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La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 11

November 10th, 2014

Barcelona are back in second place after the weekend, after Valencia drew against Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid lost to Real Sociedad. The Catalans remain two points behind Madrid, who had another spectacular win against Rayo Vallecano.

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Late comeback against Almeria provides Barça win

November 10th, 2014

Barcelona visited Almeria on Saturday looking to bounce back from their recent form and with Neymar and Suarez starting on the bench it was only thanks to two late goals from Neymar and Jordi Alba that turned around the match after going a goal down in the first half.

Barcelona’s first real chance was in the 28th minute when Rakitic and Messi both had had headers stopped. However, Messi’s threat to the Almeria goal in the 37th minute ended with the Almeria defence taking possession and ended with Thievy scoring for the home side.

With Neymar and Suarez on after the break Almeria was as aggressive as ever. Barcelona upped their game and saw a chance when Suarez crossed to Neymar, who put it into Almeria’s net to equalise. With the Catalans energised by this, Alba was able to land another goal in with the help of Suarez and three points in the bag.

1-0 Thievy (min 36)
1-1 Neymar (min 71)
1-2 Jordi Alba (min 80)


Barça beats Ajax to secure place in second round

November 6th, 2014

FC Barcelona beat Ajax on Wednesday night thanks to two goals from Leo Messi, thereby equalling the all-time Champions League rcord of 71 goals set by Raul.

The result leaves them in second place in Group F, one point behind PSG with two more matches to play.

0-1 Messi (min 35)
0-2 Messi (min 75)


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 10

November 3rd, 2014

Barcelona slipped into fourth place in the league, with aerch-rival Real Madrid now in the number 1 spot after Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo on Saturday.

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Second straight loss for Barça

November 3rd, 2014

After their defeat at the hands of Real Madrid last weekend, the thing FC Barcelona was really looking to do was put that one defeat behind them and continue with another string of wins.  Unfortunately for the Catalans things didn’t turn out hat way and instead they suffered their second defeat in a row and slipped off the top spot in the league.

The match was also important for Leo Messi, who was looking to break the all time La Liga scoring; held by Telmo Zarra since 1955, it stands at 251. Messi had three chances inside four minutes but just couldn’t put the ball home.

Neymar started the second half with a shot that struck the crossbar, but disaster struck soon after when Joaquín Larrivey put the ball home for the visitors. With the visitors in the lead they slowed down the pace a bit, but Barça still looked like they could turn the match around. However as the final whistle approached the team was just unable to do enough the match ended with Barcelona’s second successive loss.

0-1 Larrivey (min 53)

 


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 9

October 27th, 2014

Barcelona remains at the top of the table on 22 points after their defeat in el clasico on Saturday, ahead of Sevilla thanks to their prodigious goal scoring. Meanwhile Real Madrid is just a single point behind and Valencia and Atletico Madrid are on 20 points.

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El clasico sees first league loss of the season for Barça

October 27th, 2014

Saturday saw Barça head for the Bernabeu where they played the first clasico of the season, one of the most anticipated matches worldwide.

The Catalans had a great start with Neymar scoring 3 minutes into the game, but the next half hour saw a period of stalemate until Marcelo broke down the right 34 minutes in and sent in a dangerous cross that was handled by Pique. Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to equalise.

The second half had the same frenzied energy with both sides trying very hard to get one in. And during the 48th minute, it was Pepe who headed in a corner at the far post to score a goal and take the lead. Barcelona had plenty of possession and looked like they may equalise only to see an attempt at the goal by Mathieu stopped by Casillas with a brilliant flying save.

Pique and Mascherano defended heroically but during in the 59th minute Isco took advantage of a mix up between Iniesta and Mascherano and Benzema put Madrid further ahead. Despite plugging away until the end and Barça lost their unbeaten league record for this season to their arch-rival.

0-1 Neymar (min 3)
1-1 Ronaldo (min 34)
2-1 Pepe (min 48)
3-1 Benzema (min 59)


FC Barcelona dominates to beat Ajax

October 22nd, 2014

FC Barcelona got the fans roaring at exactly 6 minutes into the game when Messi took the ball from Pedro and passed it to Neymar, who then curled the ball into the upper right corner of the goal mouth. Ajax then started to press harder but was no match for FC Barcelona and by the 23rd minute, Messi was again able to score a goal for the team.

During the second half, FC Barcelona mostly controlled the ball and Ajax was having a difficult time keeping up. Although there were a few opportunities on either side, there were no goals scored during this time.

A loose ball ended up at Anwar El Ghazi’s feet who got in a shot at the 86th minute. And just when Ajax thought they could catch up, Pedro and Rafinha combined to find a lurking Sandro who scored a goal 92nd minute into the game that had the team comfortably sitting at second place in Group F with six points.

1-0 Neymar (min 6)
2-0 Messi (min 23)
2-1 El Ghazi (min 86)
3-1 Sandro Ramirez (min 92)


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 8

October 20th, 2014

Barcelona remains at the top of the table, three points clear of Sevilla and four ahead of Real Madrid with el clasico scheduled for next weekend.

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Messi Reaches 250-goal Mark as Barcelona Beats Eibar

October 20th, 2014

Messi is just one strike away to equal the record of former Athletic Bilbao striker, Telmo Zarra, which is 251 Primera Division goals. Barcelona of course was the aggressive team while Eibar was more on the defensive with the Eibar coach more in favour of 5-3-2 formation than his usual 4-4-2

The first half, despite Barcelona’s dominance of possession, belonged to Eibar. Capa rounded Bravo after a through ball but was shot wide of the near post.

During the second half, Eibar was able to do well in containing Barcelona but has then buckled before the hour mark. Xavi was able to carry the ball forward from midfield and played in Messi that resulted in his first goal score of the season. Neymar was then able to score a goal when Xavi played a short pass to Alves who then picked out Neymar to volley home his eight league goal this season. Messi got a goal in during the 74th minute of the game, playing a one-two with Neymar before smashing the ball in the far post and into the net.

1-0 Xavi (min 60)
2-0 Neymar (min 72)
3-0 Messi (min 74)


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