The last hope of a bad defense and a goalkeeping mishap, the linesman.
In the second period Guardiola opted to withdraw Villa, Xavi, Pique,Thiago, and many of his initial squad for other B team players backed up by Pedro, Iniesta, Adriano, and Busquets. Starters that remained from the first half for the second were Pinto, Dos Santos, and Keita. Some of the recognizable new faces from Barcelona B were Gerard Deulofeu, Marc Muniesa, Sergi Roberto, and Sergi Gomez. However as soon as Pep inserted his new team on the pitch the game changed considerably and Barcelona's young guns looked very much out of their element.
If Chivas were going to teach a lesson to Guardiola tonight it would be the following; even though this is pre-season, were are a professional team, don't insult us and don't insult the 70 thousand that came to see a game by inserting such a weak team. So the footballing lesson was to begin and the curve proved too steep for Guardiola's pupils.
The revival of Chivas began out of the blue, much like Thiago has accustomed us this pre-season to scoring 30 yard goals out of nothing except, this time it was a Chivas player, and soon to be the MOTM. Marcos Fabian of Guadalajara unleashed a 30 yard howitzer at Pinto who was way off the mark, and restored parity for Chivas, 1-1 on 60 minutes. The marking was lax, Pinto's position was questionable, and so the cost was paid, game on! However it seemed no one informed Guardiola or Barcelona that the game would continue.
Fabian drove the message and the lesson home to Guardiola and his pupils again when on 63 minutes Muniesa was beat down the left side and a cross came in which Pinto did not even attempt to go out and clear and which left his defense in disarray. Marcos Fabian however, was not in disarray as he rose into the air and delivered a spectacular bicycle kick right into Barcelona's net, 2-1. Chivas had Barcelona by the scruff of their necks but were not done. Barcelona at this point were in a tight spot, having to either fight for pride or opt for embarrassment, they opted for the later.
Once again down the left, Muniesa once again being easy pray for the experienced Chivas players, was left behind. The cross came in, low this time, Casillas from Chivas was there to catch it since Busquets and Gomez weren't there, Pinto to ground, and ball in the net. Casillas of Guadalajara made it 3-1 for Chivas and already slight boos started to reign down from the crowd and the lesson was just reaching grading time on 72 minutes. Well, as if this wasn't enough insult for the 70 thousand of mostly Barcelona fans, the final grade was yet to come.
When a game proves to be so one sided, referees should have mercy on the loosing side and not give extra time, but of course that's just an opinion and not one that was held by the man in charge. So four minutes of extra time were given and the fourth goal arrived. Pinto's mistake was finally costly and the final slap in the face to Pep's B team and Barcelona fans alike, delivered. In the second minute of extra time a corner was given, Pinto rejected the cross but the rebound landed straight to Verduzco from Chivas who made Pinto pay for his terrible night of goalkeeping.
4-1 Yes, you read it right as I'm sure you've been counting, was the count, and Chivas deservedly embarrassed Barcelona and gave them an F for effort and an F for the total Fiasco that was. If Pep is serious about a pre-season and even has slight respect for the record crowds that come to see the ever popular Barcelona, then he's now forced to field a strong lineup and win the last match of the tour if he is to avoid another lopsided scoreline that not only embarrasses his team, but gives the fans a poor showing for the good money they pay to come out and see the best team in the world.
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