Goal fest at the Riazor stadium

Deportivo La Coruna vs FC Barcelona 2012

Nobody expected the goal fest that the Riazor stadium witnessed last night and Deportivo’s supporters even went home proud of their team that put four goals past Victor Valdes.

Barca’s defense was undoubtedly shaky and without their star fullbacks, anything can happen. It was a night where Argentine Javier Mascherano got sent off, Cesc was magnificent and Messi, simply sublime. The fans who made the trip to La Coruña certainly got their money’s worth in a great game of football.

Within 18 minutes Barca already had 3 goals on the scoreboard thanks to Jordi Alba, Christian Tello and Leo Messi. Then it was Deportivo’s turn to score with Pizzi on 27 minutes and Álex Bergantiños on 37.

Messi still had fuel in the tank though, and on 44 minutes found the net again for the Catalan giants to make it 4 goals to 2 at half time.

After the break Barca found themselves a man down thanks to a double yellow shown to Mascherano for dangerous play. Mascherano is a very physical player and when he was in the Premier League, it was a rare site to see him still on the pitch at full time. Maybe he’s going back to his old ways!

Anyway, with Barca a man short, this gave Deportivo some added courage to run at Barca and Pizzi scored again for the home side making it 3-4 to Barca.

It then took Messi until minute 78 to make it 3-5 to FC Barcelona and virtually seal the game for the Catalans. It was short lived however as Jordi Alba stuck one in at the wrong end of the pitch and gifted Deportivo with a perilously close 4-5.

With ten minutes to go things looked a bit uncertain and Barca had to hang on for their three points, which they did. This is what the fans came to see; great footall ad a great show. With the prices of tickets nowadays, fans expect matches of this calibre and make themselves heard if it’s not the case.

We could say that Leo Messi was celebrating being a father a few days early. His wife is due to give birth to their first child any day now and the Argentine seemed to be celebrating already with his well-earned hat-trick.

Next week is Barca’s clash with Scottish outfit Celtic and the Argentine seemed to be warming up for the chance to repeat last night’s show against them.

It’s a Champions League match and anything can happen as we all know but I think it will be business as usual for Barca as they look to continue their unbeaten record this year in the UEFA tournament.

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    Valora en Bitacoras.com: It was certainly a goal fest last night against Deportivo at the Riazor stadium in which Barca had to pull everything out of the hat to beat them 4-5. Cesc was magnificent, as was Messi but Barca’s defense without their key p….