While Leo Messi may have stolen the headlines with a brace against the Yellow Submarine, Barcelona’s star of the show on Saturday night was their midfield magician Xavi Hernandez.
The puppeteer in the middle of the park, Xavi managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the first half as he curled home a perfect free-kick into the corner that gave home goalie Diego Lopez no chance. Aside from scoring though, Xavi was also the architect for Leo Messi and Bojan Krkic’s first half goals, while the Spanish passer-extraordinaire also provided the killer ball that lead to the fourth goal.
Xavi’s man-of-the-match performance can be seen here.
As a bonus from the same match, Villarreal improved significantly after the break coinciding with the introduction of Marcos Senna off the bench. The Spanish midfielder put in an authoritative performance in the midfield, and his match highlights can be seen here.
Over in Italy on Saturday night, AC Milan stopped their recent rot as they edged Fiorentina 1-nil at the San Siro.
Ronaldinho was the most dangerous player on the pitch and had two wonderful opportunities to open the scoring in the first half. He always looked like the player that would break the scoreless deadlock and thatâ€™s just what he did from the penalty spotÂ midway through the second half.
Dinho’s performance wasn’t without controversy though, as the buck-toothed wonder took a shameful dive in the penalty area that earned him a yellow card for simulation and took a little gloss off his performance.
Ronaldinho’s match highlights can be seen here.