Saturday, November 19, 2005
Barca mauls Real
The MOST EAGERLY AWAITED CLASH turned out to be a totally one sided affair with Barca dominating from the start.Two moments of magic from Ronaldinho crowned a dominant Barca performance in the Bernabeu that saw Rijkaards team run out clear 0-3 winners to go four points clear of Madrid at the top of La Liga, overtaking Osasuna, who drew at Getafe.
Barca went to Madrid on the back of a great run and they just took up where they had left off with a superb display of controlled attacking football that saw them leave the Bernabeu crowd stunned. Samuel Eto'o's first half strike was scant reward for the team's dominance in the first 45 minutes, but two brilliant individual goals from Ronaldinho in the second half made it a deserved 0-3 result.
After just 4 minutes Messi provoked a foul on the edge of the box, which Ronaldinho hit into the wall, then 10 minutes later he burst into the heart of the Madrid defence before laying the ball off for Eto'o to strike low past Casillas for the first . In truth, the Cameroon striker should have scored 5 minutes earlier after a magisterial pass from Ronaldinho had set him free behind a static Helguera, but he hit his shot wide across the face of goal.
Barca's total football simply overwhelmed the much vaunted Galacticos of Madrid and only Casillas stood between Barca and a goal feast as Messi, Eto'o ad Ronaldinho were all denied by the brilliant .
Barca came out for the second half showing if anything an even greater dominance over their hosts and Messi twice came close in the first ten minutes, before Ronaldinho showed just why he's the world's best player. Picking up the ball inside his own half he left the Madrid defence flailing in his wake as he sprinted into the box to fire past a helpless Casillas. It could easily have turned even worse for the hosts, had the ref seen a cynical trip in the box on Messi by Roberto Carlos, but really, Barca didn't need any penalties in this game. Not content with the magic of the second goal, Ronaldinho then repeated the trick a quarter of an hour later, again breaking in from the left and leaving Helguera and Sergio Ramos sprawling and shooting past the keeper for Barca's third.