As Barcelona prepare to lock horns with José Bordalas’ Getafe, join us as we drift back in time to the Catalans’ 6-0 victory over the Blues from the 2015-2016 season.
Following their inspiring 0-2 away victory over Arsenal in midweek, the hosts were high in spirits. The Blaugrana knew that a win on the weekend would not only sustain the gap between themselves and nearest challengers Atletico Madrid at 8 points but also extend their remarkable unbeaten run to 37 in all competitions.
Los Azolones, meanwhile, had been dealt a foul blow by fate. In the eight matches preceding their encounter with the reigning champions, the away side had lost seven successive games, conceded seventeen, and hit the back of the next just thrice. They were third from bottom with a measly 27 points in 28 matches and a loss here, while not cementing their relegation, would make it much harder to recover from.
A win at the champions’ might have provided them with the confidence they were so desperately longing for throughout the campaign, but that was too tall a task for Getafe. Barcelona showed no mercy as they slotted six past a helpless Getafe side.
Aleix Vidal – Piqué – Mascherano – Jordi Alba
Arda Turan – Roberto – Iniesta
Messi – Munir – Neymar
Manager: Luis Enriqué
Buendia – Vergini – Velasquez – A.Pereira
A.Yoda – Rodriguez – Medrán – P. Léon
Wamberto – Skepović
Manager: Fran Escriba
The defending champions grabbed the bull by the horns right from the get-go. From deep, Lionel Messi played a through ball that caught the visitors’ defence by surprise and found Jordi Alba. The Spaniard played his trademark cutback, and in an attempt to intercept the pass, Juan Rodríquez slotted the ball into the back of his own net. Just moments later, their backline was caught sleeping again.
Alba rampaged down the left flank again and played a cutback into Neymar, but in a rash attempt to atone for his positional error, Emiliano Velázquez conceded a penalty. Throughout the campaign, the penalties that Barcelona won were more synonymous with misses than by goals. Barça had already missed seven penalties by this point, and all Lionel Messi could do was add to the record as his low driven shot was saved by the keeper.
The miss didn’t matter much, however, as the Argentine set up Munir El Haddadi for his third goal of the campaign minutes later. Andres Iniesta chipped the ball over the Getafe backline into Messi’s path, and despite having easy access to goal, he selflessly volleyed the ball into Munir’s path for an easy header.
The Barcelona number 10 was having the time of his life in his creative role, and his second assist of the afternoon had class written all over it. Like a surgeon with his scalpel, he delicately cut the visitors’ defence open once again and found Neymar in space. The Brazilian’s subsequent effort curled right past Guaita for his second Barça’s third of the night.
A hat-trick of assists and a cracker of a goal to cap of the evening for Leo. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Messi would eventually get his goal and what a goal it was! With a pass, Arda Turan found him some meters outside the penalty area. In one cheeky turn, he went past his marker, and now in space, he unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike that curled away from the goalkeeper and into the near post. It was a peach of a goal, and there was next to nothing the keeper could do about it.
Half Time: Barcelona 4-0 Getafe.
Barcelona started the second half with the same intensity with which they ended the first. The hosts kept possession of the ball, and their passing generated tiny pockets of space which were begging to be exploited. With the ball at his feet, the Ballon D’or winner opened the defence up for the fourth time in the match and found Neymar – again. The Brazilian got past both his markers with one touch and with the other, he calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net for his second, and Barcelona’s fifth of the afternoon.
Arda Turan’s sublime bicycle was the final stamp against Getafe. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)
As if the score wasn’t humiliating enough for Los Azolones, Barcelona added further gloss to the scoreline via a gorgeous effort from Arda Turan. Munir got the glance of the ball with his head via a corner, with the ball reaching Gerard Pique, who was less than ready for it. The Spaniard’s pitiable first touch threw the ball into Turan’s path. Completely unmarked near the far post, he instinctively threw his body in the air and scoring a remarkable bicycle kick. By this time, all Getafe could do is wait for the final whistle to put them out of their collective misery.
Come season’s end, Barcelona were crowned champions of Spain for the second year in a row, and Getafe were relegated to the Segunda División following their 12-game winless run.
The Rewind: Barcelona 5-0 Sevilla, 2018
Ahead of Barcelona’s second big clash in the Nou Camp, we take a look back at the Catalans’ 5-0 mauling of their Andalusian counterparts in the final of the 2018 Copa Del Rey.
Having suffered a humiliating exit at the hands of AS Roma in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, the 2018 Copa De Rey final presented itself as an opportunity for the Catalans to recover some lost honour. The Catalans were playing their fifth successive cup final and were on course for a 4th consecutive triumph, a feat that last was achieved by Athletic Club in 1963.
Their opponents in Sevilla wanted to salvage what had been for them a sub-par season. They hadn’t won a single match since the 13th of March and this, a potential cup triumph over the best team in the country, would have been more than enough to make amends for their season.
This game was club legend Andres Iniesta’s last final appearance for the club as the veteran midfielder announced his departure from the club in late January. This was his 670th appearance as well as his15th final for the club. In this period he had won 30 trophies already and was en route to yet another crowning in the claret and blue of Barcelona.
Road to the final
Round of 32 – 7-0 Cartagena
Round of 16 – 4-1 Cadiz
Quarterfinal – 5-2 Aletico de Madrid
Semifinal – 3-1 Leganes
Round of 32 – 8-0 Murcia
Round of 16 – 6-1 Celta Vigo
Quarterfinal – 2-1 Espanyol
Semifinal – 3-0 Valencia
J. Navas – G. Mercado – Lenglet – Escudero
N’Zonzi – E. Banea
P. Sarabia – F. Vasquez – J. Correa
Semedo – Pique – Umtiti – Jordi Alba
Coutinho – Busquets – Rakitic – Iniesta
Messi – Suarez
The defending champions signalled their intent from early on. Sergio Busquets played a through ball into Lionel Messi’s path but given the weight on the ball, David Soria made an easy clearance. The Argentine then drew a foul and the subsequent freekick, though beautifully taken, was palmed away by the keeper.
Soria would eventually be beaten and to the shock of the supporters in the Wanda Metropolitano, his opposite number had a massive involvement in its build up. From a goal kick,Jasper Cillessen fiercely struck the ball along the length of the pitch and found Philippe Coutinho in space. With the keeper out of place, the Brazilian then played in a cross to his South American counterpart Luis Suarez for an easy tap in.
Sevilla attempted to respond to this through an attack of their own but Jesus Navas’ low cross went right across the face of goal. The man of the hour Andres Iniesta took a shot at goal but his left footed thunderbolt struck the crossbar and was subsequently cleared away.
Sixteen minutes after their opener, Barcelona found their second of the evening and punished Sevilla for their missed chances. Iniesta played a through ball into Jordi Alba’s path. From the byline, the Spaniard then made a cutback into Messi’s path and Messi doubled the lead, scoring his 30th goal against his favourite victim. He then turned provider five just minutes before the end of the half. Having spotted Suarez’ forward run, he lacerated the opposition defence and the Uruguayan capped off the move with a cool finish underneath the keeper to seal his brace and take the Blaugranas’ tally to 3-0.
Halftime: Barcelona 3-0 Sevilla
Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
Rather than play in the conservative manner they had become infamous for in the second halves of some matches, Barcelona maintained their high tempo and went full throttle as soon as the referee blew his whistle.
Iniesta and Messi combined once again to widen the already enormous gap between themselves and their rivals. Like a surgeon with his scalpel, Messi cut open the Andalusians’ defence with a through ball towards the Spaniard. He then went past Soria and on a tight angle, struck the ball home to make it 4-0 on the night.
Sevilla at this point were counting the minutes to the end of the match but just when they thought that things couldn’t get any worse, they did. Suarez and Coutinho combined once more but the Uruguayan’s side footed chip struck Clement Lenglet’s arm. Coutinho did score but it was ruled out and a penalty was awarded. Rather than complete his brace, Lionel Messi passed up the opportunity and gave his penalty to the Brazilian who scored his first and Barca’s fifth of the night to complete the rout.
In the 88th minute of the match, Iniesta was subbed off and gave his armband to Messi, entrusting him with the stewardship of the team. For all he had done for Spanish football as a whole, he received a standing ovation from both sets of fans. He was awarded as man of the match, a fitting end to the final chapter of his Barcelona career.
A glorious display of football, five great goals, and a beautiful trophy to cap it off, this was one night that no supporters from either camp will forget any time soon.