Seydou Keita will never forget what happened the last time Zaragoza played at the Camp Nou. The Malian scored the only hat-trick of his career in a game Barça won 6-1.
15 goals for Barça
Since signing for Barça in 2008, Keita has scored 15 goals in official matches. The Malian has
scored 11 goals in the league, two in the Champions League and two more in the Copa del Rey. And he
has managed to show his versatility, for these goals have been scored with his head, his left foot,
his right foot, from in and outside of the area, and have also demonstrated his opportunism.
October 25, 2009 was a very special day for Seydou Keita. In the eighth game of the season,
Zaragoza came to the Camp Nou and Barça’s Malian midfielder was brilliant as his side cruised
to a 6-1 win, with Keita himself finding the target three times.
Keita opens the scoring
Barça were simply astounding and Keita especially so when, for the first time ever,
he scored more than one goal in a single game. It was he who opened the scoring in the 24th minute
with a terrific header from a Leo Messi cross. The Aragonese defence simply didn’t know what
to do with the African, who made constant runs into the frontline to place himself in ideal
positions to receive passes.
Opportunistic goal and another header to complete the ‘set’
Shortly before half-time, Keita made it 3-0 after Ibrahimovic had scored the second
from a powerful free kick. In the 40th minute, the Malian tapped home a Xavi assist following yet
another penetrating run from midfield to end a move he had started himself.
Barça continued to dominate in the second half, with Ibrahimovic and Messi adding further
goals while Jorge López did manage a consolidation goal for Zaragoza. With five minutes to go,
Keita rounded off his historic evening by making it three with another trademark header from an
Iniesta corner that Carrizo was powerless to keep out. The player celebrated that goal in a very
special way. And he had every right to.