Barcelona beats Rayo and puts Getafe nightmare behind them

Barcelona FC beat Rayo Vallecano last night at the Camp Nou in typical winning style and put the misery of a loss at Getafe behind them. Let’s not get all excited though. We are talking about Rayo here and not Valencia – not even Real Madrid. Barcelona were at home and this was a classical comfortable win for them as four goals proves the point. Barcelona still have a lot to do before they can come away victorious from the Bernabéu on December 10th. Gerard Piqué kindly got himself a yellow card for time wasting so he is assured of his spot in the “classico” against Madrid. It seems to me that Barca has forgotten when Real Madrid team-mates were getting yellow cards last year, albeit a bit more cheekily but all the same nonetheless and the Catalans screamed blue murder because of this evil ploy in a bid to have their best players without yellow cards for the Real Madrid v Barcelona game. Double standards I think. Anyway, here’s a summary of last night’s game:

Barça responded in perfect fashion to defeat at Getafe, by tearing Rayo Vallecano apart at the Camp Nou to keep their Spanish League campaign very much alive. Guardiola’s side only needed 50 minutes to have the tie sewn up, in which time Alexis had scored a brace and Villa and Messi had added goals of their own. FC Barcelona are simply untouchable at the Camp Nou, where they were able to celebrate the club’s 112nd anniversary with yet another win.

The victory against Rayo, in a game brought forward due to the team’s forthcoming trip to Japan to play the Clubs World Cup, puts Barça back within three points of Real Madrid, who do have a game in hand.

Alexis breaks deadlock

Barça struggled to get into the game. The ball wasn’t flowing as they would have liked, while Rayo were solid at the back and had a tough keeper to beat in Cobeño. The visitors also managed to create chances of their own on the counter attack, with Lass especially dangerous on the end of some rapid Rayo moves. Mascherano can in particular be thanked for some crucial interventions. But the whole panorama changed when Alexis, in one of his first interventions in the play, finally put the Catalans ahead with a pinpoint effort that bounced in off the crossbar.

Sorted before the break

With a one goal lead, FC Barcelona managed to settle into their usual style, and the passing was far more accurate and effective than before. In one of these delightful combination moves, Messi threaded a through ball to Xavi, who following an unusual piece of ball control, laid the ball on a plate to Alexis, who scored his second. Rayo were clearly stunned by this further setback, and practically straight from the restart, in which Alves was allowed a ridiculous amount of space in which to manoeuvre, Villa was supplied with the ball and converted with ease. It was not half time, but it looked like this game was already over.

Messi makes it four

But Barça were in no mood to rest on their laurels, and the second half was barely under way before Messi and Alves set off a powerful run down the right, with the former finishing the blistering move with his side’s fourth goal of the night, finding his way past Javi Fuego with an amazing piece of skill. At 4-0, and with the home win now a certainty, the game lost in intensity and saw few chances created by either side

Guardiola made use of the final half hour to give some rest to Alexis, Xavi and Iniesta, who was fresh back from injury, to give a run out to three other key players in Cesc, Thiago and Adriano. Towards the end, Piqué was shown a yellow card, which means he will be suspended for the Spanish League’s game on Saturday against Levante. Original article here.

As was said above, Piqué will miss Barca’s last game against Levante before the crucial game at the Santiago Bernabéu on December 10th. And with a Real Madrid team that is much more “up for it” than recent years, it is going to be a memorable match I can assure you. Even with Barcelona’s 4-0 win against Rayo might not be enough to guarantee a win against the “merengues”.

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