Barca end Hospitalet’s luck in Copa del Rey

Hospitalet’s luck came to an abrupt end at the Camp Nou last night when Catalan giants Barcelona took on the minnows of the second division and tore them apart with a 9-0 victory. There could have been more goals and it looked at one stage that there was going to be a score of at least 12. Hospitalet were basking in the glory when they walked out but all they could do was defend and offer slight resistance to a Barca team that were up for a win. Here’s what CNA had to say about the game:

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 Barcelona (FCB). Barça secured their place in the next round of the Spanish Cup with a tremendous 9-0 rout of Hospitalet, with Pedro opening the scoring on 10 minutes and Iniesta, Thiago (2), Xavi, Tello (2) and Cuenca getting the rest. The victory, added to the 0-1 win at Hospitalet was only overshadowed by an injury to Iniesta, who will now be out for the next 15 days.

FC Barcelona go into the next round, alongside Valencia, Mallorca, Espanyol, Seville, Real Madrid, Malaga, Llevant, Osasuna, Real Sociedad, Racing, Athletic Club, Albacete, Alcorcón, Mirandés and Cordoba.

Stunning start

Josep Guardiola fielded 10 home grown players, only Pinto had not come up through the academy system, and the team showed how serious they were about the game from the off, going 3-0 up within the first 22 minutes: the first was a Pedro penalty, the next an Iniesta effort after Xavi had brilliantly put Cesc Fàbregas through and the third a lovely goal from Thiago after he won back a ball in midfield and shimmied through the visitors’’ defence.

Five in the first half

By half time it was five, but also by then Iniesta had had to call for a substitution after he’d knocked into the Hospitalet keeper and tests later revealed he’d be out for up to 15 days. He was replaced by Sergi Roberto, who came close to making it four almost immediately, but in the end it was Xavi who did just that, rounding off a lovely reverse pass from Cesc. And that was that for the Catalan midfielder who soon after his goal was replaced by Tello, who then went on to make it five, charging through from the midfield just a couple of minutes after coming on. Read the rest of this article here.

It was a great night at the Camp Nou and everyone got their money’s worth, I can assure you.I feel a bit sorry for Hospitalet because no team deserves to be beaten by such a margin even if they are Barcelona’s less affluent neighbours from up the road.

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