FC Barcelona 3-0 C.A. Osasuna

FC Barcelona players celebrate after Lionel Messi scored the second goal during the la Liga match between CA Osasuna and Barcelona at Estadio Reyno de Navarra on December 4, 2010 in Pamplona, Spain.
Barcelona defeated Real Osasuna 3-0 despite arriving minutes before the scheduled 1900 GMT kick-off after travelling by train and coach.The start of the game was delayed by 50 minutes before a Pedro goal and Lionel Messi’s brace ensured a Barca victory.The league leaders thought that the game had been rescheduled for Sunday after Spanish air traffic controllers walked out and grounded flights.But Osasuna said the Spanish Football Federation had not moved the game. 

Barcelona, who defeated Real Madrid 5-0 on Monday, left the Catalan city at 1400 GMT by high-speed train to Zaragoza before completing the journey in a coach.

“Osasuna understands there is nothing that could justify the change of the day and time set for the match, according to current regulations,” said an Osasuna statement prior to the fixture.

Barcelona also issued a statement on their website “expressing outrage at the Spanish Football Federation because their indecision has caused great harm to the sporting interests, the image and the fans of this club”.

Barca vice-president Jordi Cardoner was quoted in the Spanish media as saying: “The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had assured us that if the air space wasn’t opened the match would be postponed.

“Obviously there has been a misunderstanding.” Valencia and Atletico Madrid gave themselves more time for their respective games on Saturday.

Valencia travelled by coach to the Spanish capital on Friday to play Real Madrid, while Atletico Madrid used the same mode of transport in order to play Valencia-based Levante.

However Atletico slumped to a 2-0 defeat at promoted Levante, making it three defeats in a week for the misfiring Europa League holders.

Last season Liverpool negotiated a 1200-mile journey by train, coach and plane for a Europa League semi


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