Lionel Messi scored his 299th goal for Barcelona FC and La Blaugrana rolled to a 6-1 victory over Getafe in Sunday’s fixture at Camp Nou.
There was little doubt from the start who the superior team was on the pitch, and Barca left little doubt throughout. After one half, the hosts dominated with a 2-0 advantage and led with a 76 percent possession mark.
Andres Iniesta set up two first-half goals for Barcelona, including a beautifully placed pass that found Alexis Sanchez breaking behind a defender. Sanchez paused momentarily, but only for a moment, before placing a beautiful touch shot past the goalkeeper to put Barca ahead in just the sixth minute of action.
The assault didn’t subside from the hosting Catalan giants. Seven minutes (13’) later, Iniesta was at it again, this time setting up living legend Lionel Messi for his 35th goal of the season.
Barca kept the attack on throughout the first half but was unable to find the net after multiple attempts.
Here’s a first-half statistical recap from Bola (via Twitter):
#LaLiga - HT: Barca (Alexis 6; Messi 13) 2-0 Getafe | shots 7-3 | on goal 2-0 | CK 3-0 | poss 76-24— Bola (@Bolanet) February 10, 2013
The second half, as expected, was much of the same for these two clubs.
Barcelona added its third goal in the 58th minute after a beautiful entry pass from Jordi Alba found David Villa behind the Getafe back line. Villa did the rest, leaving a quick touch shot wide of the keeper and into the back of the net.
The club added another with a 78th-minute goal by Cristian Tello on an assist from Messi.
Barca got a little lazy in the waning moments of the action and allowed a deep pass through its back line. That pass set up reserve man Alvaro Vazquez for an easy score after he beat Victor Valdes in the box to his left.
Just when the visitors thought they were leaving Camp Nou with a 4-1 defeat, Iniesta swooped in and netted the club's fifth score off of a deflection of a Messi attack. It wasn't done there, though, and added a sixth moments later in the closing minute of the action.
Full-time stats Barcelona-Getafe: attempts 17-6, on target 9-1, offsides 1-0, corners 4-0, fouls 13-9, possession 73-27 #fcblive [via fcb]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) February 10, 2013
Alexis Sanchez scores the first goal of the match just six minutes into the action:
Lionel Messi scores his 35th goal of the season in the 13th minute:
David Villa scores on a beautiful pass from Jordi Alba in the 58th minute:
Tello's 78th-minute score after an assist from Messi:
Lionel Messi, Barcelona: A+
Messi's score gives him a goal in 13 consecutive La Liga matches—35 overall in the league this season—and his 299th overall for the club.
He came close to getting that coveted 300th score but fell short on multiple tries. Unselfishly, he also set up teammate Cristian Tello for a score late in the action.
Andres Iniesta, Barcelona: A+
Iniesta made two beautiful passes to set up both first-half scores for Barca. He ended with two assists but was brilliant in several other attempts on goal that ended up falling short.
After Messi's attack was stopped by Getafe defenders, Iniesta swooped in to add the fourth goal of the afternoon.
Jordi Codina, Getafe: D+
It’s hard to blame the Getafe keeper for the relentless assault he was faced with at Camp Nou on Sunday. Barca was pouring on the pressure all afternoon and to only let three scores by can be considered somewhat of a victory for the visitors.
The Getafe keeper had an excellent challenge to prevent a goal in the second half on an attempted Alexis Sanchez header. Sanchez was shaken up from the challenge by Codina, but played on.