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Barcelona lay down marker against Villarreal

Published: Monday 29 August 2011, 22.52CET
Lionel Messi scored twice and Thiago Alcántara and summer recruits Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez were all on target as FC Barcelona eased past Villarreal CF in their Liga opener.
Barcelona lay down marker against Villarreal
Lionel Messi scored two of Barcelona's goals ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 29 August 2011, 22.52CET

Barcelona lay down marker against Villarreal

Lionel Messi scored twice and Thiago Alcántara and summer recruits Cesc Fàbregas and Alexis Sánchez were all on target as FC Barcelona eased past Villarreal CF in their Liga opener.

Lionel Messi scored twice as FC Barcelona got their Spanish Liga defence off to the perfect start with a 5-0 home victory against Villarreal CF on Monday.

The European champions have already lifted two trophies this month – the Spanish Super Cup and, on Friday with a 2-0 defeat of FC Porto in Monaco, the UEFA Super Cup – and were full of confidence against their fellow UEFA Champions League contenders.

Thiago Alcántara slotted in the opener from outside the box in the 25th minute despite the presence of four yellow-shirted defenders. Cesc Fàbregas doubled the lead as half-time approached after collecting a Messi pass, taking the ball past Diego López and rolling it into an empty net.

Fellow summer signing Alexis Sánchez then scored his first league goal for the Azulgrana (47), another tidy finish from Thiago's chipped pass which left the Villarreal defence flat-footed, before Messi got in on the act by dispatching fine assists from Andrés Iniesta (52) and Thiago (74).

Last updated: 30/08/11 10.40CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2011/12

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/09/2011 12:35 CET

29/08/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona5-0VillarrealVillarreal

Thiago Alcántara 25, Fàbregas 45, Alexis Sánchez 47, Messi 52, 74

Venue: Barcelona

28/08/2011

SevillaSevilla2-1MálagaMálaga

Negredo 2, 26

Santi Cazorla 81

Venue: Sevilla

28/08/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza0-6Real MadridReal Madrid

Marcelo 28, Xabi Alonso 64, Kaká 82, Cristiano Ronaldo 24, 71, 87

Venue: Zaragoza

28/08/2011

GetafeGetafe1-1LevanteLevante

Miku 62

Juanlu Gómez 77

Venue: Madrid

28/08/2011

MallorcaMallorca1-0EspanyolEspanyol

De Guzman 62

Venue: Palma de Mallorca

28/08/2011

AthleticAthletic1-1RayoRayo

Iturraspe 56

Movilla 62

Venue: Bilbao

28/08/2011

AtléticoAtlético0-0OsasunaOsasuna

Venue: Madrid

27/08/2011

Granada CFGranada CF0-1BetisBetis

Rubén 88

Venue: Granada

27/08/2011

ValenciaValencia4-3RacingRacing

Rami 57, Soldado 1, 6 (o.g.), 88, 90

Acosta 14, Adrián González 56

Venue: Valencia

27/08/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón1-2Real SociedadReal Sociedad

De las Cuevas 68 (p)

Agirretxe 35, 65

Venue: Gijon

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