Barca put the boot in over Bojan’s beautiful goal
Barcelona were so proud of the slick passing move that led to Bojan Krkic’s second goal during the 2-0 win at Almeria on Sunday that they have published all the statistics surrounding the strike.
In the 53rd minute, Xavi won the ball and gave it to Lionel Messi which was the first step in an uninterrupted 37 pass move that lasted one minute 49 seconds, the league leaders said on their website.
Every Barca player on the pitch, except goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Rafael Marquez, touched the ball at least once. The only shame was that Bojan’s finish took a deflection that helped it past a wrong-footed Diego Alves.
Almeria, coached by former Mexico striker Hugo Sanchez, may not be a major club but they are a tough nut to crack at home. It was their first defeat in seven matches at the Juegos Mediterraneos stadium.
Of course, there is more to Barca’s triumphant reaction than just hailing a great goal.
Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 5-2 away in a controversial and bruising match on Saturday which has led to a storm of criticism over the referee.
Home fans resorted to the ironic chant “Asi! Asi! gana el Madrid!” (This is how Real Madrid win) and even the pro-Madrid sports daily AS led with the same frontpage headline on Sunday.
The article on Barca’s website has the sub-heading “El Barca gana asi” (Barca win like this) above their goal description.
Has anyone else seen a better goal with that number of passes? For anyone wondering, Esteban Cambiasso’s strike for Argentina v Serbia at 2006 World Cup included 24 passes.
PHOTO: Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic (2nd R) celebrates with Lionel Messi (R) and other team mates after scoring his second goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division match in Almeria March 15, 2009. REUTERS/Francisco Bonilla