Barcelona thrash Racing Santander

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Barcelona has continued their impressive form in the Spanish Primera Liga with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Racing Santander.

Barcelona thrash Racing Santander

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Barcelona has continued their impressive form in the Spanish Primera Liga with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Racing Santander.Barca were looking for a win to take them back to the top of the standings, equal on points with Osasuna, but ahead on goal difference. Just two minutes in, they were gifted a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Goof effortReferee Ramirez Dominguez deemed--a touch questionably--that Jose Moraton had fouled Rafael Marquez in the penalty area. Justice was perhaps done when Dudu Awate got down well to keep out Ronaldinho's spot-kick. When Barcelona did break the deadlock, there was no doubting its legitimacy.Samuel Eto'o made a goal of the highest quality, his 12th of season, to make it 1-0. Lionel Messi put Barca 2-0 up six minutes into the second half with another superb individual effort. The Argentine, making his first league start, demonstrated skill and composure way beyond his 18 years. Making amendsNot to be outdone, Ronaldinho set up and converted Barca's third.He beat Pablo Pinillos with some sublime skill - and it was all that the defender could do to bring down the Brazilian with a crude foul. This time, Ramirez Dominguez was fully justified in pointing to the penalty spot. Ronaldinho made amends for his earlier miss, emphatically dispatching the penalty into the top corner. Three became four in the 66th minute.Silvinho jinked his way past Moraton.Red card He looked to have lost his opportunity before Neru's attempted clearance deflected back off the left-back and into the net. Racing Santander pulled a goal back in the 71st minute, after the referee awarded the third penalty of the game. Rafael Marquez was penalised for handling in the area and substitute Francisco Casquero converted from the spot. Three minutes later the visitors were reduced to ten men.Marquez was again in the centre of the action, taken down by a stray elbow from David Aganzo, for which the striker was shown a straight red card. The final score was 4-1.Barca go top of the table with 28 points, ahead of Osasuna on goal difference.Racing Santander drop to 18th place. (AP)



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