Camp Nou was treated to a festival of goals tonight as Barça thrashed Huesca 8-1 to win the Copa del Rey tie 12-1 on aggregate. Pedro Rodriguez was the main hit-man with a first-half hat-trick with Sergi Roberto and Andrés Iniesta adding goals to give Barça a five-goal lead at half-time. Adriano added a sixth before substitute Adama Traore scored a goal which brought back memories of the original Ronaldo for its power and speed. Sandro made it 8-0 before Carlos David scored a late consolation to give the visitors something positive to remember from the tie.
As expected there were plenty of changes to Barça’s team. Jordi Masip was given a debut in goal though he had little do and might have done more with Huesca’s goal, while the biggest news was a starting place for Martin Montoya at right-back. Montoya showed good professionalism considering his position and gave the pass for Sergi Roberto’s pass, and to make things even more difficult for him he was switched to left-back in the second half to allow substitute Douglas to play on the right.
Barça were slow to get started with Adriano and Bartra allowing two early crosses from the right which found Esnaider unmarked, he headed the first one wide and sent the second looping over Masip and onto the post with just six minutes on the clock. However, order was quickly restored and Barça, with Sergi Roberto looking lively in midfield, began to open up Huesca’s advanced lines.
Sergi Roberto, Pedro and Bartra had chances before the first goal arrived in the 19th minute. Rafinha played a long ball up the right for Munir who controlled and crossed with the outside of his left-foot and Pedro twisted in the air to send his header past Huesca keeper Dani Jimenez.
Once the first goal went in the floodgates opened and Barça added four more in twenty-four minutes. Iniesta sent Pedro in for the second, the Canarian dummying the keeper before chipping inside the near post. Soon after Montoya’s low cross was swept in from ten yards by Sergi Roberto for the third. The fourth goal came after an incisive build-up with Munir finding Sergi Roberto who sent a forward pass to Iniesta whose low shot hit the far corner despite Jiminez getting a hand to the ball. Pedro completed his hat-trick in the 43rd minute, lashing in from the left side of the area after Adriano’s pass.
Pedro and Iniesta were subbed off at half time with Douglas and Sandro coming on. The substitutions caused a reorganisation with Montoya moved to left-back, Adriano to right-wing where he hasn’t been seen since Guardiola’s days, and Rafinha moved back from the forward line to play Iniesta’s role in midfield.
As in the first-half Barça took a while to get started after the restart, perhaps affected by so many changes. However, Adriano on the right wing scored a sixth in the 68th minute, running through onto Samper’s deflected pass while Sandro cleverly let the ball run to avoid the linesman’s flag.
Then the game was revolutionized by the entrance of Adama with fifteen minutes to go. The youngster had already shown an explosion of speed to win a corner then just four minutes after coming on he showed strength to hold off a challenge from Scardina, then blistering speed to burst past both Huesca centre-backs and a cool head to slip the ball past the keeper to score. Close to 45,000 had braved the night to watch this somewhat meaningless match but they were rewarded with this golazo from the Hospitalet Arrow. If you want the comparison with Ronaldo search for the Brazilian’s goal against Deportivo in May 1997.
Sandro’s persistancy paid off hen in fired in Barça’s eighth after Rafinha’s pass. Huesca had shown ambition to score and they were rewarded near the end when Barça typically failed to show toughness defending a corner and Carlos David headed in at the near post.
Barça: Masip 6; Montoya 6.5, Mascherano 6.5, Bartra 6.5, Adriano 6.5; Sergi Roberto 7.5, Samper 6.5, Iniesta 7.5 (Douglas h/t, 6); Rafinha 7.5, Munir 6.5 (Adama m74, 8), Pedro 9 (Sandro h/t, 7.5).
Huesca: Dani Jiménez, Antonio, Gaspar, Carlos David, Scardina, Manolo, Chus Sosa (Gaspar m61), Lucas, Alex Bernal, Javi Cabezas; Esnaider.
Goals: m19 Pedro 1-0, m26 Pedro 2-0, m29 Sergi Roberto 3-0, m39 Iniesta 4-0, m43 Pedro 5-0, m68 Adriano 6-0, m78 Adama 7-0, m83 Sandro 8-0, m86 Carlos David 8-1.
Yellow card: m56 Manolo