First Division - Day 3

Racing Santander 0 - Barcelona 3

Racing: Toño; Pinillos, Rubén, Oriol, Luis Fernández; Vitolo, Colsa (Antonio Tomás 75'); Cristian Alvarez (Juanjo 56'), Felipe Melo, Munitis; Zigic (Aganzo 71'). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Zambrotta, Puyol (Oleguer 62'), Márquez, Sylvinho; Xavi, Edmilson, Deco; Messi (Giuly 64'), Eto'o (Gudjohnsen 80'), Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Racing: Oriol, Cristian Alvarez, Zigic for Pablo Alfaro, Balboa, Juanjo / Barça: Puyol for Thuram.

0-1. 15. Eto'o. Speculative long shot which went through hands of Toño.
0-2. 83. Giuly. Cut in past two defenders and whipped ball inside near post.
0-3. 91. Ronaldinho (penalty). After Toño sent off for foul on Gudjohnsen.

Barcelona beat Racing Santander 0-3 to make it three wins in a row, and they share the lead at the top of the table with Sevilla and Valencia. However they didn't get off to the best of starts, the hosts coming out of the starting blocks hoping to catch their opponents still suffering the hangover from Tuesday night's Champions League game. Zigic almost celebrated his first start with an effort right from the kick off, Rubén and Cristian Alvarez both hit the post in the first ten minutes, and Valdés was fortunate to keep out Felipe Melo a few minutes later.

But it all ended on the quarter hour mark when a speculative shot by Eto'o from way outside of the area crept through the hands of Toño and in to the net. And another mistake by the keeper gifted the ball to Messi, who was unable to take advantage in front of goal.

Toño did make up for it with a couple of good saves after the restart, in particular from Ronaldinho and Eto'o. But with seven minutes to go Barça wrapped things up when Giuly cut through the defence to score, and with the game in injury time the unfortunate keeper gave away a penalty and got himself sent off for a foul on substitute Gudjohnsen. With all three changes made, Melo went in goal, but he could do little to stop Ronaldinho's spot kick. It was all over, and Racing ended the weekend at the bottom of the table without a point to their name.