Saturday December 22, 2012 Day 17 Finished Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla

Real Valladolid 1 - 3 FC Barcelona

  • Guerra 89’
  • Xavi 43’
  • Messi 59’
  • Tello 90’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Valladolid
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+4 That's the final whistle - Barca close out the 3-1 win to stay nine points clear of Atletico.
    • 90+3 GOAL BARCELONA! With the hosts over-comitting, Tello races from halfway, super run and a fine low finish into the bottom right. 3-1!
    • 90+2 Pique fouls Balenziaga on the left - a last-gasp implosion from Barca maybe? No, free-kick given the other way. They'll waste some time with a late sub as Tello comes on for Pedro.
    • 90+1 Free-kick now for Valladolid, but Barca are able to get it clear.
    • 90' Can Barca hang on now? Seems strange to say that after this match. Three minutes added on.
    • 88' GOAL VALLADOLID! The sub Javi Guerra smacks in the rebound after Valdes brilliantly saved his initial header,
    • 87' A promising passing move ends when Valiente chests Alba's cross into his keeper's arms.
    • 85' Barca are happy just to knock things around nice and slowly as they play out the latter stages.
    • 83' BARCA SUB: Thiago comes off for Iniesta. Nice luxury swap.
    • 82' VALLADOLID: Damage limitation as Baraja comes on for Sastre.
    • 81' Barca overplay it as they keep passing it having cut the home defence apart about 20 seconds prior. Alves with an inexplicable backheel after being sent clean through. Odd.
    • 79' Fine ball from Rukavina again but Oscar misses his bicycle kick and Barca counter - Xavi just failing to find the unmarked Pedro.
    • 78' Rukavina with another fine run down the right but knocked behind for a corner by Pique.
    • 77' BARCA SUB: Great cheers as Villa replaces Alexis.
    • 76' Nice interplay by Messi and Thiago, now Xavi with a crossfield pass to Alves, he drills in a cross that Messi attacks with a header but nicked away by the defender!
    • 75' I lied, it was a throw. The ball is kept in the left corner until a diagonal ball from Omar is headed away by Alba.
    • 74' Valladolid are getting Balenziaga forward more and he wins a corner. They'll wait for Guerra to replace Manucho first though.
    • 73' After that briefly promising spell for Valladolid, Barca are back in charge. Good stuff from the hosts though.
    • 71' Another attack from the hosts, this time Rukavina down the right, but Barca deal with the cross and clear.
    • 70' A lovely cross from Balenziaga on the left wing, but it drops inches ahead of both Manucho and Pena.
    • 69' The ball is lofted in for Alexis again but Balenziaga manages to nod it clear.
    • 68' Pedro almost flicks a lofted ball in for Alexis but Rukavina chests it down to Dani. Good defending.
    • 66' VALLADOLID SUB: Pena on for Bueno. Both forward-minded players.
    • 65' The best the hosts can manage is hoofing it to touch. Barca coming forward in waves.
    • 64' Valladolid can barely get a touch. I can see Barca getting four or five here.
    • 62' Dani does really well to get back to his line and keep out the ball after he was caught stranded.
    • 60' That is also Messi's 25th Liga goal of the season. In 16 matches.
    • 59' GOAL BARCA! Seconds after a poor miss, Messi drills in his 91st of 2012, off the post and in. Lovely run and a fine low drive, set up by a deft Xavi backheel. Crumbs.
    • 58' TERRIBLE MISS FROM MESSI! He drags it yards wide from close range after Alexis did really well to hold it up for him.
    • 57' Valladolid with a rare passage of play as Pique limps about. Not sure what he did there.
    • 56' By the way, I'll be bringing you Malaga v Real Madrid later - the news from the Costa is that Iker Casillas has been left out by Real! Yikes! What do you make of that? Tweet me @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 55' Alves with a fine low ball for Sanchez, but it seems to spin through his legs and away to safety.
    • 54' That opening almost comes as Thiago and Alexis combine, but Valladolid get it clear.
    • 53' What to say? Barca are just stroking it around patiently waiting for the inevitable opening.
    • 52' Alves is lucky to get away with a rash leap into the back of Balenziaga as the rose for a header.
    • 50' Valladolid are struggling to get on the ball at all right now. Barca just passing them into submission.
    • 48' This could be a long second half for the hosts. Barca are chasing a 2012-ending display of power.
    • 47' BARCA HIT THE POST AGAIN! Pedro with the deft, flicked header from Alves's fine cross after Dani had forced him wide with a fine piece of keeping. Alves had been sent through.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
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    • 45+1 The half-time whistle goes and, after a promising start, Valladolid trail Barca 1-0 thanks to Xavi's goal.
    • 45+1 The flag is up on Pedro, who strays off centre-right.
    • 45' One minute added time to be played.
    • 44' Alexis with a poor pass as he looked to release Messi.
    • 43' Shade of offside about Alba as he got on to Messi's through-ball down the left. Valladolid point it out to the assistant but I can't be sure.
    • 42' GOAL BARCELONA! In a flash of Messi's boot the hosts are carved apart, Alba with a fizzing low ball across the face of goal and Xavi smashes a rasping finish into the the roof of the net.
    • 41' Barca back up to 69% possession now, more like their usual selves.
    • 40' Cynical shirt pull by Thiago, who is booked. Omar the victim.
    • 39' Alexis strays offside, just, after a nice pass from Busquets.
    • 38' Almost a great one-two between Alexis and Messi but the Argentine's final ball is behind the Chilean.
    • 36' Xavi is over this, as are Messi and Alves... AND MESSI HITS THE WOODWORK! Fantastic dipping effort from Messi, so much pace and movement and the keeper just watched it rebound off his right-hand post and away!
    • 35' Another booking as Thiago is tripped by Sereno on the edge of the box.
    • 34' Fine cross from Alves, landing to Messi at the back stick but straight at the well-placed Dani.
    • 33' Poor cross from Alves sails out for a goal kick. Barca starting to turn the screw after a bright start by the hosts.
    • 32' Alba pops up on th left wing, back to Xavi, Messi lays it off for Pique of all people, he finds Alves and it's a corner.
    • 31' Better from Barca now as they start to dominate possession. Ball from Alves on the right is cleared.
    • 30' Messi on the run, now he finds Thiago, who slips but keeps the ball alive.
    • 28' Messi flicks it wide for the overlapping Alba, but his cross swings into the arms of the keeper Dani.
    • 27' Xavi takes it, shooting with a bending effort around the wall, but the keeper watches it all the way as the ball drops wide.
    • 26' Busquets to Messi who is brought down about five yards from the box by Perez. Some backchat from Bueno, who is booked.
    • 25' Fine cross from Alves on the right but a diving Alexis fails to connect with the headed and it skips away from Alba!
    • 24' Manucho almost connects with a volley but he fails to get the shot away and Barca now clear.
    • 23' Goalmouth scramble as Barca threaten thanks to good play by Alexis but the hosts get it clear.
    • 22' Good play by Pedro on the left but he can't get the cross in. Sereno did well.
    • 21' The hosts are working hard in defence and attack - we've seen this before, against Real earlier in the season.
    • 20' Manucho is too rough on Alba for the ref's liking. Now Messi sends Alexis through but fine defending from Rukavina to put behind for a corner.
    • 19' 58% possession so far for Barca - a lot normally, but for Barca kind of low. They usually hit the 70s.
    • 18' Thiago gives it away though, Manucho races into space but Oscar's pass is poor, straight to Valdes.
    • 17' Handball in the Valladolid half, taken quickly and Messi has it but fouled by Perez, according to the ref.
    • 16' Manucho with a good ball wide to Omar but Mascherano gets back to clear.
    • 15' Manucho looks to connect to a cross from the right but handles and the ref blows up.
    • 14' Balenziaga's header from a raking ball upfield is well blocked by Alba. Actually quite the balanced start to the game so far.
    • 12' Very neat diagonal ball into the danger zone by Pedro out on the left but Hernandez anticipates it well and rushes out to claim.
    • 11' The freshly-shorn Messi takes it but his drive at goal is safely caught at the near post by Hernandez.
    • 10' Messi is pulled back by Valiente and the away side have a free-kick now, 28 yards from goal and just right of centre.
    • 8' Rukavina bursts free on the right but lets his touch loosen up and the ball goes out for a throw.
    • 7' Bueno plays an errant through pass into the Barca box at the other end and it's easy enough for Pique and co to clean up.
    • 6' The crowd at both ends of the stadium rise to their feet as Messi dribbles his way into the 'D' but he is outnumbered by two defenders and dispossessed.
    • 5' Messi almost connects at full stretch with Sanchez's low cross from the right! This is his final chance to add to his record 2012 tally of goals and that was a big opportunity - inches in it.
    • 4' Here come Barca now but some sharp passing play from Thiago and Sanchez in particular is eventually cut out by Rukavina.
    • 3' Jordi Roura of course in charge for the visitors today with Tito Vilanova undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for the return of a tumour.
    • 2' The home side, who are punching above their weight this season so far after winning promotion, begin with some confident possession against the undisputed kings of keep-ball.
    • 1' Valladolid kick off the first half.
    • - TEAMS - Valladolid: Hernandez, Rukavina, Sereno, Valiente, Balenziaga, Sastre, Perez, Oscar, Omar, Bueno, Manucho. Subs: Jaime, Neira, Baraja, Guerra, C.Pena, Rubio, R.Pena. /// Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Thiago, Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Messi, Sanchez. Subs: Pinto, Puyol, Villa, Iniesta, dos Santos, Montoya, Tello.
    • - Valladolid are currently sitting in 11th place on 22 points, fully 24 points behind their opponents today. It's fair to say the bookies do not fancy the hosts.
    • - Barcelona have a six-point lead at the top of La Liga with a game in hand on rivals Atletico Madrid, and they can extend that advantage this afternoon. Liga table
    • - Welcome to live text commentary of Barcelona's La Liga match against Real Valladolid at the Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 GOAL BARCELONA! With the hosts over-comitting, Tello races from halfway, super run and a fine low finish into the bottom right. 3-1!
    • 88' GOAL VALLADOLID! The sub Javi Guerra smacks in the rebound after Valdes brilliantly saved his initial header,
    • 81' Barca overplay it as they keep passing it having cut the home defence apart about 20 seconds prior. Alves with an inexplicable backheel after being sent clean through. Odd.
    • 70' A lovely cross from Balenziaga on the left wing, but it drops inches ahead of both Manucho and Pena.
    • 59' GOAL BARCA! Seconds after a poor miss, Messi drills in his 91st of 2012, off the post and in. Lovely run and a fine low drive, set up by a deft Xavi backheel. Crumbs.
    • 58' TERRIBLE MISS FROM MESSI! He drags it yards wide from close range after Alexis did really well to hold it up for him.
    • 47' BARCA HIT THE POST AGAIN! Pedro with the deft, flicked header from Alves's fine cross after Dani had forced him wide with a fine piece of keeping. Alves had been sent through.
    • 42' GOAL BARCELONA! In a flash of Messi's boot the hosts are carved apart, Alba with a fizzing low ball across the face of goal and Xavi smashes a rasping finish into the the roof of the net.
    • 36' Xavi is over this, as are Messi and Alves... AND MESSI HITS THE WOODWORK! Fantastic dipping effort from Messi, so much pace and movement and the keeper just watched it rebound off his right-hand post and away!
    • 34' Fine cross from Alves, landing to Messi at the back stick but straight at the well-placed Dani.
    • 25' Fine cross from Alves on the right but a diving Alexis fails to connect with the headed and it skips away from Alba!
    • 5' Messi almost connects at full stretch with Sanchez's low cross from the right! This is his final chance to add to his record 2012 tally of goals and that was a big opportunity - inches in it.
    • - TEAMS - Valladolid: Hernandez, Rukavina, Sereno, Valiente, Balenziaga, Sastre, Perez, Oscar, Omar, Bueno, Manucho. Subs: Jaime, Neira, Baraja, Guerra, C.Pena, Rubio, R.Pena. /// Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Thiago, Busquets, Xavi, Pedro, Messi, Sanchez. Subs: Pinto, Puyol, Villa, Iniesta, dos Santos, Montoya, Tello.
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    Manager: Miroslav Djukic

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