First Division - Day 35

Atlético Madrid 0 - Barcelona 6

Atlético: Pichu Cuéllar; Seitaridis, Zé Castro, Eller, Antonio López; Luccin, Maniche (Maxi 41'); Galletti (Agüero 52'), Jurado, Petrov (Mista 71'); Fernando Torres. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Zambrotta, Puyol, Thuram, Van Bronckhorst; Xavi (Gudjohnsen 81'), Edmilson (Motta 77'), Deco (Iniesta 67'); Messi, Eto'o, Ronaldinho. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Atlético: No change / Barça: Edmilson for Iniesta.

0-1. 38. Messi. Controlled return pass from Eto'o and forced shot past keeper.
0-2. 43. Zambrotta. Collected long ball from Thuram and lobbed shot over Pichu.
0-3. 45. Eto'o. Poked ball in from close up after Pichu deflected Deco cross.
0-4. 56. Ronaldinho. Worked one-two with Eto'o and shot inside near post.
0-5. 80. Messi. Ran on to long Van Bronckhorst pass and lobbed ball over Pichu.
0-6. 90. Iniesta.Turned ball into empty net after Eto'o squared across.

Barcelona came in to the last match of the weekend against Atlético Madrid knowing that all their rivals had won. But although Atlético have been their bogey side in the past, this time they thrashed them 0-6. The locals had the better chances though early on, with Fernando Torres in particular causing some problems for Víctor Valdés, although Barça could have scored when Ronaldinho rattled a free kick against the post. However an injury to Maniche left the locals with ten men, and while Aguirre was debating whether to replace him, Messi ran on to a return pass from a possibly offside Eto'o to open the scoring.

That was late in the first half, but six minutes later it was virtually over as the visitors scored two more, Zambrotta catching Cuéllar out of position with a lob, and Eto'o finishing off after the young keeper could only push Deco's cross into his path close to goal. Ronaldinho made it four soon after the restart with a little help from Eto'o, and a few minutes later Eller was sent off for a second bookable offence. Eto'o crashed another shot against the bar, and with ten minutes to go Messi ran on to Gio's pass to lift the ball over Cuéllar for his side's fifth. And with the game approaching the end Iniesta combined with Eto'o to complete the whitewash, the first time that any team has scored six against Atlético at home in the history of the club.