13 December 2010

Lionel Messi leads Barcelona to 9th straight win

FC Barcelona recorded their ninth consecutive win as they easily defeated Real Sociedad on Sunday evening to go back to the top of the table by registering an emphatic 5-0 win.Messi top scored by two goals and one each from David Villa, Andrés Iniesta and Bojan Krkic.

Messi threaded the ball to Pedro Rodriguez in the ninth minute, and Villa was alone to redirect the centering pass into the roof of goal for his ninth this season. Five minutes later, Real Sociedad went on their first and what would prove to be one of their few meaningful attacks for the game when Antoine Griezmann was released down the left wing, but his first touch let him down. Barcelona did manage to double their lead in the 33rd minute when Bravo let Iniesta slide a shot at the near post after a one-two between the Ballon D'Or nominee and Pedro. The keeper almost made another howler moments later when he made a hash out of a simple ball on the right side of the box.

The half-time interval provided a brief respite for la Real, but it was just a minute after the game began again that they went further behind. A move of around 27 passes culminated in Messi and Alves combining before the Argentinian passed the ball across the keeper and into the far corner of the net. Bravo looked bemused while his defense had to regroup once again and retain their shape to avoid conceding many, many more. The Camp Nou was happy, but slightly subdued as the points were secure and it was not until four minutes from time that the supporters were brought to their feet once more with a fourth goal. Messi was the player that provided not only the spark but also the flames and the smoke as he raced across the area as four Real Sociedad defenders looked on before sending the ball back into the opposite corner of the goal." It may look easy but it's not," Messi told Canal plus TV. "The truth is that things are working out and we're playing at such a high level."

In the 89th minute Bojan raced into the area and after seeing his first shot blocked he took another touch before driving the ball past Bravo. Another five goals racked up and the team headed back to the top of the table after two hours in second place.
The Blaugrana are enjoying their best moment of the campaign and scored five in a game for the sixth time this season, while Víctor Valdés beat his own personal best of minutes without conceding a goal. Messi also continued to add to his remarkable statistics by scoring his 42nd goals of 2010 and 27th goal of the current season.


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