Re: Rising From The Ashes - FC Barcelona
A Barcelona master class strolled them to a 5-0 La Liga win for Barcelona over Athletic Bilbao at San Mames
Stephen Holland's side enjoyed long spells of unrelenting pressure and produced some fine football, ans Barca put themselves in a dominating situation after capitalising on there chances.
Referee: Ante Vucemilovic
Barcelona: Valdes (8), Toure (9), Adriano (7), Vermaelen (8), Ziegler (6), Keita (9) (Carded), Eboue (8), Afellay (9), Pizarro (8), Bahebeck (9), Mathieu (9) (MOTM)
Athletic Club: Serantes (8), Bustinza (6), Magdaleno (5), Laporte(6), Lopez (6), Benat (6), Guarrotxena (6), Jonxa (6), Raul Sanchez (6), Zabin (6), Muniain (6)
Athletic goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes had a nightmare start with two goals being scored in 6 minutes with Jean-Christophe Bahebeck tapping home after Serantes had split Eboue's cross and two minutes later with a Magdaleno back pass coming straight to Serantes who misssed the ball and it rolled into the net behind him. The visitors hardly troubled Victor Valdes at the other end and they rarely looked like picking up revenge for the earlier 1-0 defeat to Barcelona this season.
Barca's dominace in front of goal continued early in the second period. Keita broke away from his marker and drove it into the bottom corner to make it three. Spanish international Mathieu made it 4-0 after Keita's corner fell to him and he kneed it home. Benat forced Valdes into action with less than twenty minutes left, as the former Real Betis star found space in the left side of the area and shot across goal. It did not take long for Barca to wake back up, though. The hosts produced a fine free-flowing move down the right in the fifth minute and, after Adriano's cut-back, Pizarro fired a first-time effort straight at Serantes. Barca's superiority continued to grow and Afellay should have done better with 75 minutes on the clock. Bahebeck puzzled the Athletic defence with a jinking run and, after creating space for himself, the 21-year-old blazed over from the edge of the area. They were kept at bay for the first time in the match as Aymeric Laporte produced a fine block to halt a Pizarro's shot and then Serantes denied Bahebeck from point-blank range. The victory was wrapped up with eight minutes left as Bahebeck benefitted from Affellay's excellent run down the right, before placing an effort into the bottom right to score his second of the night
On form Bahebeck celebrating after banging in another two goals