Bernabeu Massacre as Barca batter Real Madrid!

messi-real-madridBarcelona humiliated Real Madrid at the Bernabeu this evening to move seven points at the top of La Liga with four games to play.

In a frenetic encounter, featuring eight goals, the Catalans outclassed their opponents in a terrific display of attacking football and could easily have had more goals than the six they scored.

After going behind early to a Gonzalo Higuain header they responded well and within seven minutes found themselves in front.

First Thierry Henry passed the ball around Iker Casillas and then with twenty minutes on the clock, Carles Puyol found himself unmarked from a free-kick to head into the net.

The Catalans were not about to stop at 2-1 either and they continued to push forward, forcing Casillas to make a few more saves before a Lassana Diarra mistake saw Lionel Messi add a third.

Madrid hit back soon after the break as yet another free-kick resulted in a goal, this time with Sergio Ramos heading home at the back post.

Henry scored his second nearly immediately after though to secure the win and then Messi added another with a superb goal later, before Gerard Pique got on the scoresheet after tapping from close range.

The win puts Barcelona within touching distance of the Primera title and means that Madrid’s season is all but over with four games left.

With both coaches deciding to go for their strongest teams from the start, it was little surprise that the match started at a frantic pace. Within the first minute Sergio Ramos had clumsily passed straight to Messi, who found Xavi, only for Iker Casillas to save his shot from outside the box. That chance set the tone for the early stages though as Arjen Robben darted through the Barcelona defence a couple of times and Messi set up Eto’o for the striker to disappointingly shoot straight at the ‘keeper.

The visitors looked the more likely to score but it was Madrid who sent the Bernabeu wild by taking the lead, as Ramos shook off Eric Abidal to cross straight to Higuain who, completley unmarked, headed past Victor Valdes. It was the perfect start for the home team but, within seven minutes of the goal, they found themselves behind.

First, Messi chipped a delightful ball over the top of Ramos to Henry, who slotted past Casillas with his right foot, and then, with on the 20 minute mark, Fabio Cannavaro conceded a needless free-kick on the left flank, which was subsequently whipped in for Puyol to head home.

It was a frantic start to the match and the pace was unrelenting as Robben’s shot was saved by Valdes and then Daniel Alves forced his ‘keeper to make another block as he nearly scored an own goal. It was Barcelona who looked the more dangerous though as Casillas had to save from Messi from close range and then watch as the Argentine struck a shot just wide of the post.

The space allowed to Barcelona had to tell soon and just after the half hour mark it did, as Xavi stole the ball from Lassana Diarra and passed in Messi, who finished past the ‘keeper to make it three. Even Alves nearly got in on the act as he hit a free-kick on target for once and forced Casillas to palm away, just before the interval.

After the break it was the same story too, as Barcelona continued to look threatening; Henry beating Ramos with ease on the left before winning a corner that was eventually cleared. Only Robben looked dangerous for the home side but he resorted to going to ground easily rather than try to beat Puyol on the flank.

Yet again though, Madrid scored against the run of play and, yet again, it was thanks to some poor marking from Barcelona. A free-kick on the right was whipped in by Robben and at the back post Ramos headed home past Valdes, to give the Bernabeu some hope with 35 minutes to go.

henry-etoo-real-madridNot long after Madrid thought they were back in the match though, Barcelona responded to score their fourth of the game. A delightful chip over the top from Xavi found Henry, who beat the on-rushing Casillas to the ball and tapped around him from the edge of the box to spark wild celebrations from the Catalans.

With a two goal lead, Barcelona began to slow the pace down, sending on Seydou Keita to replace Henry, but even without the Frenchman they grabbed a fifth. Some superb link-up play between Xavi and Messi resulted in the Spaniard fooling three defenders on the edge of the box and playing in his team-mate, who dummied before tapping past Casillas’ near post.

The humiliation didn’t stop there either, as Pique started a move on the half-way line by playing in Eto’o, and then was found in the box by the striker to tap home at the second attempt. The goal sparked a mass exodus in the Camp Nou and even the referee took pity on Madrid as he called full-time on the game with nearly no injury-time.

Pepe rage!!

Pepe Real MadridReal Madrid’s Portuguese centre-half Pepe faces a multiple game ban, which would rule him out of the champions’ clash with bitter rivals Barcelona, following his spectacular meltdown in the 3-2 win over Getafe.

Pepe shoved Francisco Casquero to the floor to concede a late penalty and then brutally stamped on the grounded Getafe midfielder in Tuesday’s stormy Spanish league encounter. The controversy did not end there with Pepe palming the angry Juan Albin in the face. A red card means he misses Real’s match at Sevilla this Sunday and while reports have suggested he could get a six- or seven-match suspension which would rule him out for the rest of the season.

“They should ban him for at least ten games,” fumed Getafe president Angel Torres. Pepe apologised for the incident saying it was out of character. “I have to apologise to the fans and to Casquero. People who know me will tell you I am not like that,” he said.

“This is the first time something like this has happened to me and I am really sorry.” But Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas criticised his centre-back. “What he did is serious and isn’t the conduct of a Real player. However, he has apologised and you have to take that into account,” said Casillas.

Nike’s new ad …the new Brazilian with pace…Neymar da Silva!

Check this video out as the speedy Neymar models nikes new mecurial superfly football boots…and my word does this boy fly!

Neymar has only played one professional game for Santos. However, he has already reportedly attracted substantial interest from European clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea, all of whom are believed to have sent scouts to watch the player, dubbed “the new Pele” as he competes in the Copinha, a large junior tournament in Sao Paulo, Madrid are believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with Neymar’s agent, Wagner Ribeiro, lasting until 2011. However Santos, who were not party to that arrangement have secured the players image rights until 2015, securing their ownership of the player and right to a sizeable transfer fee