FC Barcelona News
Barcelona went into the match against Atletico Madrid last night knowing that they had already clinched the league title after Real Madrid drew against Espanyol on Saturday, the fourth time in five years that the Catalans had won the Spanish title.
With nothing to play for by either team – Atletico have secured third place behind Real Madrid – nothing really happened at the beginning of the match and only towards the end of the first half did the action warm up, although Alves went off with a back strain. Back on after the break Falcao scored for the hosts, while Barcelona brought on Villa and Busquets, but minutes later the Catalans went down to ten men after Leo Messi was forced to retire.
In the end Alexis equalised for Barça in the 71st minute and David Villa’s shot rebounded off Gabi into the net to put Barcelona ahead.
1-0 Falcao (min 50)
1-1 Alexis (min 71)
1-2 Gabi (min 79)
Wins from Barcelona and Madrid this weekend means the gap at the top of the table remains 11 points with just 12 points left to play for; aa soon as Real Madrid drops a single point in the last four matches of the season the title goes to FC Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »
After the disappointment of their devastating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, Barcelona bounced back on Sunday in their Spanish League draw against Betis at the Nou Camp.
Although an error by the Barça defence meant that Betis opened the scoring in the second minute, Alexis scored for the Catalans in the 8th minute to equalise and afterwards Barcelona had several more good opportunities to score but were just unable to put the ball home. Betis hadn’t finished though and after a second goal three minutes from the break, the visitors ended the first half in the lead.
Back on after the break it took a few minutes before David Villa scored to put the score level again. Villa was then substituted for Lionel Messi, who quickly scored to put Barça in the lead for the first time in the match. The Argentine was not yet finished though and scored his second in the 70th minute to seal the win for Barça.
0-1 Dorlan Pabón (min 1)
1-1 Alexis (min 8)
1-2 Rubén Pérez (min 42)
2-2 Villa (min 54)
3-2 Messi (min 59)
4-2 Messi (min 70)
While mathematically it was possible for FC Barcelona to claim the league title this weekend, a draw against Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid’s win against Atletico mean that their campaign must continue. Barça is now 11 points ahead of their archrival on 85 points, with 15 points to play for. Read the rest of this entry »
Barcelona travelled to Bilbao to play Athletic with the league title close to being in the bag. Mathematically it would have been possible to claim the title this weekend, but it wasn’t to be.
The hosts came on strong and opened the scoring in the 26th minute, with a goal from Susaeta, and came close to scoring a second time in the first half. Barcelona slowly began to control the game, but when Lionel Messi came on just after the break the game appeared to turn around completely for Barça; immediately the Argentinian player scored the equaliser and then two minutes later he helped Alexis score to but Barcelona in the lead.
Just when it was looking like another win for FC Barcelona their luck changed. At the last minute Ander got through to the Barça goalmouth ensuring the two teams shared the points.
1-0 Susaeta (min 26)
1-1 Messi (min 66)
1-2 Alexis (min 68)
2-2 Ander (min 89)
Barcelona moved another step forward to clinching the Spanish League title for the 2012/2013 season after beating Levante 1-0 on Saturday. Real Madrid remain 13 points behind after beating Betis, with 18 points still to play for, while Atletico Madrid are 3 points behind them. Read the rest of this entry »
Saturday night saw Levante visit the Nou Camp ahead of the Champions League clash on Tuesday against Bayern Munich. Theoretically a straightforward match, Levante ensured that they did everything to stop the Catalans getting through despite controlling possession as normal.
Lionel Messi is still off while recovering from his injury, but up front Tito Vilanova played Cesc Fabregas and David Villa. However, the game was slow and Levante’s defence stopped them getting through for any real chances and when Thiago had a chance the Levante keeper made a good save; soon after Iniesta was brought down inside the box, but the resulting penalty by Villa was deflected and a follow up from Cesc stopped too.
After the break Xavi came on in place of Iniesta and the pace picked up a little. However, only after Alexis came on that he came close to setting up Villa, but finally in the 82nd minute it was Alexis that set up Cesc to score the only goal of the match.
1-0 Fábregas (min 82)
Barcelona remains 13 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table with just 21 points to play for after both teams convincingly won their respective matches. Atletico Madrid lies three points their city neighbours and are not yet out of the fight for second place, but the top spot is pretty much decided.
Barcelona finished the weekend with another three points in the bag after a 3-0 away win against Zaragoza on Sunday evening. Despite some of the big names missing from the squad, including Messi and Iniesta, Barça dominated possession in their normal manner.
However, as is too often the case, the Catalans were frustrated in converting the high possession into goals early in the match, until finally Thiago opened the scoring in the 19th minute. However, Tello ensured Barça finished the first half two goals ahead with a goal in the 38th minute set up by Thiago and Alexis.
Back on for the second half, it looked only a matter of time before Barcelona scored again. Tello scored his second of the match in minute 53, firmly sealing victory for FC Barcelona.
0-1 Thiago (min 19)
0-2 Tello (min 38)
0-3 Tello (min 53)