Google+ PLANET FOOT 7: Pre-Season Friendly: Valerenga 0 - Barcelona 7.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pre-Season Friendly: Valerenga 0 - Barcelona 7.

Barcelona produced a scintillating display to defeat Norwegian outfit Valerenga 7-0 in Oslo on Saturday.

Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez were particularly impressive for the Spanish champions, with the pair grabbing a goal apiece in the first half.

 Cristian Tello and Jonathan Dos Santos also scored in the opening period, as a Jean Marie Dongou brace and a Joan Angel Roman strike completed the rout in the second half.

Barcelona named the same starting line-up that lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich in midweek, while new coach Gerardo Martino watched from the stands.

It did not take the away side long to find their stride and they were 2-0 up within six minutes.

First Messi clipped a pass to Sanchez, who dropped his shoulder before cutting onto his left-foot and blasting his effort home. A minute later Messi once again orchestrated the opening, floating a cross to Tello who struck a first-time effort into the bottom-right corner.

The Argentina international then grabbed a goal for himself as he waltzed past three defenders before unleashing a left-footed effort beyond Lars Hirschfeld. Moments later he hit the crossbar, but the fourth came just shy of half time as Dos Santos took a Sanchez centre in his stride and squeezed his effort beyond the goalkeeper.

There was no let-up after the break as 18-year-old forward Dongou was the next beneficiary of a Sanchez assist. The Chilean reversed a pass behind the defence, which was coolly finished by the Cameroonian in the 52nd minute.

He grabbed his second four minutes later, after yet more unselfish play from Sanchez. The Chilean broke into the box and laid the ball into the path of Dongou who applied a calm finish from the centre of the box.

And Barca had time for one more with five minutes remaining. Roman broke down the left, cut inside and took his time before unleashing his effort into the far corner.

They go on to face Polish side Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday, as they continue preparations for the season opener against Levante on August 18.

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