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Barcelona Vs. Chivas De Guadalajara, 2011 International Friendly: Chivas Earn Shock 4-1 Win

The World Football Challenge continues on Wednesday night as Chivas Guadalajara take on FC Barcelona.

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Barcelona vs. Chivas De Guadalajara, International Friendly: Chivas Demolish Barcelona 4-1

What a turnaround for Chivas de Guadalajara. After making threatening noises for the first half but ultimately failing to trouble Jose Manuel Pinto overmuch, the goats came out with a vengeance in the second half, putting four goals past a startled Barcelona en route to a 4-1 rout.

This shouldn't have happened. Barcelona scored in the first ten minutes thanks to a David Villa goal, hit the crossbar twice in the first half, and introduced the likes of Pedro, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the second half. Indeed, they dominated the first fifteen minutes of that period as well. And then Michael Fabian stole the show in a big, big way.

His first goal was a stunning long-range effort, but even that paled in comparison to his second strike, an absolutely wonderful overhead kick from a right-sided cross that made the score 2-1 Chivas in the 64th minute. Barcelona looked liked they were going to regroup, only to go behind even further thanks to a Giovanni Casillas goal and then down 4-1 in injury time.

So, a 4-1 loss for Barcelona. That was... unexpected. Tomorrow's headlines in Spain will be deeply, deeply amusing.

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Barcelona Vs. Chivas De Guadalajara, 2011 International Friendly: 1-0 Blaugranas At Halftime

Well, most of the world missed the first ten minutes of the match thanks to ESPN3 telling us to 'Please stand by' but the 35 minutes we did get to see were... alright, I guess. Barcelona are clearly the better side, having struck the crossbar twice in addition to David Villa's opening goal, but Chivas de Guadalajara weren't too bad, giving the European champions a reasonably stern test and nearly scoring a couple of times as well.

The reason, of course, that Chivas are even comparable to Barcelona on the day is that Pep Guardiola is fielding a grand total of four regular first-teamers in his lineup today, and two of them are defenders. Only Villa and Xavi are present from Barcelona's fearsome attacking corps, and he's provided the greatest threat, scoring once after breaking the offside trap and running past Luis Michel, and then hitting the bar while trying a rather cheeky lob towards the end of the first half.

Anyway, not Barcelona at their best, but this isn't really Barcelona at all, so hey, it's all good. Look for the score to be a lot higher in the second half.

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Barcelona Vs. Chivas Guadalajara, 2011 International Friendly: Blaugranas Face Goats In World Football Challenge

The World Football Challenge continues on Wednesday night as Chivas Guadalajara take on FC Barcelona.

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