now.
Jose Luis Mendilibvar looks to change things around as he introduces Javier Baraja to give his team some forward momentum and it has helped.
Huuuyyy!!! - Alves beats Goitom to a cross in front of goal to nod the ball away before the Valladolid forward can connect.
Substitution Luis Prieto Javier Baraja Vegas
The home team have looked to stop Xavi all game and while they have been unable to do that throughout, he had been tackled and given the ball away on occasion which is unusual.
Barcelona are keeping Valladolid at bay now, but they are still waiting for Messi to have an affect.
Messi and Alves are on as Pedro and Sylvinho leave the game and there is a cheer from the Barça fans in the stadium for the Argentinian star.
Substitution Sylvinho Daniel Alves
Substitution Pedro Messi
Escudero slalomed his way into the Barça area, but he could not beat Valdes with two attempts and was holding his head as the keeper claimed the ball out of the air.
Substitution Marcos Aguirre Ogbeche
Pedor habs had a good game, but he was unable to beat his man in the area moments ago and after passing to Iniesta he was shown how to progress past at least one, before the midfielder was tackled.
Huuuyyy!!! - Valladolid break at speed down the left and the move ends with their first shot on target of the evening which did not cause Valdes any problems.
Valladolid will not be pleased to see Messi and Alves warming up with the speed both can offer set to cause them even more problems at the back.
Sesma slides the ball out of play before limping to the sidelines and looks like he will not be able to continue.
Injury Jonathan Sesma
Substitution Jonathan Sesma D. Escudero
Barcelona start the second period and there have been no changes by either side as Valladolid have it all to do to draw level.
Huuuyyy!!! - Iniesta combined well with Pedro on the right before slotting a cross in for Eto'o, but he clipped his shot over the bar from close range.
45′ +1
The referee blows for half-time and Barça will be happy with their evening's work so far as they have controlled proceedings and kept Valladolid away from Valdes.
Eto'o is now seven goals clear at the top of the Pichichi charts as news comes through that Numancia have levelled matters at Real Betis.
Huuuyyy!!! - Barça almost had a second as Iniesta curled a shot towards the far post, but Asenjo was equal to it and tipped the effort away at full stretch.
GOOOLLL!!! - Barcelona have found a way through as Eto'o breaks the deadlock after racing on to a pass from Xavi before beating Asenjo.
Goal Samuel Eto'o
Messi will certainly be introduced in the second half in order to try and find an opening because they are struggling to create something special, which is what it will take.
Valladolid are defending well and ensuring that when Barça cross the halfway line that they have few options. Villarreal have a mountain to climb after Mane put Almeria 3-0 ahead.
Xavi lifts a shot from 16 yards over the bar as Frederic Kanoute strokes home a penalty to put Sevilla ahead at Recreativo de Huevla.
Barcelona have dominated possession statistically, but Asenjo has not been as busy as that would suggest and Eto'o has been anonymous for long periods.
The hosts are not happy as Xavi goes over and wins a free-kick which looked very dubious, but there is not much doubt about Marcos' slide on Iniesta without touching the ball.
Sylvinho intervenes to stop a Henok Goitom cross from reaching a Valladolid player as he nodded the ball over the bar.
Puyol shows how important he is to Barça with a superb block to stop Sesma's shot registering on the ground where the Barça defender made his full debut ten years ago.
Huuuyyy!!! - Eto'o met a superbly clipped ball into the area and looked to flick it past the keeper, but Asenjo showed great reactions to stop it going past him.
Villarreal are feeling the effects of the international break as they are now two goals behind at Almeria after Piatti netted the hosts' second.
Whistles ring out around the ground as Marcos Aguire goes into the book for fouling Sylvinho, moments after the referee ignored appeals for a Valladolid free-kick.
Yellow Card Marcos Aguirre
Huuuyyy!!! - Keita moveed forward releasing Iniesta on the left and he was ablt o move inside before sending a right-footed drive well over the bar from 20 yards.
Barcelona are applying the pressure once again after Valladolid opened up to push forward themselves, but they allow the hosts to break and Valdes slices a clearance much to the delight of the fans.
Borja cannot connect properly with a free-kick and his header flies well wide, but it was ambitious to try from the edge of the area anyway.
Jonathan Sesma's cross has to be wacthed closely by Victor Valdes as it drops just past the far post, while Real Betis are ahead against Numancia thanks to Sergio Garcia.
Huuuyyy!!! - Sergio Asenjo shows why has been linked with several major clubs, including Barça, as he turns Pedro's drive around the post.
Barcelona are controling matters in the opening minutes here as news comes through that Alvaro Negredo has put Almeria ahead against Villarreal.
Valladolid have reasons to be confident this afternoon, with the fact that they have won only three points less than Barça in the second half of the season with 16 to the visitors' 19.
Valladolid and Barça continie to try and find space in midfield as the screens around the press area show Athletic Club taking the lead against Real Mallorca in San Mames from the penalty spot. Fran Yeste tucks the ball home in the fourth minute.
Pedro Lopez was tracking back to stop Seydou Keita from reaching the bal as he entered the area and the defender cleared to give the visitors the first corner of the game.
The other big news for Barcelona is that Dani Alves is on the bench as Carles Puyol returns at right, with the Brazilian joining Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi on the bench.
Real Valladolid kick off in front of a full house and they have an impressive home record conceding just 14 goals and losing just four times in 14 matches in front of their own fans.
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The hosts have named what appears to be an adventurous 4-4-2 on paper, but will no odubt will see two lines of four sit back when Barça have the ball with one up front.
Pep Guardiola has rung the changes for the visit to the Jose Zorilla with Sergio Busquets coming into midfield, while Andres Iniesta and Pedro will support Samuel Eto'o in the front three.
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