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March 5, 2011
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 85000
S. Kéita 43'
Full time at the Camp Nou. Barcelona go ten points clear of Real Madrid after a 1-0 victory over Real Zaragoza. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com !
90' + 3'
Messi goes so close with a freekick that goes just by the top right hand corner.
90' + 3'
Last opportunity of the match as Barcelona have a freekick just outside the Real Zaragoza box.
90' + 2'
Yellow Card Maurizio Lanzaro
90' + 1'
Zaragoza are enjoying a spell of possession, perhaps they can grab a dramatic equaliser.
Good play by Andres Iniesta down the left hand side, showing good strength and skill to evade the Zaragoza players and keep possession for Barcelona.
The home side are in cruise control at the moment, they are easily running down the clock with short precise passes.
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Pep Guardiola makes his last substitution of the game as Pedro comes off to be replaced by Andres Iniesta for the last five minutes of the game.
Barcelona are not trying anything too spectacular now. They look as if they would settle for the 1-0 victory.
Barcelona have not played to the level that they can do. Zaragoza have defended well but the home side have not been at their best either.
Real Zaragoza have played the second half as if they were not down 1-0. They have not contributed any attacking play to the game.
David Villa has looked bright since his introduction. He has contributed to Barcelona playing at a higher tempo.
Barcelona make a change as Eric Abidal comes on to replace Maxwell.
Florent Sinama Pongolle is doing well to continue to press the Barcelona defenders as he is basically the only player doing so.
Zaragoza are having real trouble keeping hold of the ball, the defence is simply clearing the ball which is handing Barcelona possession back too easily.
Zaragoza make their final change of the match as Jorge Lopez comes on to replace Ander.
Nice passing from Barcelona as David Villa gets in behind the Zaragoza defence but his cross is intercepted by Toni Doblas.
Barcelona make their first change of the game as the unimpressive Bojan comes off to be replaced by David Villa.
N'Daw with a chance for Zaragoza after their second corner kick of the game but sends his header well over the crossbar.
Good save from Doblas again to deny Bojan as the young striker swivels in the box to fire a shot at the bottom left hand corner.
Great play from Sinama Pongolle controls on his chest wonderfully to send himself through on goal against Victor Valdes but the Barcelona goalkeeper was sharp and manages to intercept and clear the ball.
Yellow Card Gabriel Milito
For the first time in the match Real Zaragoza have managed to keep play in the Barcelona half for a sustained period of time, but they do not look close to creating a chance as of yet.
Zaragoza are going to have to commit more men forward as Pongolle is being constantly outnumbered by Barcelona players.
Doblas comes to the rescue of Zaragoza again by denying Gerard Pique who powers a header at goal from a Barcelona corner kick.
The Zaragoza wall remains firm to deny Xavi, but the ball goes straight back to Barcelona who remain in possession.
Good opportunity for Barcelona with a freekick just outside the Zaragoza box.
The first substitution of the game has been made as Zaragoza bring on Uche to replace Bertolo.
Very unlucky for Bertolo as he out-muscles Pique to try and bend the ball into the bottom right hand corner but it goes just by the post.
The half as started as expected, with Barcelona continuing to dominate possession.
The second half has kicked off and Barcelona will be looking to build on their lead, whereas Zaragoza will need to commit to some attacking play if they are to get anything from the match.
Half time at the Camp Nou. Barcelona make the break through just before the interval and Zaragoza will need to show more attacking play in the second half to try and create some chances.
The game promises to be totally different now as Zaragoza must come out of their defensive shell to try and equal the game.
Goal Seydou Keita
Fantastic play from Lionel Messi as he somehow gets to the by-line to send a cross along the six yard box for Seydou Keita to smash the ball into the net.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Barcelona !
Good play again from Barcelona as Messi evades defenders to slip Pedro through to the left, who in turn sets up Xavi for a shot from 18 yards but the attempt goes straight at the grateful Doblas.
Xavi goes close with a defence splitting pass to Bojan but Doblas reads it and comes out from goal to collect the ball.
Good save from Doblas as Mascherano drives a shot to the bottom right hand corner but the goalkeeper denies Barcelona again.
Zaragoza may be defending well but their attacking play is basically non existent. Pongolle has been a lonely figure so far in the game.
Messi goes close as he tries to life the ball over the oncoming Doblas but the Zaragoza goalkeeper makes a good save.
The Zaragoza defence looked a little flustered for the first time in the game as Xavi gets to the by-line and hooks in a cross but they manage to clear the ball and re-group.
Barcelona have a goal wrongly disallowed for offside as Seydou Keita heads in a wonderful cross from Dani Alves.
Better play from Barcelona with Messi sending Maxwell to the by-line but the Brazilian is unable to pick out any of his teammates with the cross.
Bojan very nearly scores a freak goal with a speculative shot that takes a massive deflection and very nearly loops over Doblas but just goes north of the crossbar.
Messi, Pedro, and Bojan have been unable to effect the game so far as they are being outnumbered by the Real Zaragoza defence.
Barcelona must be weary of the pace of Pongolle as the home side are playing a very high defensive line.
Doblas in action again as Xavi stings the goalkeeper's gloves with a shot from 25 yards.
Great play by Barcelona as Xavi picks out Pedro from a corner kick for the winger to hit the ball on the half volley towards goal but Doblas managed to palm the ball away from danger.
Barcelona are being granted slightly more space on the wings as the five man Zaragoza defence are playing very narrowly.
Very unlucky from Lionel Messi as Jiri Jarosik just intercepts what looked like a wonderful pass over the top to Xavi.
Not much incidence in the match so far, it has mainly been Barcelona passing the ball around the midfield area.
Zaragoza are defending fairly well at the moment, they are narrowing the play and Barcelona have been unable to penetrate their defence as of yet.
Zaragoza are a tall side so they may have some joy at set-pieces in the game.
Great hold up play from Pongolle to send Bertolo through to the right hand side but Gerard Pique comes in with a fantastic recovery tackle to send the ball out for a corner kick.
Zaragoza are having trouble keeping hold of the ball due to the intense pressing by Barcelona.
Bojan looks to be playing the central striker role in the early stages of the game.
Barcelona have already started to dictate the play and this will likely be the formula for the game for the next 90 minutes.
This is by no means Barcelona's best starting eleven so Zaragoza should draw confidence from this.
The match has kicked off and Barcelona will be strong favourites to win the match but they have been surprised at the Camp Nou this season against Hercules so perhaps Zaragoza can make a game of it.
This is the first eleven of Zaragoza: Doblas, Diogo, Jarosik, Lanzaro, Da Silva, Obradovic, Pinter, N'Daw, Ander, Bertolo, Sinama.
This is how Barcelona will be lining up tonight: Valdes, Alves, Piqué, Milito, Maxwell, Mascherano, Xavi, Keita, Pedro, Messi, Bojan.
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