|First Division - Day 10|
Barcelona 6 - Valladolid 0
Víctor Valdés; Daniel Alves, Márquez (Martín
Cáceres 68'), Piqué, Puyol; Xavi, Touré Yayá,
Gudjohnsen (Keita 72'); Messi, Eto'o (Hleb 75'), Henry. 4-3-3.
Team changes: Barcelona: Gudjohnsen, Henry for Busquets, Iniesta / Valladolid: Vivar Dorado for Escudero.
Yellow cards: Touré Yayá 19', Vivar Dorado 73'.
Leaders Barcelona made it eight league wins in a row after a 6-0 thrashing of Valladolid on Saturday evening. Once again the most of the goals came in the first half, with Samuel Eto'o scoring four himself by the break. The Cameroonian striker latched on to a Dani Alves pass to open the scoring early on, and fired home the second a few minutes later after Asenjo could only push out a shot from Henry.
Guardiola's side were running amok though, and Gudjohnsen, Messi and Henry could all have had their name on the scoresheet before Eto'o completed his hat-trick after Messi put him through. And just two minutes later another good run by Messi was only cleared as far as Eto'o, who gratefully steered a shot inside the near post.
It was another overpowering display from the Catalan side, although Valladolid had perhaps contributed to their own downfall by trying to play open ,attractive football. They did have their chances as well, Valdés in particular having to tip a centre-come-shot from Sesma over the bar early in the second half. But Henry, Eto'o, Gudjohnsen and Xavi all went close before Henry won the ball off Nano following a sloppy clearance by Asenjo, setting up Gudjohnsen for him to chip a shot over the keeper.
Eto'o went off to a standing ovation, but the onslaught continued, Messi and Henry both failing to convert chances before Henry finally got the goal he was looking for after Hleb and Messi combined to set him up. A crushing victory, and Barcelona have now scored an incredible 34 goals in their first ten league games. Can anybody stop them?