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First Division - Day 4

Barcelona 8 - Osasuna 0

Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Puyol (Maxwell 53'), Mascherano, Abedal (Adriano 46'); Xavi (Afellay 60'), Busquets, Thiago; Cesc Fábregas, Messi, David Villa. 4-3-3.
Osasuna: Andrés Fernández; Marc Bertrán, Rubén, Roversio, Raitala (Cejudo 46'); Puñal (Timor 77'), Lolo; Damià, Raúl García (Ibrahima 61'), Lamah; Nino. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 05. Messi. Turned ball in on far post after Alves headed over Busquets pass.
2-0. 12. Fàbregas. Ran on to Messi return pass and struck volley past Andrés.
3-0. 33. David Villa. Picked up long Abidal pass and dribbled past keeper to score.
4-0. 39. Roversio (own goal). Deflected ball in to net after Andrés saved from Villa.
5-0. 40. Messi. Turned shot inside far post after Fàbregas laid ball across.
6-0. 56. Xavi. Controlled Messi pass and lobbed shot over head of Andrés.
7-0. 75. David Villa. Rounded keeper to score after Fàbregas passed across.
8-0. 78. Messi. Collected Cesc return pass and ran through to shoot past keeper.

Yellow cards: Villa 35', Lamah 43', Raúl García 47', Ibrahima 73', Damià 82', Timor 84'.

Barcelona answered their critics with a resounding 8-0 victory over Osasuna on Saturday evening. After two draws in a row there were some doubts about their ability to keep up their usual form, but by half time they were already five up, with Messi turning in a Dani Alves headed pass to open the scoring, and Fàbregas making it two with an impressive volley from Messi's return pass. Abidal and Messi both headed against the woodwork before Villa ran on to Abidal's pass to round the keeper and score, and a repeat of the play minutes later ended with Andrés blocking Villa's shot only for the ball to hit Roversio and enter the net. Messi made it five after Fàbregas set him up before the break, and the Argentinian forward hit the bar again before slipping the ball through for Xavi to lob the keeper for the sixth. Osasuna did briefly make a fight of it, Nino and Ibrahima going close, but Villa and Messi added two more after that for their biggest tally at home since they beat Logroñés by a similar scoreline in the 1996/97 season.