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Played
January 23, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
Zorrilla
Referee:‬ Ramírez Domínguez‎
 
 
Xavi 20′
 
Daniel Alves 22′
 
Messi 56′
90′ +2
And that's it! A comprehensive win for Barca, who dominated as soon as they took the lead. They are now eight points ahead of Real Madrid, who play tomorrow...
 
88′
Pele tries his luck from distance, but that's a woeful effort that goes sailing wide...
 
87′
Now Valdes has his own howler as he clears straight to Medunjanin, but the Bosnian chips over...
 
85′
Villar gifts the ball to Messi again, but he's so surprised, that it comes straight back to the keeper...
 
84′
Substitution Marquitos Nivaldo
 
83′
Yellow Card Borja
 
83′
Bojan coming on for some rare minutes now, as he replaces Henry...
 
82′
Substitution Thierry Henry Bojan Krkic
 
80′
Henry tries to chip Villar after being played through by Messi, but it trickles wide...
 
79′
Substitution Jonathan Sesma Haris Medunjanin
 
79′
Substitution Seydou Keita Dmytro Chygrynskiy
 
78′
Yellow Card Marquitos
 
78′
The pressure will be on Real Madrid when they host Malaga tomorrow, as Barca are set to go eight points clear...
 
75′
Nearly another disaster for Valladolid as Villar's clears the ball straight into Messi's back, but it bounces fortuitously back to him...
 
74′
Pedro Lopez punts the ball downfield and Costa almost latches on to it, but Valdes is quick to come out and clear...
 
73′
Ibra gets up and takes it himself, but it's straight at the wall...
 
72′
It's just impossible for Valladolid to even get a touch of the ball at the moment, as Ibra earns a free-kick from just outside the box...
 
68′
Iniesta plays a wonderful through ball for Ibrahimovic, but he fails to control...
 
66′
Diego Costa lets fly from range once more, but again Valdes is equal to the task...
 
65′
Henry's getting a bit more involved now as he runs on to Xavi's through ball, but his shot is wide...oooh, and now Messi has another effort that meets the same fate...
 
64′
Henry cuts inside from the left and lets fly, but it's straight at Villar...
 
61′
Substitution Piqué Gabriel Milito
 
61′
With the result seemingly safe, Gabi Milito replaces Pique, who was on a yellow...
 
58′
Oooooh, Valladolid almost pull one back, but Valdes is at full stretch to save Arzo's header from a corner...
 
56′
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!! MESSI!!! Ibra finally has his say, latching on to Alves' ball before teeing it across for La Pulga, who makes no mistake in slotting it home. 3-0!
 
56′
Goal Messi
 
55′
Oooooooh, Henry nearly scores in spectacular fashion, as he greets Alves' cross with a bicycle kick, but it's saved by Villar...
 
53′
Despite the lead, Guardiola will surely be slightly concerned by Henry and Ibrahimovic's inability to get involved thus far...
 
50′
Barca still dominating possession, they're just sitting back waiting for Valladolid to commit men forward now...
 
46′
And we're back! Long half ahead for Valladolid, one suspects...
 
46′
And we're back! Long half ahead for Valladolid, one suspects...
 
 
Iniesta and Zlatan combine well to release the Swede, but he slips just as he's about to shoot...and that's the half. Two goals in two minutes have given Barca a considerable advantage, and it will take something special from La Pucela to turn this around...
 
43′
Borja fires the free-kick goalwards, but Valdes gets right behind it, despite the considerable power of the shot...
 
42′
Yellow card for Pique after a fairly blatant handball, which luckily for him was just outside the box...
 
42′
Yellow Card Piqué
 
41′
Another menacing cross from Alves, and Pedro Lopez has to head it behind...
 
38′
For all Barca's dominance, Ibrahimovic and Henry have been virtually anonymous thus far...
 
35′
Messi and Alves are causing absolute havoc down the right flank, and more goals from that direction look imminent...
 
32′
Messi releases Zlatan down the right edge of the box, but the Swede's pull-back is stopped by Villar before it reaches Henry...
 
28′
More threatening play from Alves and Messi as La Pulga breaks into the box, but he loses the ball at the vital second...
 
27′
Barca are in their element now, holding on to the ball and playing with patience, safe in the knowledge that Valladolid must attack them eventually...
 
24′
Another corner for Valladolid, and this time Prieto latches onto it, only to fire over the bar...
 
22′
Goal Daniel Alves
 
21′
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL!!! DANI ALVES!!! Unbelievable stuff here, as seconds from the kick-off, Alves swings another cross in, and this time it loops over Villar and in! 2-0!
 
20′
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!! XAVI!!! Brilliant stuff from Barca, Dani Alves swings a cross in from the right, and Xavi is on hand to smash a stunning volley past Villar! 1-0!
 
20′
Goal Xavi
 
17′
Diego Costa tests Valdes out with a low drive from the edge of the box, but it's tipped behind...
 
16′
Set pieces look to be Valladolid's best bet, but yet another corner is hit straight at Valdes...
 
13′
Barca are starting to dominate now, although the home side are still looking to counter with pace...
 
10′
Brilliant play from Messi and Alves there, the Brazilian backheels it back into the Argentine's path, but Villar is equal to his shot from outside the box...
 
8′
Ooooh, Xavi swings a dangerous corner in and it's met by Keita, but his fierce header flies over the bar...
 
5′
Dangerous free-kick there form Valladolid, but Valdes does well to punch it clear...
 
4′
Both sides are just feeling each other out at the moment, it's been a bit sloppy...
 
1′
And we're off! No risks taken by Pep Guardiola tonight, as he fields his strongest possible line-up...
 
 
Zlatan is involved again after brilliant build-up play from Messi, but Villar palms his shot away...
 
 
Valladolid are yet to have a shot on goal since going behind, and the signs are ominous for them...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0