Monday, October 5, 2009

Sloppy win over Almeria, Real Madrid loss take Barca to La Liga summit

Barcelona seized undisputed top spot in La Liga with an uncharacteristically lacklustre 1-0 home win over Almeria, thanks to Real Madrid's 1-2 defeat away to Sevilla.

Pedro scored a fantastic goal on the half hour mark to give Barcelona the win. It was not a good game however. Xavi and Iniesta were shackled well by Ortiz and Chico, and Almeria made sure that Barcelona were made to work very hard.

Birthday-boy Ibrahimovic was unable to score his sixth goal in as many games, being denied by a fantastic save late in the game.

Carles Puyol, meanwhile, celebrated his 10th season as a Barcelona player with a solid performance. He was absolutely immense in defense.

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