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Barça through to last 16 of Copa del Rey

December 17th, 2014

Barcelona last night firmly qualified for the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after beating Huesca 8-1 after beating them 4-0 in the first leg.

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Pedro scored a hat-trick in the first half, opening the scoring nearly 20 minutes set up by Munir, with Sergi Roberto and Iniesta scoring one each to go into the break 5-0. The second half saw three more goals from Barça, scored by Adriano, Adama and Sandro, while the guest team scored one just minutes from the end.

As usual with the Copa del Rey some of Barça’s big names sat it out, but it was a good opportunity for some of the reserve players to show what they could do; Adama scored his first goal for the club, while Jordi Massip made his debut in goal.

1-0 Pedro (min 19)
2-0 Pedro (min 25)
3-0 Sergi Roberto (min 28)
4-0 Iniesta (min 38)
5-0 Pedro (min 42)
6-0 Adriano (min 66)
7-0 Adama Traoré (min 76)
8-0 Sandro Ramírez (min 81)
8-1 Gaspar Gálvez (min 84)


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 15

December 15th, 2014

Barcelona slipped further behind Real Madrid after drawing against Getafe, although Atletico’s loss to Villarreal means they are three points behind Barça.

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Barça slips against Getafe

December 15th, 2014

Getafe v FC Barcelona

Barcelona slipped in their campaign for the Spanish League title after a goalless draw at Getafe on Saturday in a match played without Neymar who is recovering from injury. The Catalans dominated possession throughout the match, but were unable to translate that possession into results in a match under cold rain.

The first half saw little real action, particularly in the first fifteen minutes, although when anything did look like it was going to happen Suarez seemed to be involved. And while Barça held on to the ball for three quarters of the time, it was Getafe who had the only real attempt at scoring throughout the first half, forcing Bravo into action for the save.

After the break saw more of the same, with a few chances created by Barça but unable to score. Messi had a couple of good opportunities, as did a number of other players, but they were just unable to do enough to get through the Getafe defence and make it count. Enrique bround on Munir and Iniesta in place of Rakitic and Pedro, but to no good effect. Iniesta had a chance but it was easily cleared and the match ended with neither team scoring.


Barça takes Group F top spot from PSG

December 11th, 2014

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FC Barcelona is on top of Group F after winning their match against Paris Saint-Germain last night at the Nou Camp thanks to goals from Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

The visitors were the first to score with ex-Barça player Ibrahimovic putting the ball past Ter Stegen inside 15 minutes, but Messi equalised soon after set up by Mascherano and Suarez. That goal was Messi’s 75th in the Champions League. Although possession was tipped in Barcelona’s favour, both teams had opportunities but it wasn’t until the closing minutes of the first half that Neymar put the ball into the visitor’s net.

Back on for the second half and with Xavi and Ratikic brought on by Luis Enrique. It wasn’t until the 76th minute that the next goal came. Neymar shot at the PSG goal and Suarez scored off the rebound to effectively seal the win for Barcelona. Both teams came close to scoring again, but the score was to end 3-1 to Barcelona and a very welcome victory.

0-1 Ibrahimovic (min 14)
1-1 Messi (min 18)
2-1 Neymar (min 40)
3-1 Suárez (min 76)


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 14

December 8th, 2014

Barcelona remains second in the league after the Barcelona derby saw yet another hat-track from Leo Messi and exceeding 400 goals in his career. Madrid remain at the top of the table, after Cristiano Ronaldo also scored a hat-track while Atletico Madrid are in third.

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Messi hat-trick in Barcelona derby

December 8th, 2014

FC Barcelona beat RCD Espanyol 5-1 last night in the city derby that saw Lionel Messi score his third hat-trick in four matches and taking his career goal tally to more than 400.

The visitors were first to score when Sergio Garcia managed to put the ball out of the reach of Claudio Bravo. Barça were caught unaware when they looked to the ref for an apparent foul on Busquets, while Espanyol closed in on the Barça goal to score.

Stunned to go down, Barcelona was soon attacking the Espanyol goal, although not making the play count. Espanyol came close to scoring a second, only to be saved by Bravo but just as it looked as though Barça would go into the break behind, Suarez and Xavi set up the ball for Messi to put inside the post and equalize seconds before the half time whistle.

Back in after the break, it didn’t take long for Messi to put Barcelona in the lead with his second of the night and minutes later Pique made it 3-1. With a win almost assured the home side settled back a little but in the 77th minute things came together with Alba’s long pass to Pedro who scored goal number four for Barça and if the job wasn’t already done, three minutes later Messi scored his third of the night off a Pedro assist.

0-1 Sergio Garcia (min 12)
1-1 Messi (min 45)
2-1 Messi (min 49)
3-1 Pique (min 52)
4-1 Pedro (min 76)
5-1 Messi (min 80)


Barcelona cruise to victory against Huesca

December 4th, 2014

Andres Iniesta’s marked his return to football last night with one of four goals scored against Huesca in the Copa del Rey.

After scoring the second goal of the night, Barça went into the break three ahead, finishing off the job with a single goal 25 minutes into the second half.  Iniesta had been out of action for 40 days following an injury, so good to see him back. It was hardly top flight football, with many reserve players, but a good way for him to ease back into action.

Rakitic (min 11)
Iniesta (min 15)
Pedro (min 38)
Rafinha (min 71)


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 13

December 1st, 2014

Barcelona remain second place in La Liga after their last minute win against Valencia on Sunday. Real Madrid are 2 points ahead and Atletico 2 points behind after both won their respective matches, Real Madrid creating a new club record with sixteen consecutive wins across all competitions.

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Barça beats Valencia with last minute Busquets goal

December 1st, 2014

Barcelona travelled to Valencia on Sunday hoping for another win after Real Madrid’s 16th consecutive victory kept them at the top of the league. However, it was only thanks to a last minute goal from Busquets that saved the Catalans from slipping further behind their arch rival in the league table.

Although the first half was fast and Barcelona dominated possession, neither side created any many real opportunities although Bravo saved a shot from Rodrigo as Valencia went on the offensive followed shortly after by what looked like a sure thing by Suarez that was saved.

Valencia was more aggressive after the break and came close to going ahead, with Pique clearing the ball off the line and Bravo called upon to make a couple of saves. Suarez was providing plenty of action for Barcelona and looked like he had put the Catalans ahead only to have it ruled offside. As the clock ticked down it looked increasingly like the match would end in a goalless draw, but finally in the last minute of injury time Neymar got his head to the ball off Messi. Busquets met the rebound and put it into the net for a last minute win for Barcelona.

0-1 Busquets (min 90)


New Messi record as Barça beats APOEL 4-0

November 26th, 2014

While the international breaks can sometimes be frustrating for anyone following domestic football, the recent gap in Spanish league football seems to have done wonders for Leo Messi, who scored his second hat track in two matches last night, gaining another new record in real style.

I don’t know whether he needed some home cooking, needed to mis with his Argentine team mates or just get away from the pressure of Barcelona for a few days, but he has come back bang on form. Despite last week hinting his long term future may not remain with Barça, all the signs are Messi is well and truly back after some weeks where his spark was missing. And that is always great to see.

From the time Barcelona came on until the final whistle went they had complete control, although the host’s defence wouldn’t let Barça through to score. Finally Suarez opened in the 26th minute, the first scored by the controversial Barcelona signing. Messi scored his first of the night in the 37th minute, and beating the previous record for goals scored in Champions League held by Raúl.

It took 12 minutes after the break for Messi to score his second of the night to put Barça ahead 3-0, set up by Dani Alves. Despite victory assured Barcelona kept on the pressure, although an attack by the home team ending with Rafinha receiving his marching orders after being shown a second yellow card 20 minutes before the end.

However, Apoel Nicosia also went down to 10 men with six minutes remaining, also for a second yellow card. And with just three minutes remaining Pedro passed the ball back to Messi for his third of the night. After five matches the result leaves Barça in second place in Group F with 12 points and Paris St Germain on 13. APOEL Nicosia and Ajax are on 1 and 2 points respectively.

0-1 Suárez (min 26)
0-2 Messi (min 37)
0-3 Messi (min 57)
0-4 Messi (min 86)


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