Racing: Toño; Francis, Henrique,
Torrejón, Cisma; Diop, Colsa (Tziolis 74'); Kennedy Bakircioglu
(Adrián González 63'), Munitis, Arana (Ariel Nahuelpán
63'); Tchité. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Piqué, Abidal, Maxwell; Xavi (Pedro 46'), Busquets, Keita; Messi, David Villa (Bojan 78'), Iniesta (Adriano 82'). 4-3-3.
0-1. 03. Messi. Ran on to Iniesta through ball and chipped shot over Toño.
0-2. 33. Iniesta. First time lob back over Toño after keeper punched ball out.
0-3. 62. David Villa. Guided header back past Toño from long Dani Alves cross.
Yellow cards: Francis 29', Diop 59', Munitis 81', Piqué 92'.
Defending champions Barcelona got off to a good beginning once again, beating Racing Santander 0-3 to start the new campaign in second spot behind Sevilla. With only three minutes gone Messi ran on to Iniesta's pass to chip a shot over the head of Toño, and half an hour later Iniesta himself scored the second with a first time lob back in to the net after Toño had tried to punch a high ball clear of the area.
Racing could have got one back when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Maxwell on Francis which appeared to be outside of the area, but Valdés guessed correctly and saved Tchité's spot kick. Shortly before half time David Villa got the ball in the net only for it to be ruled out for a borderline offside, but after the restart he did get his name on the scoresheet, steering a header past the keeper from an Alves cross. After that Barça slowed things down, but Valdés was there to keep out new signings Ariel and Adrián late on to make sure of his clean sheet.