Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani
Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Maxwell; Cesc Fàbregas (David Villa 66'),
Xavi (Thiago 55'), Keita; Isaac Cuenca, Messi, Alexis (Iniesta 55'). 4-3-3.
Zaragoza: Roberto; Juárez, Lanzaro, Mateos, Paredes (Abraham 80'); Fernando Meira, Ponzio; Barrera (Lafita 46'), Luis García (Rubén Micael 46'), Juan Carlos; Hélder Postiga. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 18. Piqué. Ran in to head Xavi's wide free kick past Roberto.
2-0. 43. Messi. Picked up Cesc pass and beat keeper with angled shot.
3-0. 54. Puyol. Forced shot past keeper after Keita headed across.
4-0. 75. David Villa. Diving header after Cuenca cross deflected over.
Yellow cards: Juárez 25', Lanzaro 27', Piqué 60', Rubén Micael 62', Dani Alves 87'.
Barcelona closed the gap on leaders and arch-rivals Real Madrid pending their match later on Saturday the evening after a comfortable 4-0 win over Zaragoza. Piqué headed the first from Xavi's wide free kick with just under twenty minutes gone, and Messi, Alexis and Maxwell all brought good saves out of Roberto before Messi picked up a pass from Fàbregas to add a second shortly before half time. Zaragoza's only real attempt at goal came when half time substitute Lafita shot wide soon after the restart, and soon afterwards Puyol also got in on the act, beating the keeper at the second attempt whilst lying on the ground after Keita headed back a long Fàbregas cross. Iniesta rolled a shot just wide of the post before Villa made it four, diving forward to head in on the far post after a defender could only deflect Cuenca's centre across goal. And Cuenca himself came close to a fifth when he shot over the bar late on. An impressive 30-0 aggregate scoreline in league matches in the Nou Camp this season, and the last time that Valdés let one in at home in the competition was against Almería in April. Madrid have been warned!