FC Barcelona Vs. Real Zaragoza, 2011 La Liga: Barça Leads 2-0 On Brilliant Passes, Shaky Defense

FC Barcelona is demolishing a genuinely terrible Zaragoza side, 2-0 after 45 minutes of play at the Camp Nou. In recent history, the culés haven't been particularly good after international breaks--traditionally, these have been their weakest fixtures. But, traditions are meant to be broken (wait, is this how that works?) and Pep Guardiola's boys have been absolutely dominant in the first half of what looks to be a dominant win. 

In keeping with their style, Barcelona grabbed control of the ball early and never let it go, dominating possession throughout the half. At one point, they were leading Zaragoza 11-1 in shots on target, but had only one goal to show for it--Gerard Piqué's uncontested header off of a Xavi free kick in the 18th minute. But Leo Messi snagged a goal before halftime to shut the door on Zaragoza; and that was pretty much that. 

Other than the two goals--actually, scratch that, the two goals were classic Barça, with the second coming on a questionably-offside-but-probably-not brilliant through ball from Cesc--the half was vintage Barcelona, as Pep's boys dominated almost every aspect of the game. We'll see if this continues in the second half. Well, actually, it's going to continue. Who am I kidding.

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