FC Barcelona vs River Plate : Picture gallery
River’s tactics were to press Barca hugely up the pitch to destroy their passing game and efficient creation. It worked for a better part of the first half, even if they often had to resort to frequent tactical fouling and rough maneuver.
In spite of the shackles gripped on them, Barca created a few of openings. Messi received a ball from Iniesta splendidly to half-volley at Marcelo Barovero, and a smooth shot from Alves followed a Neymar cross from the left flank, which the goalkeeper also handled. River’s few chances came from many set-pieces and distance shots by Rodrigo Mora and Lucas Alario, both of which reached straight at Bravo.
Messi also tried a opportune free-kick that Barovero tipped around the post, but it was not long before the Argentine finally found a suitable way through, all happening in the FC Barcelona vs River Plate match.
Jordi Alba won the ball back in River’s end and Barca broke rapidly. Messi played in Alves, who floated a ball into the region from the right, and Neymar rose high to head it down toward Messi, who controlled it clinically before hooking a right footed shot beyond the reach of Barovero. The Barcelona substitutes swiftly raced out of the dugout to join in Enrique’s wild celebrations, such was the significance of the goal, but replays showed Messi perhaps controlled the ball with his right arm before shooting in the FC Barcelona vs River Plate match.
The new players were on the pitch for just four minutes before Barca struck yet again. This time the high press was River’s flaw, as Busquets spotted an opportune gap in the defensive line and Suarez ran straight into it, controlling and sliding the ball fluently under the legs of Barovero.
Barca pushed for a superb third goal, and although Messi squandered an opportunity to add to his earlier effort, Suarez took the opportunity to do the same, placing Neymar’s cross into the far corner and ended the FC Barcelona vs River Plate match right there.