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week 2 match report



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(source) Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi netted second-half goals as Barcelona made it two wins from two at the start of the Primera Division season and end Getafe's short stay in top spot.

Ibrahimovic, having netted on his league debut for Barca in their 3-0 win over Sporting Gijon a fortnight ago, paid back a little more of his 66million euro transfer fee by opening the scoring in the 65th minute.

The former Inter Milan hitman then turned provider to set up Messi for Barca's second 12 minutes from time as last season's treble winners came out on top in the battle between the leading two sides from the opening round of fixtures.

Barca coach Pep Guardiola opted to field a number of fringe players in his starting line-up for the match, no doubt with one eye on next week's testing Champions League trip to Inter Milan.

However, the Catalan giants still had plenty of firepower should they have needed it with their substitute's bench reading like a who's who of international superstars - among them Thierry Henry, Messi, Dani Alves and Andres Iniesta.

And it was not until Guardiola opted to send Messi and Iniesta on as a double substitution just before the hour-mark that Barca managed to take control of the game.

Up until that point the reigning champions had struggled to get the upper hand, and they could consider themselves somewhat fortunate to have been on level terms at the break after Getafe twice hit the woodwork.

The first time was in the 12th minute when Juan Albin's left-footed shot from outside the box smashed against the underside of the crossbar with Victor Valdes nothing more than a helpless onlooker.

Fifteen minutes after that it was the turn of Roberto Soldado, Getafe's hat-trick hero in their opening-day 4-1 win over Racing Santander.

Pedro Leon played in a low cross from the right and Soldado's acrobatic overhead kick struck the near post, with Valdes again motionless.

Aside from the hugely impressive Xavi, Barca looked short of ideas going forward in the opening 45 minutes, although Ibrahimovic did have a great chance to break the deadlock just before the break.

He muscled his way clear of his marker but with just Oscar Ustari to beat he saw his low shot saved by the Getafe goalkeeper.

Getafe were making life difficult for their illustrious visitors, but the introductions of Messi and Iniesta - playing his first match since last season's Champions League final due to injury - changed the whole complexion of the match.

Within two minutes of their arrival Xavi almost netted with a superb dipping 25-yard strike that Ustari did well to tip over, and soon after that Barca did finally score through Ibrahimovic.

Eric Abidal's low cross from the right looked to have eluded the Swede, but the giant striker stuck out his leg and managed to deflect the ball just inside the far post.

Getafe tried to mount an immediate response and Adrian tested Valdes and Albin blazed a half-chance well over, but aside from that it was pretty much all Barca in the final 20 minutes.

Iniesta could have made it 2-0 in the 76th minute but he fired straight at Ustari with just the keeper to beat.

Barca need not have worried, though, because two minutes after that Messi did double his side's lead.

Alves, having also come off the bench, sent over a deep cross that Ibrahimovic controlled before unselfishly chipping back across goal for the unmarked Messi to thump a powerful header into the roof of the net.

Messi and Ibrahimovic could have added more goals in the closing stages, but Barca had already done enough to take the spoils and they will travel to Italy in buoyant mood.


























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Comments

( 22 comments — Speak )
onsafety
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Oh this was put together quite swiftly. I am rather impressed. XD

Eugggh.
But, whatever. We won so hurrah.

LOL. BURGER KING.

I like the salmon, really, I am alone on this matter of liking the salmon?

Thank you for the match report, as always, legend! ♥
onsafety
Sep. 12th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
OAND LAWL. THE EXPRESSION ON XAVI'S FACE... XD
0ntheverge
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
XD His squee expressions are the best.
onsafety
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Xavi really has the best expressions, seriously. XD
0ntheverge
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
My computer was cooperating more so than usual. :)

You're one of a few I'm sure. LOL. I really want to know what color it is in person because it looks pink on tv but orange in photos. Hmm...
onsafety
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Ah ha! But I almost had to do a double take when I refreshed my friends page, like "WAH? ALREADY? SURELY NOT...?!" :P

It does look pink on TV. But meh. I like it. :P
dfotw
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for providing where all streams failed (and impressively fast!)... ;)

I'm still hating the orangey/salmon kit, but damn if we don't look classy next to Team BK!!! XDDD

And angry!Leo is handsome!Leo.

And WE WON and are on the lead of La Liga!!!
gaueko_izar
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
"but damn if we don't look classy next to Team BK!!!"

I won't be able to take Getafe seriously this season. I just won't. xDDDDD

Sponsor!fail.
gaueko_izar
Sep. 12th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Goal celebrations with Ibra are the epitome of adorable. SO PRECIOUS. He wraps his arms around the shorties' heads and it's the CUTEST THING EVER. I will never get over that. EEEEE.

LOOOOOL XAVI'S FACES. xDDDDD

Ibra is indeed moving closer and closer to being worth his buying price. And he still says he's not 100% fit. Good grief.

I need a Zlatan icon now.
c0rrine
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
did u notice that his face was his usual cocky zlatan face for like 2 seconds but then it faded away quickly. lol hes trying to change his habits with us, isnt it/
gaueko_izar
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I did see a few shots of Cocky!Zlatan, but then he wraps the little ones in a big bear hug and he loses it.

Or I lose it, either or. xD
c0rrine
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
lmao like his face in here
allineediskimi
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I love your icon ♥
c0rrine
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
i was referring to xavi's face btw, there was a higher level of zlatan >:O that's not captured in that photo
gaueko_izar
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Xavi has pretty much every single kind of face in existence. xD

True, though.
c0rrine
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
i feel like ive seen this pic a million times
c0rrine
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
the color of the kits keep changing
allineediskimi
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
LMAO. I don't know If it is salmon, pink or whatever... ó_Ò
0ntheverge
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
omg i love this
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allineediskimi
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: omg i love this
Finally. Piqué got a friend as tall as him *yayz*
allineediskimi
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
LOL. Burgerking vs
tshirtofdoom
salmon. LOL.

Why!? why did Puyol cut his hair off? Why?
glamour_pixie
Sep. 13th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
salmon vs. burgerking! lmao
ty:)
( 22 comments — Speak )

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