FC Barcelona took another step towards the La Liga title with a superlative 6-0 thrashing of Getafe on a night of spectacular goals and goalscoring milestones at the Nou Camp on Tuesday. Argentine star Lionel Messi took his tally for the season to 49 goals (he’s now scored over 40 goals for FC Barcelona in each of the last five seasons), Luis Suarez continued his remarkable run with 11 goals in his last 13 La Liga matches (including the Clasico winning goal) and FC Barcelona’s attacking trio reached 102 goals for the season, breaking the previous record set by Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry in 2009.
But perhaps even more eye-catching than the super goals and the performance was the amazing goalscoring sequence that saw each goalscorer remarkably provide the assist for the next goal. For all six goals.
Messi got the ball rolling early on, putting FC Barcelona ahead with a cheeky 8th minute penalty after Suarez was brought down in the area. Suarez doubled the lead on 25 minutes, volleying home spectacularly from close range to finish a lofted pass from Messi. Suarez then set up Neymar for number three, just three minutes later, a low shot following a dribbling run, as FC Barcelona put the game beyond reach within the first half hour.
The scoring was far from done though. Neymar turned provider next, teeing up Xavi who curled into the top corner from outside the box, and then Xavi’s pass set Suarez up for another spectacular, curled finish to put FC Barcelona five up just before the break. Messi put the bow on a night of beautiful goals with another unstoppable curler after chest-trapping a great pass from — you guessed it — Suarez.
Coming just three days after their Catalan derby win against Espanyol, FC Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the table to five points — prior to Real Madrid’s match against Almeria on Wednesday — and manager Luis Enrique was pleased that his team is maintaining it’s good form going into the crucial business end of the season.
As he said at the post-match press conference, according to ESPN.
“When a team has this level of effectiveness, it makes it difficult for any opponent. It was a difficult game but we settled it in the first half. The team does not just score goals, they are also very committed in working for each other in defensive work. They were all at an extraordinary level.”
Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat of Almeria on Wednesday cut FC Barcelona’s lead back to two points with just four games to play, but on this kind of form — Barcelona are now unbeaten in 15 matches with 14 wins and one draw — they can approach the run-in with confidence. FC Barcelona next travel to play Cordoba in La Liga on Saturday, before hosting Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday, May 6th.
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