Villa nets on Debut
David Villa marked his league debut for Barcelona with a goal as Pep Guardiola’s side began the defence of their Primera Division title with a comfortable 3-0 win at Racing Santander.
Lionel Messi opened the scoring with a fine goal after just three minutes and Andres Iniesta added an even better second later in the half as the Spanish champions quickly took control at El Sardinero.
Racing striker Mohamed Tchite saw his penalty saved by Barca keeper Victor Valdes moments later and Villa had an effort ruled out for offside before the break.
But the Spain striker struck again after 62 minutes with a pinpoint header to score his first goal in Barca colours and ensure an ideal start to the league campaign for the Catalans.