Saturday, November 19, 2005

Gol Eto'o! Gol Ronaldinho! Gol Ronaldinho! 0-3 Barca

Florentino Perez, David Beckham, Arrigo Sacchi, Wanderley Luxemburgo, Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, Fernando Hierro, King Juan Carlos, Ivan Zamarano, Raul Gonzales Blanco, Jorge Valdano, Lorenzo Sanz, Santiago Bernabeu; your boys took one hell of a beating!

What a performance! Ronaldinho was simply sensational, Messi (playing licence yet to be annuled) turned Roberto Carlos inside out, Eto' scored a fantastic opener to silence the fascista crowd who'd been booing him from the beginning. Xavi and Edmilson ran the midfield against the hopeless Pablo Garcia whos only contribution was elbowing Deco in the face. Puyol and Marquez dealt effortlessly with a fat unfit Ronaldo, an over-hyped, overly elaborate cry baby in Robinho and a non-entity in Raul.

Real were awful. Their best player by a mile was Casillas who kept the scoreline somewhat respectable with great saves from Eto'o and Messi in the first half to esure it stayed 0-1 at the break. Chica gordo Sergio Ramos was appaling, with Ronaldinho blowing past him for both his goals like he wasn't there. Helguera was crocked and slow. Zidane and Becks were poor, though Becks did at least try.

From the jump off the game was Barcas, Real never once (bar an offside goal from fat Ron late on) threatened to make a game of it, they looked beaten from the moment Eto'o scored. The goal, created by Leo Messi cutting inside past Carlos, came on 15 minutes. For the next half hour Barca battered their way past Real and created several openings without putting them away, Deco, Xavi, Messi, Eto'o, Ronaldinho all had a go.

The second half was more of the same, Barca amazing, Ronaldinho powering his way through Reals all-at-sea defence, Messi being fouled out of it everytime he got the ball, Real huffing and puffing and never getting close to the blaugrana. Raul came off injured mid way through the half and Guti came on to very little effect. Ditto Baptista, who replaced the rubbish Pablo Garcia.

The result, coupled with Osasunas 0-0 draw puts Barca top on goal difference (+19) and even after 12 games, it's very hard to see them being caught by anyone, especially not Real who are in need of an almighty kick up the arse after this shambles of a performance.

So there you have it folks, Barcelona put Real to the sword with brilliant ease. Forca Barca!

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