Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Estadio Riazor

Deportivo La Coruña 4 - 5 FC Barcelona

  • Pizzi 26’ (pen.), 47’
  • Bergantiños 37’
  • Alba 79’ (o.g.)
  • Alba 3’
  • Tello 8’
  • Messi 18’, 43’, 77’

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  1. Liga: Messi treble thwarts rousing Deportivo fightback

    Liga: Messi treble thwarts rousing Deportivo fightback

    Lionel Messi scored his 21st hat-trick for Barcelona as the 10-man La Liga leaders scrambled an astonishing 5-4 win at Deportivo La Coruna. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Deportivo La Coruña
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' A frantic finish to the match. Deportivo press forward, but Barca hang on. Wonderful match, but Barca complete a 5-4 victory. A treble for Messi and three points to the visitors.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Montoya plays the ball out for a corner to the home side. The keeper comes up for a corner, but several Depor players are deemed to offside.
    • 87' Barca trying to run down the clock now by keeping the ball. But a bit of work to be done yet. Solid piece of defending by Alba at the back.
    • 86' Pedro fires a shot at goal. Frantic defending by the home side. Ball won't drop to Messi. Depor survive.
    • 85' Iniesta doing well to curb the run of Pizzi. Barca have a goalkick, but more importantly some respite.
    • 84' Messi is booked for pulling back the run of Laure. Messi protests his innocence, but the referee isn't interested.
    • 83' Castro inches wide from levelling at 5-5 with a crisp volley. Valdes wasn't getting there if it was on target.
    • 82' Change for Deportivo as Salomão replaces Riki.
    • 81' It is Xavi who tries his luck, but just over the bar. Deportivo try to push on again to rescue this match.
    • 80' Marchena takes out Iniesta with an uncompromising challenge on the edge of his box. Messi with the chance from the free-kick.
    • 79' It is 5-4 now. Astonishing finish to this match. The home side still alive. Truly bizarre match.
    • 78' GOAL! Jordi Alba somehow flicks the ball over his own goalkeeper Valdes. Great touch by Riki, but Alba send the ball into his own net trying to clear.
    • 77' Strangely enough, Deportivo seem to have toiled more against the 10 men than the 11. Curious twist.
    • 76' GOAL! Messi celebrates his 21st hat-trick for Barcelona. Surely that is the killer blow. Brilliant finish after a lovely run. Glorious finish. Barca lead 5-3.
    • 75' Nobody could have envisaged this scoreline when Barca raced into a 3-0 lead early on.
    • 74' Iniesta being hounded out of his stride by some decent pressing work by Laure.
    • 73' Adriano getting back to make sure a loose ball doesn't drop to a home player. Phew! Barca living dangerously here.
    • 72' Barca trying to take the sting out of his match with Xavi. Content to go all the way back to Valdes.
    • 71' Montoya produced a surging run moments ago, but could not pick out a team-mate. The home fans boo the Barca possession.
    • 70' Deportivo with a real counter attack of pace. Moving the ball going well going forward, but Barca work back to snuff out the danger.
    • 69' The Deportivo fans looking a bit anxious. They are aware how close their side is to grabbing something tangible from this match tonight.
    • 68' Deportivo could yet make another change here. Difficult to say if they will go for this in the final 20 minutes or so.
    • 67' Barcelona with almost 70 percent of possession as Pedro is felled by Alex Bergantiños.
    • 66' Iniesta is crowded out by Laure. Superb piece of defending by the home player. Deportivo collect around the halfway line.
    • 65' Cesc Fàbregas is the first player to have three assists in a league game this season. Really coming good for Barca in recent weeks.
    • 64' More enterprising play by Riki. Drove into the box, but can only send the shot straight into the arms of Valdes.
    • 63' Laure picks up a booking for a late challenge on Busquets.
    • 62' Valeron also departs the action with Camunas given the nod to add more bite to that home midfield.
    • 61' Xavi takes over from Fabregas, who makes way despite a brilliant outing.
    • 60' Pizzi comes inside. Clever play, but his shot from distance is well held by Valdes, who has not been the most convincing of characters this evening.
    • 59' Looks like Barca are going to bring on Xavi here. This match not going according to plan for Barca. Plenty of times for more goals at both ends.
    • 58' Valeron is booked for pulling back Iniesta. Can have no complaints about that one.
    • 57' Lovely pass by Fabregas. Right into the path of Pedro, but he hooks the shot wide. Golden chance of a fifth goal not taken.
    • 56' Tello is going to depart the action to be replaced by Pedro.
    • 55' These are hairy moments for Barca, but they remain in with a chance while Messi is on the park.
    • 54' Laure supporting his attackers, but Jordi Alba races back to make the interception.
    • 53' Villa departs to be replaced by Adriano for Barcelona. First change of the day for them.
    • 52' Messi clips the inside of a post with a free-kick. Brilliant effort with the keeper beaten. So unfortunate for Messi.
    • 51' A booking for Ayoze after he went straight through Messi. Free-kick chance from 25 yards out. Messi standing over it.
    • 50' The slow walk then for Mascherano to the dressing room. Bad decision by the referee seeing replays of that incident.
    • 49' RED CARD FOR MASCHERANO! Barca are down to 10 men. Drama here as Riki goes down. Was a harsh red, but what a chance now for the home side.
    • 48' What a start to the second half. Deportivo back from 3-0 down to 4-3 behind. More goals in this game with neither side convincing in defence.
    • 47' GOAL! Pizzi sends a stunning free-kick into the corner of the net from distance. A brilliant free-kick from 25 yards. Right in the postage stamp. Valdes never got there. 4-3 now.
    • 46' Off we go then in the second half. Will there more be goals? Let us find out.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. A 4-2 lead for Barca.
    • 44' We are into one minute of time added on to the half.
    • 43' Marchena does well to get some leather on the ball to clear the cross by Tello. Vital interception.
    • 42' Barca devastating going forward. Brilliant attacking move and the visitors get their reward with another goal. Another bout of silence. That quells the home fans.
    • 41` GOAL! Messi darts onto the ball from Fabregas and whacks the ball across Daniel Aranzubía. No chance for the Deportivo keeper. A 4-2 lead now for Barca.
    • 40' An offside flag goes up against Riki. This game really opening up now. Both sides going for it. Deportivo have come to the party.
    • 39' The Celtic manager Neil Lennon will be heartened by what is going on there. Just shows what can happen when you get at Barca's backline.
    • 38' Busquets taken out of the game late by Alex Bergantiños, who is booked for that challenge.
    • 37' Alba doing superbly well to win the ball from Laure. Barca suddenly in a real dogfight to lead at the break. What a transformation.
    • 36' Gama taken out of the action late by Iniesta, who is rightly booked for that challenge.
    • 35' That Barca defence is suspect and then some. Deportivo right up to the pace of this match now. Barca rattled.
    • 34' GOAL! Alex Bergantiños drives the ball into the net. The home side right back in this. Valdes can't keep out the shot. Awful goalkeeping amid some horrid defending. A 3-2 lead now for Barca.
    • 33' Valeron on the ball for the home side before normal service is resumed seconds later with Barca collecting.
    • 32' Daniel Aranzubía with the goalkick down the park. Deportivo seem to be a lot livelier than earlier on as Riki just runs the ball out of play.
    • 31' Fabergas slides the ball out wide. The visitors continue to pass like their lives depends upon it.
    • 30' Song doing enough to stop Bruno Gama getting a shot at goal before Valdes whips it long down the park.
    • 29' Fabregas darts back to win the ball from Pizzi. Barca back on the ball. Seeking a fourth to establish that three-goal lead again.
    • 28' Laure sees his attempted cross cut out. Riki gets up again in the middle, but heads wide of goal. Montoya and Song none too clever in the middle.
    • 27' Barca don't really do defending. None too clever when they are being pinned back.
    • 26' GOAL! Pizzi places the ball into the corner of the net with Valdes going the wrong way. A 3-1 lead now for Barca. Perhaps life in this match yet.
    • 25' PENALTY TO DEPORTIVO! Riki taken out late by Mascherano's tackle. Clear penalty. The former Liverpoool man clearly inside his area.
    • 24' Daniel Aranzubía makes a superb stop to deny Messi after he was played in by Villa. Lovely stuff again by Barca.
    • 23' Valdes tips a shot over the bar before Marchena nods over from the corner. On we go with the score at 3-0 in Barca's favour.
    • 22' Flag goes up against Riki as he hits a post with a header from Laure's cross. Should have scored, but it wouldn't have counted.
    • 21' Lionel Messi has scored or assisted in more goals in Europe's top five leagues this season - eight goals and four assists.
    • 20' Mascherano is booked for a crashing late tackle on Riki. Silly challenge to make. Didn't have to commit to that.
    • 19' Barca with four shots in this match, three on target and three goals. Doesn't get much better than that. This is a demolition.
    • 18' This could get embarrassing here for Deportivo if they do not get closer to Barca, who look like they can score every time they hurtle up the park.
    • 17' GOAL! Messi slams the ball high into the net from Fabregas's backheel. Brilliant finish from Messi. Barca lead 3-0. What a finish.
    • 16' Barca will get the chance to rest a few faces for the Champions League match with Celtic if this continues to go the way it is going.
    • 15' Barca with over 70 percent of possession. This is like a home match as Messi plays in Villa before Tello drills the cross out at the other side of the park.
    • 14' Pizzi with an intelligent ball into the middle looking for Riki. Just offside as Valdes comes off his line to punch away.
    • 13' Iniesta gives the ball away, but Barca work so hard to win it back as Messi collects. Barca recycle with such ease.
    • 12' Messi has his pocket picked for once by a home defender. Deportivo yet to get forward with any real meaning here. Easier said than done when you are seeing so little of the ball.
    • 11' Daniel Aranzubía doing just enough to claw out the cross from Iniesta. Deportivo being dragged all over the place here.
    • 10' This could be a cricket score if Deportivo don't square themselves up. Barca enjoying this almost like it is a training session.
    • 9' Fabregas skips through the middle. Was clearly onside as he knocked the ball wide, but somehow the referee deems him to be offside. Shocking decision.
    • 8' Riazor is sold out tonight, but it has all gone very quiet. Deportivo being dismantled here.
    • 7' GOAL! Tello knocks the ball through the goaleeper's legs from Messi's pass and that is a 2-0 lead for Barca. All too easy here.
    • 6' David Villa has netted a goal every 36 minutes in the league this season, the best rate among all players in La Liga (+2 goals).
    • 5' Iniesta brushes Laure off the ball, but a clear foul and Deportivo have a spot of breathing room.
    • 4' Celtic manager Neil Lennon watching this match tonight ahead of their meeting with Barca in the Champions League on Tuesday. Plenty of food for thought.
    • 3' GOAL! Alba nets the opening goal from the pass by Fabregas. Brilliant move and finish. Barca lead 1-0 away from home. The home defence cut wide open.
    • 2' Barca doing what Barca do best as Busquets picks out David Villa with a lovely long pass.
    • 1' Off we go then with this match. Barca looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season in the league.
    • 20:55 Barcelona started the day level with Atletico Madrid on 19 points but crucially eight ahead of Real Madrid. However, Madrid won at Celta so have cut the gap to five.
    • 20:50 TEAMS: Depor: Aranzubia, Castro, Laure, Ayoze, Marchena, Bergantinos, Pizzi, Tapias, Gama, Riki, Valeron. Subs: Lux, Evaldo, Oliva, Dominguez, Camunas, Salomao, Oliveira. /// Barcelona: Valdes, Mascherano, Alba, Montoya, Song, Fabregas, Iniesta, Busquets, Villa, Messi, Tello. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Xavi, Alexis, Dos Santos, Adriano, Pedro.
    • 20:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Liga game between Deportivo and Barcelona at the Riazor.
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL! Jordi Alba somehow flicks the ball over his own goalkeeper Valdes. Great touch by Riki, but Alba send the ball into his own net trying to clear.
    • 76' GOAL! Messi celebrates his 21st hat-trick for Barcelona. Surely that is the killer blow. Brilliant finish after a lovely run. Glorious finish. Barca lead 5-3.
    • 57' Lovely pass by Fabregas. Right into the path of Pedro, but he hooks the shot wide. Golden chance of a fifth goal not taken.
    • 52' Messi clips the inside of a post with a free-kick. Brilliant effort with the keeper beaten. So unfortunate for Messi.
    • 49' RED CARD FOR MASCHERANO! Barca are down to 10 men. Drama here as Riki goes down. Was a harsh red, but what a chance now for the home side.
    • 47' GOAL! Pizzi sends a stunning free-kick into the corner of the net from distance. A brilliant free-kick from 25 yards. Right in the postage stamp. Valdes never got there. 4-3 now.
    • 41` GOAL! Messi darts onto the ball from Fabregas and whacks the ball across Daniel Aranzubía. No chance for the Deportivo keeper. A 4-2 lead now for Barca.
    • 34' GOAL! Alex Bergantiños drives the ball into the net. The home side right back in this. Valdes can't keep out the shot. Awful goalkeeping amid some horrid defending. A 3-2 lead now for Barca.
    • 26' GOAL! Pizzi places the ball into the corner of the net with Valdes going the wrong way. A 3-1 lead now for Barca. Perhaps life in this match yet.
    • 25' PENALTY TO DEPORTIVO! Riki taken out late by Mascherano's tackle. Clear penalty. The former Liverpoool man clearly inside his area.
    • 24' Daniel Aranzubía makes a superb stop to deny Messi after he was played in by Villa. Lovely stuff again by Barca.
    • 17' GOAL! Messi slams the ball high into the net from Fabregas's backheel. Brilliant finish from Messi. Barca lead 3-0. What a finish.
    • 7' GOAL! Tello knocks the ball through the goaleeper's legs from Messi's pass and that is a 2-0 lead for Barca. All too easy here.
    • 3' GOAL! Alba nets the opening goal from the pass by Fabregas. Brilliant move and finish. Barca lead 1-0 away from home. The home defence cut wide open.
    • 20:50 TEAMS: Depor: Aranzubia, Castro, Laure, Ayoze, Marchena, Bergantinos, Pizzi, Tapias, Gama, Riki, Valeron. Subs: Lux, Evaldo, Oliva, Dominguez, Camunas, Salomao, Oliveira. /// Barcelona: Valdes, Mascherano, Alba, Montoya, Song, Fabregas, Iniesta, Busquets, Villa, Messi, Tello. Subs: Pinto, Bartra, Xavi, Alexis, Dos Santos, Adriano, Pedro.
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  • Deportivo La Coruña

    Manager: José Luis Oltra

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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  1. messi's the best man.. no one can beat that.. 21­ hat tricks just for barca mahn

    From Iram :), on Mon 22 Oct 17:19
  2. barca,should stop using their goal keeper plse.

    From Steaky, on Mon 22 Oct 13:27
  3. ANTI-BARCA! SUCKSUCKSUCK!

    From Matti, on Mon 22 Oct 1:51
  4. all you idiots who gives and say anything and­ everything just to get Messi in their team, EPL is one­ big #$%$. why would Messi want to leave the best team­ in the world just to come to your stupid EPL. all your­ english teams cant match with Spanish football. so why­ don't you just shut the hell up. he is kicking all your­ #$%$ already with Barca so buzz off

    From Amir, on Sun 21 Oct 16:04
  5. What a match!!! Masch's red card was very harsh.­ Messi hands down best player in the world. Ronaldo­ really isn't a patch on him at all

    From Yaldy, on Sun 21 Oct 13:52
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    messi is god??messi is alien??so rubbish talk...put him­ in PL n let see how its going....such a soft league la­ liga is...i'm sick to see la liga anymore..

    From Kura, on Sun 21 Oct 13:49
  7. messi is better than the whole of liverpool

    From christopher, on Sun 21 Oct 8:33
  8. Visca Barcaaa!!! David Villa

    From maka, on Sun 21 Oct 7:02
  9. Barca is strong in attack buf it comes prices with­ their weak defend...

    From Anonymous, on Sun 21 Oct 2:51
  10. Visca mighty ,mighty BARCA spearheaded by the­ imperious,majestic King LIONEL MESSI !

    From Tambavakachenjera Pasipaipa, on Sun 21 Oct 1:43
  11. We have to play Barca on Tuesday and no doubt Messi­ will tear us apart but there is hope as their defence­ is very shaky! But what a fantastic game of footie. It­ doesn't get much better than this. Hail Hail!!!

    From John L, on Sun 21 Oct 1:43
  12. Lets see The shrimp Hormone taker Messi pull this #$%$­ in the Italian or any other league.

    From Chuck, on Sat 20 Oct 23:58
  13. 8 PTS!!!! VISCA BARCA!!!!

    From Christian, on Sat 20 Oct 23:09
  14. valdes valdes valdes, i thought when goal keepers gets­ older the become more good but your own is exptional­ you always bring barca to the crying or panicking side­ pls barca offcials you should do something about this­ before another great loss comes your way agian every­ body is improving while u ar not, wake up valdes

    From George, on Sat 20 Oct 23:05
  15. Mark have you ever seen anything like this, the greate­ messi getting goal after goal and valdes mascherano and­ Alba keep getting us in troble. i meen when will this­ stop. we can't use these errors if we are to bring­ back the cup home. Still we won. thanks god, this way­ people like that gay Ben see who laughs last. VIVA­ BARCA VIVA THE GREATE ALMIGHTY MESSI

    From Amir, on Sat 20 Oct 23:02
  16. Messi is god, gold balloon for MESSI!

    From nt, on Sat 20 Oct 22:57
  17. what a match, good show indeed with messi stealing the­ show once again

    From George, on Sat 20 Oct 22:54
  18. haha..ten man barca still won..some goals from­ deportivo are error from barca!thanks they won..messi­ the best!

    From skie, on Sat 20 Oct 22:54
  19. Am glad it is over. Good result any way. We can allow­ them to close the gap

    From Bashir, on Sat 20 Oct 22:51
  20. Hands down to Deportivo, it's hard to believe that­ they are only 18th league. Looked good, like the good­ old one who won La Liga in 2001.

    From Martis, on Sat 20 Oct 22:50
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