Sunday April 14, 2013 Day 31 Finished Estadio La Romareda

Real Zaragoza 0 - 3 FC Barcelona

  • Thiago 20’
  • Tello 39’, 53’

  1. Liga - Ruthless Barcelona down Real Zaragoza

    Liga - Ruthless Barcelona down Real Zaragoza

    Cristian Tello scored twice as an under-strength Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win at struggling Real Zaragoza in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Real Zaragoza
    • FC Barcelona
    • 90+3' Plenty of jeers at La Romareda. No complaints for the home side. It's a 13-point lead for Barcelona at the top of La Liga. A simple win? Who impressed you? Leave a comment here, or you can tweet me (@rossdunbar93).
    • 90+3' FT: Real Zaragoza 0-3 Barcelona
    • 90' An extra three minutes still to play.
    • 89' Game fizzling out here. Zaragoza know they've been beaten by a class side tonight. Tello's goals were of the highest quality.
    • 87' Combination between Sergi Roberto and Alexis Sanchez at the edge of the box and the Chilean's shot across the body of Roberto was well saved.
    • 85' Strong run from Montanes on the left-wing and he managed to get a shot away which flew across Valdes' goal and flashed wide.
    • 83' Nice applause for David Villa on his return to La Romareda. A former players here before joining Valencia, then moving on to Barcelona.
    • 82' SUB: Tello off, Villa on.
    • 82' YELLOW: Dani Alves (Barcelona)
    • 82' YELLOW: Alvaro Rodriguez (Real Zaragoza)
    • 80' SUB: Xavi off, Roberto on.
    • 77' SUB: Adriano off, Abidal on.
    • 74' Good effort from Ruben Rochina. He shrugged off the challenge of Montoya, as he dribbled in from the right-flank, but his left-foot shot was struck with too much power. No problems for Valdes in the end. Barca hold a three-goal advantage.
    • 71' A rare effort on goal for Zaragoza. It was Apono standing over a free-kick to the left-corner of the penalty box, about 25 yards out. His right-foot effort had little quality and sailed over the bar.
    • 68' Cristian Tello is slipped through again by Thiago but the Spaniard couldn't loft the ball over Roberto. His brace tonight is his first for Barcelona in La Liga.
    • 63' Seconds on the pitch and Rochina has a good claim for a spot-kick. He sneaked round the back of a set-piece and picked up a late challenge from Bartra.
    • 62' SUB: Postiga off, Rochina on.
    • 59' Via @misterchip: Seven of Barca's last 13 goals have come from counter-attacking moves. Three of them in this game at La Romareda.
    • 56' A correction to an earlier post: Tello is actually their fourth-highest scorer behind Lionel Messi, David Villa and Cesc Fabregas. Still, very impressive.
    • 53' GOAL! Tello gets his second of the night, and his seventh of the season, with a brilliant shift of the ball from right to left and curl the ball home. Great individual goal. 3-0 Barca.
    • 50' Thiago Alcantara has been one of Barcelona's best performers tonight. Xavi's simple work is allowing Thiago to impact more in the attacking-half of the pitch. The first time he has scored and assisted in the same match this season. (From @optajose).
    • 48' Tello with a delightful inverted run behind Glenn Loovens and is picked out by Thiago, but it results only in a corner kick for Barca.
    • 46' Outstanding effort from Alexis Sanchez. Great dribbling on the right, then goes for the audacious lob over Roberto and the ball comes back off the bar.
    • 45' SUB: Rodriguez off, Orti on.
    • 45' Ready to go for the second-half? It looks like an uphill struggle for Zaragoza now.
    • 45+1' HT: Real Zaragoza 0-2 Barcelona (Thiago, Tello)
    • 45 One minute of added time indicated.
    • 44' According to @powertablesport, Barcelona have won 73% of their away matches in La Liga this season, and have lost 13%. But only 50% of Zaragoza's home matches in 2012/13 have produced over 1.5 goals.
    • 42' Zaragoza finding it difficult now. 4-0 on attempts at goal to Barcelona and Roberto manages to block another effort from Fabregas with his feet.
    • 40' That was Tello's sixth goal of the campaign. He is Barcelona's third top scorer this season. Impressive feat for the 21-year-old.
    • 38' GOAL! And there's the quality of Barcelona on the break. It's 2-0 to the Catalans. Cristian Tello holding his line to stay onside, before lashing past Roberto.
    • 37' As @incakolanews tweeted to me (@rossdunbar93), there does seem to be fragility in that Barcelona back-four. They'll need to improve ten-fold for their match with FC Bayern in the semi-finals.
    • 33' Penalty claim from the Zaragoza fans. Victor Rodriguez Romero went down, claiming an elbow from Barca's Alex Song. There looked to be nothing in that.
    • 31' Barcelona now beginning to assert some dominance on this game. Xavi being afforded huge spaces in midfield to keep the ball moving. Dani Alves pressing high on the right-hand side and delivering some direct cross-balls from deep.
    • 30' Alexis Sanchez might come in for some criticism about his performances at the Camp Nou, but he has been directly involved in five of their last six goals. (From @optajose)
    • 24' Unconvincing from the Barcelona defenders in dealing with a 70-yard long ball from Cristian Sapunaru. Former Spurs forward Postiga showed good strength to hold the ball up, although, the ball eventually eased through to Valdes.
    • 23' YELLOW: Movilla (Real Zaragoza)
    • 20' GOAL! 1-0 Barcelona. The league-leaders punish some slack football by the home side. Thiago leads the counter-attack, finds Sanchez, who gives the ball back to the midfielder and he guides the ball inside the far post. Good goal.
    • 18' Zaragoza winning the ball high up the pitch. Montanes cutting on to his weaker right-foot and his shot was deflected. It fell to Movilla on the opposite side who won a corner-kick for the hosts.
    • 16' First real intricate move from Barca. Alexis Sanchez pulls away from his marker to find space and pick out Tello who shoots high-and-wide.
    • 15' Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas scored his first career hat-trick last weekend against basement boys Real Mallorca at the Camp Nou. The former Arsenal man is playing in a similar attacking role at La Romareda.
    • 11' Goalless in the first 10 minutes - but Zaragoza are on top. Plenty of high-balls making life uncomfortable for Barcelona.
    • 9' Zaragoza quite happy to play a direct game here. Helder Postiga has been involved in a few aerial tussles, so far. It will be a testing evening for Adriano and Bartra at the back.
    • 6' The form-book doesn't bode well for Zaragoza. They have lost their last nine consecutive matches against Barcelona in La Liga. They've conceded an average of 3.3 goals a game in the process. (From @optajose).
    • 3' Real Zaragoza are enduring a torrid time of things in La Liga. No win since the end of December in the league, with just one victory, in all competitions, in 2013.
    • 2' Zaragoza were ready to spring a very quick breakaway there. Instead, Romero looks to lob Victor Valdes from the halfway line. It would have been a special goal, if it went over the Barca keeper.
    • 1' Barcelona already on the front-foot in the Zaragoza half. Rodrigo Tello with a gorgeous first touch to trap the ball out of the air, then went for the spectacular, but his bending effort went past the post.
    • 18:00 Both teams observing a minute's silence pre-match.
    • 17:58 La Romareda is ready. The two teams go through the handshakes. Zaragoza might just fancy their chances tonight with Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta missing. You saw his importance in midweek against PSG.
    • 17:57 TEAMS: ZARAGOZA: Roberto, Sapunaru, Loovens, Gonzalez, Paredes, Mari, Movilla, Romero, Rodri, Montanes, Postiga... Subs: Franco, Romaric, Apono, Oriol, Rochina, Garcia, Fernandez /// BARCELONA: Valdes, Alves, Bartra, Correia, Montoya, Song, Xavi, Thiago, Sanchez, Tello, Fabregas... Subs: Abidal, Villa, Pique, Olazabal, Pedro, Jonathan, Roberto
    • 17:53 Hi, I'm Ross Dunbar and I'll be following the action between Real Zaragoza and Barcelona. The hosts are in the bottom-three and desperate to close the gap on Granada and Deportivo above them. Let's hear your thoughts. Tweet me @rossdunbar93.
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    Manager: Manolo Jiménez

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    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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