Playing in the morning felt really good for Barca yesterday. They haven’t played a league match this early for a 100 years and yesterday they had an early lunch in the form of a 6-1 goal fest against Getafe. It was a nice way to welcome in the Chinese New Year for its Chinese supporters, too. Getafe must have thought they were fighting a real Chinese dragon after Sunday’s game.
Barca opened the floodgates on 6 minutes with Alexis Sanchez, who has been rusty this season. A beautiful diagonal cross from the left by Iniesta helped Alexis to take advantage and beat Codina – taking a load off his mind in the process. The anger with which Alexis celebrated the goal showed the Nou Camp how much he needed it. The player felt great afterwards and it showed on his face.
Messi was his usual self and found the back of the net in the 13th minute after a move between Iniesta and Thiago. From now on the morning started to look bleak for Getafe. The league leader had awakened and was hungry and it was a miracle that Barca didn’t put more goals on the scoreboard in the first half. Messi hit the post on 31 minutes and Thiago failed to score in front of goal just before half-time.
Goals were inevitable
Getafe defenders Alexis Ruano and Lopo tried to delay what was to become inevitable. Escudero, who’s a player to look out for in the future, also held up his end. Jordi Alba gifted David Villa a chance to make it 3-0 in the 58th minute with a fine pass. Villa, who also needed to score, put the ball through Codina’s legs.
With the game now in Barca’s favour and Adriano injured in the dugout, it mattered little to the referee not to give a clear penalty for Codina’s taking out of Chilean Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean went off the pitch to an ovation and was replaced by Tello on 73 minutes. It took just five minutes for Tello to find the fourth goal for Barca after some fine play by Leo Messi. The Argentine dragged Getafe’s defenders with him to leave Tello unmarked to place the ball with perfection into the back of the Getafe net.
Festival of goals at the end
Getafe got their consolation goal in the 83rd minute after a failed clearance by Jordi Alba. Alvaro Vazquez, who had replaced Colunga, took advantage of the Barca error and put the ball past Valdés.
That goal seemed to spur Barca and the team seemed to go up a gear. Iniesta’s goal on 90 minutes was the icing on the cake for him after a great performance on the pitch and served to highlight why Barca is simply the best.
But there was more to come, and in the 92nd minute Pique slotted home from an unselfish pass from Thiago. If it was offside or not, it didn’t really matter and the referee added 2 extra minutes to a game that was over from the beginning.