Well, it wasn't meant to be for this tough, proud (read: terrible) Zaragoza side: they were destroyed 4-0 by a fantastic FC Barcelona side in the Camp Nou on Saturday night. Unfortunately, this should put to bed any hoped that the Aragoneses had of winning la Liga this year; on the bright side, the scrappy, young, unproven Barcelona side might have what it takes to make a run at this thing!
Oh, wait, that's not right. Actually, a fantastic-looking Barcelona side manhandled a just truly awful Zaragoza side, scoring at will, and even--though they didn't need it--making the most of a series of idiotic defensive errors. Out of the four goals Barça scored, three of them came from balls into attackers that were completely undefended. Granted, the two in the second half were both semi-accidental lucky bounces, but still, Zaragoza was just terrible on defense.
Not that Barça needed the help: Leo Messi and Xavi directed the culé attack with a lethal pace, slowing and speeding up the game at will. Captain Carles Puyol scored the game's third goal in the 54th minute, after a brilliantly-taken free kick bounced off of Seydou Keita and onto the large-haired Catalan's right foot (and I say large, not long deliberately). David Villa blasted home the fourth after a brilliant attack culminated in a bounce right onto his head.
But these were not lucky goals; rather, they were goals that a good, attacking team will get on good days. They were well-deserved, and Barcelona walked away just winners.