Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Messi Magic Masks 'Shambolic' Barca Defending
Football Espana, October 22nd, 2012 1:53PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  barcelona, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Were it not for the heroics of Lionel Messi, who capped another brilliant performance with a fantastic third goal -- the winning goal -- against Deportivo in a 5-4 thriller at the Riazor on Saturday, Barcelona would have duly suffered its first loss of the La Liga season. Indeed, as Football Espana’s Frank Tigani says, “Barcelona’s defensive shambles almost cost them dearly.”

Oh, what a shambles it was. First, Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with an ill-timed tackle. He was later sent off in the second half. Goalkeeper Victor Valdes’ committed a terrible error to lead to Depor’s second. Then, Sergio Busquets conceded a soft free-kick outside the box that led to home team’s third, before Jordi Alba scored the most bizarre of own goals with a perfect lob over Valdes to round off Depor’s scoring.

Once again, thanks to Messi’s hat trick, and his particularly brilliant solo run-and-shot for his third, Barca was able to come out on top, but Tigani points out that the Blaugrana had not conceded four goals in one game in three and a half years. They have now conceded nine goals in their last three games and have the seventh-worst defensive record in the league.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
The case for more female coaches in youth soccer    
Nicole Farley, who coaches at Southern California's Laguna United SC and Dana High School, says "I ...
Nasri to Miss a Month Following Surgery     
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri will miss a month after having groin surgery over the weekend. ...
Herrera Out as Man United Injury Crisis Worsens    
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be out for "weeks" with a fractured rib in yet ...
Giroud Signs Gunners Extension    
Goal.com reports that injured Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has signed a two-year contract extension with the ...
Defender Helped Finance Barca Move    
Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu on Monday confirmed that he paid three million euros out of his ...
Man United Mulls Midweek Friendlies Abroad    
The BBC reports that Manchester United is thinking about playing potentially lucrative midweek friendlies abroad since ...
Cole 'Never Expected' to Play Against Lampard in UCL    
AS Roma defender Ashley Cole said he was surprised to come up against former Chelsea teammate ...
Luis Suarez Ban Upheld in FIFA 15     
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is not currently playable in the "career mode" of FIFA 15, the ...
Simeone: Juve a 'Final'    
It may only be Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League, but Diego Simeone is already ...
Report: Pardew's Job Safe-for Now     
Newcastle United is currently 19th in the Premier League table and winless in six games so ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives