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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar stamp opposition once again


A cool Tuesday evening game in Barcelona during Round 34 of La Liga play would be the setting for the Blaugrana as they faced off against the centrally located team from Madrid, Getafe.

In what very easily could’ve been a mere let down game with monumental fixtures upcoming, Barcelona took care of business and did it early and often. With the regular starters Pique, Alba, Rakitic, Mascherano and Iniesta sitting for rest and coaches decisions, five former La Masia academy members stood firm in the Starting XI, preparing themselves for what many thought would be a hard fought battle as eluded to here by Getafe coach Pablo Franco Marin pregame, “I’m optimistic because we’re doing a great in defense. We can stop Barça if the whole team is focused”. 

This Getafe side which could be confused for being Villarreal, otherwise known as Spain’s yellow submarine for their the strong coating of yellow decorated around the whole kit, stood no shot against the Blaugrana. A game in which the odds were stacked against the Getafe side, with Barcelona unbeaten in all 10 previous home league meetings with Getafe kept the tide churning their way with a 6-0 victory to further themselves five points away from historical rivals Real Madrid.


In front of 65,356 cules, the Blaugrana jumped out to 1-0 lead in the 9th minute after Lionel Messi slotted a penalty home beyond Getafe goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. After a back and forth affair between the two sides, Claudio Bravo saved a miraculous chip & possible equalizer from Colombian international Fredy Hinestroza. 

In quick succession, Luis Suarez put the Catalan side up 2-0 after receiving a ravishing ball from Messi, El Pistolero in short order then volleyed the ball with what seemed to be the toe or even nail of his right foot, but it was just enough for the Uruguayan to check in his 20th goal of the season; Also with that assist, Messi equaled his personal record (2011-2012) of assists in a Liga season with 18. 

 As the match continued to fall in Barça’s favor, Suarez and company orchestrated a common form of high-pressure, Luis then side footed a brilliant pass to the Brazilian Neymar as he danced thru the defense for another goal putting Barcelona up 3-0 with just under 30 minutes played. 

The scoring was far from over for the home side, as Xavi wanted piece of the action, the Spanish International making his 501st appearance wearing the red and blue stripes completed a banger of a shot to the top right corner of the goal it was truly vintage Xavi Hernandez at his very best. With that goal for the first time ever Messi, Neymar, and Suarez MSN have all three scored and assisted a goal in a single Barcelona match.


Barcelona seemed to be sending a memo to their upcoming opponents, (hint hint Bayern Munich) whom lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German cup, that a repeat performance from that gloomy May 2013 day is not in the forecast for next week.

4-0 wouldn’t be enough for the Catalan side, as Luis Suarez wanted doubles. Luis was the culprit for the finest goal of the day, he put home a finessed one-time shot 5 feet outside of the 18 yard box, it was explicit and placed perfectly in the only spot the keeper couldn’t reach. 

Barcelona is undoubtedly getting all of its money worth (£65 million). Messi lastly put the finishing touches with his 351st goal in his last 351 appearancesc; the nail was in the coffin for the Blaugrana as they shot up to a 6-0 lead with 40 minutes yet to play and would never look back. 

Claudio Bravo recorded another stellar game behind Marc Bartra and Jeremy Mathieu who did their due diligence in forcing the opposition away from goal. 

Cules worldwide should be extremely delighted to see another W go up in the record column as they now stand 15-1-1 in La Liga play during the New Year.

Published by Alexander Del Valle, columnist for Barcablog.com. You can follow him on Twitter @AlexanderDelV

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