Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 32 Estadio La Romareda

Real Zaragoza v FC Barcelona

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  1. Zaragoza v Barcelona: LIVE

    Zaragoza v Barcelona: LIVE

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  • Live Commentary

    • - That Messi is handy, isn't he? Let me know what you thought of his achievement on Twitter. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 90+4' FULL TIME. Barcelona win 4-1 as Messi moves onto 60 for the season. Just an incredible feat. Barca now three points behind Madrid.
    • 90+3' GOAL! Real Zaragoza 1-4 Barcelona! Pedro adds a fourth with a composed finish from close range. Messi with the assist.
    • 90+1' Montoya foes into the book for Barcelona.
    • 90' Xavi comes on for Fabregas for the closing stages.
    • 89' Messi almost has another, only to be denied by a fine sliding challenge from Da Silva.
    • 87' Stat from Infostrada: "Messi becomes first player to score 60+ goals in single season for European top flight club since Gerd Müller scored 67 for Bayern in 72-73."
    • 86' GOAL! Real Zaragoza 1-3 Barcelona! There is is! Messi reaches 60 for the season in all competitions when hammering the ball down the middle of the goal from 12 yards. What an achievement.
    • 85' Penalty to Barcelona! Paredes brings down Sanchez in clumsy fashion.
    • 83' Lanzaro goes into the book for a poor challenge on Pedro. Late and hard.
    • 81' How does Messi not score? He races onto a ball over the top from Fabregas and with Roberto going to ground the finish is somewhat indulgent as he lifts the ball over the keeper and over the bar from close range. His anguished response says it all. That was number 60 for the season on a plate.
    • 79' Sanchez gets kicked and is in some pain for Barcelona.
    • 78' Wonderful interplay between Messi and Fabregas as the former slips a pass to the latter, who then lifts the ball over the defence to return the favour. Messi wins a corner but Zaragoza clear.
    • 77' Zuculini volleys in a cross from the right but it doesn't cause Barca a problem as the ball soars over.
    • 75' What a pass from Messi. What a pass. The forward opens up the Zaragoza defence with a wonderful diagonal ball for Sanchez and instead of shooting he dinks the ball across for Fabregas, who stretches but cannot reach the cross with his head.
    • 73' Montoya sticks his leg in and Postiga goes to ground in the box but no penalty is awarded. Replays suggest he got a touch on the ball.
    • 71' As things stand, Barcelona will be moving to within three points of Real Madrid, who will play their game in hand at home to Valencia on Sunday.
    • 69' Martin Montoya comes on for Alves at right-back for Barcelona.
    • 68' What a pass from Messi. He spots a run from Pedro and lifts the ball over the defence for the forward, who is ruled offside when poking a shot at goal. However, replays show he wasn't.
    • 66' Zaragoza make a double change as Helder Postiga replaces Aranda in attack and Maurizio Lanzaro comes on for Obradovic.
    • 65' Messi twists and turns in the box before getting involved in a tetchy row with Paredes.
    • 63' What a chance! Messi with a quite brilliant reverse pass to find Sanchez on the right of the box. His first touch takes the ball away from Paredes and then his firm low effort is palmed out by Roberto.
    • 62' Micael does well to hit the byline but his low cross from the left cannot pick out Aranda, lurking with intent in the middle.
    • 60' Barca construct a lovely move involving Sanchez, Messi and Fabregas before the midfielder tries to dink a ball into the box for Thiago. He goes to ground weakly under contact from Alvarez.
    • 59' Messi takes the free kick and sees his effort take a deflection off the wall before rolling to Fabregas, who has a shot from a tight angle saved by Roberto.
    • 58' Adriano and Micael are both shown yellow cards for their part in the flare-up.
    • 58' Trouble erupts before the free kick is taken as players have to be pulled apart from each other. It isn't immediately clear what sparked the shoving.
    • 57' Barca with the first change of the night as Busquets comes on for Keita, who had been booked.
    • 56' Barca with the first change of the night as Busquets comes on for Keita, who had been booked.
    • 55' Aranda tries to pull out the tricks to negotiate his way through a group of Barca players but doesn't quite have the technique.
    • 54' Now it is the turn of Micael to go down in pain after a challenge from Fabregas. However, he springs to his feet. Fabregas did go in high on his opponent and probably should have been booked.
    • 53' Replays show that Lafita's header struck the arm of Keita but you could hardly construe it as deliberate as he had his back to the ball.
    • 52' Obradovic is felled by a hard but firm challenge from Thiago and rolls around in pain. However, he appears fine to continue.
    • 50' Now Lafita gets to a free kick but sees his header blocked as Barca soak up more pressure. This has been an excellent start to the second half for the hosts.
    • 48' Zaragoza threaten! Ivan Obradovic collects a clever back-heel from Aranda to break through on goal but hammers his shot over the bar.
    • 47' Zaragoza coach Manolo Jimenez protests against a challenge from Thiago too vociferously and is sent to the stands as a result!
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Aranda, who missed a penalty, gave Zaragoza the lead but goals from Messi and Puyol have Barca in control against the 10-man hosts.
    • 45+2' We are nearing the end of the two minutes of added time and Roberto clasps a free kick from Messi.
    • 45+1' Messi takes the resulting free kick but Roberto is off his line to punch away for Zaragoza.
    • 45' Abraham shown a second yellow card! The left back is penalised for a blatant pull on the shirt of Sanchez. That is a silly one.
    • 44' Lafita takes aim but his shot takes a deflection and rolls into the arms of Valdes. Barca look set to take their lead into the break.
    • 44' Keita goes into the book just before the break for Barca.
    • 43' Barcelona have enjoyed 71 per cent possession so far.
    • 41' Replays show that Alves caught Micael's shot flush in the face. That will have hurt a lot.
    • 40' Barcelona now have 159 in all competitions this season, setting a new Spanish record. Not bad.
    • 39' GOAL! Real Zaragoza 1-2 Barcelona! Messi with a stunning finish to make it 59 in all competitions this season. Barca break as Alves collapses after taking a shot to the face and Messi jinks away from a challenge in the box before slamming his shot into the top corner.
    • 37' Barca don't particularly deserve to be level, but level they are. Roberto at fault for the equaliser.
    • 36' GOAL! Real Zaragoza 1-1 Barcelona! Fabregas puts the corner into the box and Roberto makes an error as he can only turn the ball into the path of Puyol, who reacts well to poke the ball home.
    • 36' Barca go close! Sanchez produces a wonderful piece of control with his chest and sees a firm effort saved by Roberto. Fabregas then sees his follow-up deflected wide for a corner.
    • 35' Abraham Minero goes into the book for bringing down Sanchez on the left wing. It seems a touch harsh.
    • 34' Adriano gets to the byline and fires in a decent cross but Javier Paredes prevents a Barca player from getting on the end of it.
    • 33' Stat from Opta: "Zaragoza have scored in 11 of their last 12 top-flight games at home to Catalonian sides (except for 0-2 vs Barcelona in October 2010).
    • 32' Well, it came in rather farcical circumstances but you can't say Zaragoza don't deserve to be in front. Barcelona struggling again on the road.
    • 31' GOAL! Real Zaragoza 1-0 Barcelona! Aranda beats the offside trap to sneak behind the Barca defence and slots his shot against Valdes. The ball bounces off the keeper and back against the head of Aranda, with Carles Puyol unable to prevent it crossing the line!
    • 29' Stat from Opta: "Zaragoza have lost their last seven league games against Barcelona, conceding an average of 3.29 goals per game."
    • 28' Zuculini goes into the book for a rather clumsy challenge.
    • 27' Sanchez tries to thread a pass through the Zaragoza defence but sees it cut out. Barca have been far from their best in the final third tonight.
    • 26' Adriano clatters into Franco Zuculini and the Zaragoza man requires treatment.
    • 25' Just to return to the penalty, Lafita just got to the ball ahead of Valdes and although he pushed it far away from himself and wide of the keeper, Valdes did make contact to bring the midfielder to ground.
    • 24' Valdes saves! Aranda with a weak, weak penalty and the Barca keeper dives to his left to keep the ball out. From the rebound, Zaragoza see a shot deflected up onto the woodwork!
    • 23' Zaragoza hit the post through Aranda and when the ball rolls loose, Victor Valdes brings down Lafita to give away a penalty.
    • 22' Here is a real stat, from Opta: "Zaragoza are unbeaten in three league games at home (W2 D1), avoiding defeat in this match would make it four without defeat for the first time this season."
    • 21' Messi tries to catch Gago out with a quick free kick but the keeper spots the cheeky attempt and comes across to catch.
    • 20' Barca monopolising possession as you would expect. The last time they failed to get 50 per cent possession in a game, Cesc Fabregas was two years old. Maybe.
    • 18' Chance for Barca! Alves picks out Messi with a lovely ball over the top and the forward turns neatly before seeing his low effort deflected over the bar by Paulo Da Silva. Gago punches clear from the corner.
    • 17' A long ball over the top for Pedro but Roberto Gago comes off his line to collect.
    • 16' Alves allows Aranda a sniff of the ball but just about skips away from the striker under pressure 20 yards from goal. Risky defending, but that is what you expect from Barcelona and it's fun to watch.
    • 15' Keita loses possession allowing Zaragoza to break, but Mascherano comes across to challenge Lafita in the box and give away a corner. Fine defending.
    • 13' By the way, Barcelona have scored 157 goals in all competitions, one short of the record for a Spanish club. They could well break that record tonight.
    • 12' Thiago finds Messi with a clever first-time pass but the forward, on 58 goals for the season, loses possession with a sloppy return.
    • 11' However, the Brazilian right-back thumps his shot into the wall. It's a disappointing effort and the benched Xavi would probably have done much better.
    • 10' Adriano dives away from one challenge and then is brought down by Adam Pinter 20 yards from goal. Alves stands over it...
    • 9' Stat from Opta: "Messi has scored five goals in Barcelona’s last four league games on the road: he had scored just four in 11 this season before this."
    • 7' Dani Alves spots the run of Messi and lifts the ball over the top of the Zaragoza defence, but the forward is around five yards offside.
    • 5' What a chance! Carlos Aranda is guilty of a huge miss for Zaragoza. A low cross from Ruben Micael comes in to the striker in front of goal but as he swings and misses the ball hits his standing leg. It should be 1-0.
    • 4' Stat from Opta: "Barcelona have scored exactly two goals in each of their last five league away games."
    • 3' Javier Mascherano is penalised for a foul on Lafita but Zaragoza fail to make anything of the free kick.
    • 2' Barcelona are lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, rather than the back three that they have adopted at times this season. An early chance as Alexis Sanchez crosses for Lionel Messi but can't find his team-mate.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 19:00 Some quick stats before kick-off: Zaragoza have lost their last seven league games against Barcelona, conceding an average of 3.29 goals per game. Barcelona have won their last eight league games: they had not won more than three in a row before this season.
    • 18:55 Barcelona make extensive changes from the side that beat Milan. Adriano replaces Gerard Pique at the back, while Thiago, Keita, Sanchez and Pedro come in for Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi and Cuenca. Guardiola making full use of his squad this week.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Zaragoza: Gago, Paredes, Da Silva, Minero, Alvarez, Zuculini, Pinter, Obradovic, Lafita, Aranda, Micael. Subs: Franco, Lanzaro, Barrera, Dujmovic, Carlos, Postiga, Oriol. /// Barcelona: Valdez, Alves, Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano, Keita, Fabregas, Thiago, Pedro, Sanchez, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Cuenca, Tello.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the Liga game between Real Zaragoza and Barcelona, who in midweek defeated AC Milan to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. If they win tonight they will move to within three points of leaders Real Madrid.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Zaragoza

    Manager: Manolo Jiménez

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Josep Guardiola

Real Zaragoza’s last 5 results

FC Barcelona’s last 5 results

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