Even without the services of Lionel Messi, and the cancer scare of manager Tito Vilanova looming over the club, Barcelona steamed past Real Valladolid 2-1 Sunday at Camp Nou.
In the starting lineup for Messi, Pedro scored the Catalans first goal in the 21st minute, and an own goal by Valladolid defender Marc Valiente in the 42nd capped the La Liga champs scoring on the day.
Forward Manucho drew a penalty in the Barcelona area, and conceded it to midfielder Victor Perez who fired off Valladolid’s only score of the game in the 89th.
It was learned early this week Vilanova had undergone treatment for cancer earlier this season, and Messi said the news had disrupted the Barcelona dressing room and play on the pitch. However, the club bounced back and captured their fourth La Liga title in five seasons last week, and took to the streets of Barcelona to celebrate with their legions of fans.
Before Pedro’s goal, the Catalans attack drew two straight offsides, but forced a fastbreak on their next trip.
Xavi delivered a through ball along the middle of Valladolid’s area Pedro slotted a right-footed shot to the center of the goal
Three minutes before halftime, Barcelona drew a corner kick, which Valiente tried to clear but instead deflected into the Valladolid goal.
The highlights can be viewed below.