First Division - Day 14

Barcelona 4 - Valencia 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Daniel Alves, Márquez, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi (Keita 84'), Touré Yayá, Gudjohnsen; Messi (Pedro 82'), Henry, Hleb (Bojan 72'). 4-3-3.
Valencia: Renan; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Maduro, Del Horno; Baraja (Michel 71'), Albelda, Manuel Fernandes; Joaquín (Pablo Hernández 80'), David Villa, Mata (Vicente 80'). 4-3-3.

Team changes: Barcelona: Abidal, Gudjohnsen, Hleb for Piqué, Keita, Eto'o / Valencia: Raúl Albiol, Maduro, Del Horno, Manuel Fernandes for Marchena, Alexis, Moretti, Edu.

1-0. 20. Henry. Ran on to long pass from Touré Yayá and lifted ball over Renan.
2-0. 28. Henry. Connected with Hleb's square pass and struck angled shot into net.
3-0. 46. Daniel Alves. Picked up Xavi pass and beat keeper from right of area.
4-0. 78. Henry. Turned ball wide of Renan after good run by Bojan down right.

Yellow cards: Albiol 05', Albelda 37', Villa 66', Miguel 71', Del Horno 72'.

Barcelona are six points clear at the top of the table after a convincing 4-0 over third placed Valencia. With Eto'o suspended Henry provided the goals, the French striker running on to a long ball to lob the keeper in the twentieth minute and adding a second a few minutes later after Hleb set him up. Xavi had already hit the post in the second minute, and Messi brought a good save out of Renan before the break as Guardiola's side totally dominated the first half.

Things continued in the same vein after the restart, Dani Alves picking up Xavi's through ball to score the third with many spectators still taking their seats. Villa was closed down by Valdés in a rare visitors attack, but Hleb should have increased the lead after Albiol let him through, Renan saving his shot. A few minutes later Henry completed his hat-trick after substitute Bojan ghosted past Maduro and Albiol and laid the ball in from the right, and Barça were home and dry. Next up Real Madrid!