FC Barcelona took another win this past Sunday, beating Real Zaragoza 4-2. The victory ties BarA- – a with Real Madrid in points for the top spot; however, with goal differences, the Meringues are still in first place. Lionel Messi was, yet again, the star of the game. The Argentine scored 3 goals and led the 4th with a penalty aE” in short, he gave even more proof that he is the best player on the planet. Messi has scored 11 of Barcelona’s last 13 goals and now has 25 goals for the season, making him the best scorer in La Liga. Barcelona entered the game determined to control the ball and attack; Zaragoza focused on counterattacks and managing the movement of BarA- – a’s strikers. But Zaragoza’s game plan couldn’t have been worse. At minute 5, Messi scored the first goal, sending a header to open the score in favor of Barcelona, 1-0. From then on, Barcelona took control of the game, trying to maintain possession of the ball as long as possible against a rival that consistently ran behind the sphere.
And, already ahead in the score, Barcelona players were able to proceed calmly. For both teams, the only other approaches in the first half occurred on personal fouls and corner, but none afforded a clear shot. Zaragoza’s best aE” and only aE” opportunity to tie the game came at minute 17, when the Portuguese aEoeEliseuaE- – Pereira stepped into the area and finished off with a great shot. However, the ball was narrowly thwarted by Daniel Alves. In the last minutes of the first half, Zaragoza managed to gain control of the ball, but possession didn’t translate into any opportunities for the team. The half ended 1-0, in favor of the Azulgranas. In the second half, Zaragoza brought speed to the game, creating a greater sense of danger in Barcelona’s area with several corners. At the same time, however, the team left space open in the back, and BarA- – a, led by the spectacular Messi, took advantage.
At minute 66, the Argentine superstar was able to score a second time with an impressive play that beat the local goalkeeper and put the scoreboard to 2-0. Just twelve minutes later, Messi created yet another ingenious play, adding his third goal in the game, also the third goal for his team. At 3-0, victory was nearly guaranteed for the Azulgranas. But then appeared the figure of recent substitute Adrian Colunga to score two goals in just four minutes for Zaragoza; with only two minutes left, the score was at 3-2. But Messi then gained a penalty for BarA- – a after he was fouled in the area. The penalty was executed by the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who closed the scoring and ended Zaragoza’s illusions by ending the game at 4-2. At the end of the match, Barcelona’s coach, Pep Guardiola, stated that Messi’s performance has surged recently, defined by remarkable passing and brilliant timing. BarA- – a has been struggling in the last few games, but Messi brought the skill needed to win the last few games, scoring impressive goals. aEoeWith the team spirit we have got, maybe we would not be so brilliant without Messi, but we would respond as a squad. The secret is in him. He is happy and comfortable here and that is the success,aE- – said Guardiola.