Leo Messi recovered from a dental infection which had made him doubtful before the game to score his second hat-trick of the month and lead Barça to a 2-4 victory over Zaragosa at the Romereda tonight. Messi 5′ (0-1) Messi 66′ (0-2) Messi 78′ (0-3) Colunga 85′ (1-3) Colunga 89′ (2-3) Ibrahimovic 90′ (2-4) Real Zaragoza: Roberto; Diogo, Jarosik, Contini, Ponzio; Edmilson (Lafita, min.46), Gabi; Arizmendi (Colunga, min.62), Ander Herrera, Eliseu, Suazo (Penant m. 80) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué (Puyol, min.69), Milito (Márquez, min.73), Maxwell; Touré (Iniesta, min.63), Busquets, Keita; Messi, Ibrahimovic, Pedro Goals: 0-1. min.5. Messi; 0-2. min.66. Messi; 0-3. min.78. Messi; 1-3. min.84. Colunga; 2-3. min.88. Colunga; 2-4. min.90. Ibrahimovic (pen.) Venue: La Romareda, Zaragoza
For the sixth consecutive year, Real Madrid did not make it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after tonight’s elimination in the last 16 of the competition. Three weeks after losing in Lyon (0-1) in the first leg of their matchup, they could not get a win, tonight, in their home stadium of Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early goal (Min ’6), and despite an impressive domination over the match in the first half, Real Madrid could not score a second goal. Olympique Lyon midfielder Pjanic scored an equalizer with 15 minutes to go and ruined Florentino Perez’s plan to have his Real Madrid win the Champions League in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
FC Barcelona continue the march to retain La Liga this season after a win over Sporting Gijon. A goal from Pedro, who was preferred over Thierry Henry, after 30 minutes was enough to earn the 3 points and stay 5 points cler of Real MadridSporting Gijón: Juan Pablo, Lora, Gregory, Botía, Canella, Rivera, Portilla (Matabuena m 70), Luis Morán, De las Cuevas (Barral m 52), Carmelo (Diego Castro m 57), Bilic FC Barcelona: Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Márquez, Abidal, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Pedro (Bojan m 90) Goals: 0-1, m.30: Pedro
FC Barcelona had a comfortable 0-3 win at Valladolid tonight. Two goals from Xavi and Dani Alves in the space of a minute and one from Leo Messi completed the scoring in the second half with his 15th league goal of the season. The team continue to break records: FC Barcelona became the 5th team in the history of La Liga to go the first half of the season unbeaten. Valladolid: Villar; Pedro López, Luis Prieto, Arzo, Marcos (Nivaldo, 84′); Marquitos (Pelé, 74′), Borja, Lazaro, Sesma (Medunjanin, 79′); Canobio, Costa FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué (Milito, 60′), Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Keita (Chygrynskiy, 79′), Iniesta; Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry (Bojan, 82′) Goals: 0-1, Xavi (20′) ; 0-2, Alves (21′) ; 0-3, Messi (56′)