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FC Barcelona shares points with Athletic Bilbao

April 29th, 2013

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)


La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 32

April 22nd, 2013

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. 

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Goal from Cesc against Levante puts league title one step closer

April 22nd, 2013

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)


La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 31

April 15th, 2013

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.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona 31 26 3 2 98 33 81
2 Real Madrid 31 21 5 5 80 29 68
3 Atlético Madrid 31 20 5 6 56 25 65
4 Real Sociedad 31 15 9 7 57 39 54
5 Málaga 31 14 8 9 44 32 50
6 Valencia 31 14 8 9 47 45 50
7 Betis 31 14 6 11 45 44 48
8 Getafe 31 12 8 11 39 46 44
9 Rayo Vallecano 31 14 2 15 40 51 44
10 Sevilla 31 12 6 13 45 42 42
11 Espanyol 31 10 10 11 39 41 40
12 Levante 31 11 7 13 35 50 40
13 Valladolid 31 10 8 13 39 43 38
14 Athletic Bilbao 31 10 5 17 34 56 35
15 Osasuna 31 8 7 16 26 36 31
16 Deportivo 31 7 8 16 42 63 29
17 Granada 31 7 7 17 27 50 28
18 Zaragoza 31 7 6 18 28 49 27
19 Celta 30 6 6 18 29 45 24
20 Mallorca 30 6 6 18 32 63 24

Thiago and Tello seal win for Barcelona against Zaragoza

April 15th, 2013

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)


La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 30

April 8th, 2013

Both Barça and Real Madrid had solid wins over the weekend (5-0 and 5-1 respectively), while Atletico dropped back after drawing against Getafe.

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Nou Camp celebrates Tito’s return with solid win against Mallorca

April 7th, 2013

FC Barcelona celebrated both Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal’s return to the Nou Camp on Saturday night with a spectacular 5-0 against Mallorca. The Barça coach has recently returned from New York where he was receiving treatment for cancer of the salivary duct, while Abidal came on in the second half for the first time since his liver transplant last year. 

With Messi out of action after the draw against Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday and with the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday some of the big guns were missing from the squad. However, Iniesta came on as captain while Cesc slotted in to replace Messi.

In fact by the half time whistle with Barça four goals ahead the match was all but over with two each from Cesc and Alexis. After the break Cesc scored his hattrick immediately to make it 5-0. While that was to be the last goal of the match, another highlight was when Eric Abidal came replace Gerard Pique in the 69th minute to huge cheers from the crowd.

1-0 Fábregas (min 19)
2-0 Alexis (min 21)
3-0 Fábregas (min 36)
4-0 Alexis (min 37)
5-0 Fábregas (min 45)


La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 29

April 2nd, 2013

FC Barcelona remain 13 points ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish league after both teams drew. Atletico Madrid had the opportunity to take second place again, but also walked away with a single point and remain in third.

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Last minute goal from Celta leaves Barça with a draw

April 2nd, 2013

Ahead of their Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain, Barcelona fielded a squad with a number of less familiar faces against Celta de Vigo on Saturday night, while Abidal appeared on the bench for the first time following his liver transplant last April.

Barça dominated possession in their usual manner they were prevented from doing much with the ball by Celta who started pressurising early on and eventually it was Celta who opened the scoring after 37 minutes. However, that lead didn’t last long, with Tello equalising for the Catalans 5 minutes later.

Back on after the break, it wasn’t until 20 minutes from time that Messi put Barcelona in the lead, meaning he has scored against every single team in Spain’s top league. However, Oubiña scored a few minutes before the end leaving Barça with a draw.

1-0 Natxo Insa (min 37)
1-1 Tello (min 42)
1-2 Messi (min 71)
2-2 Oubiña (min 86)


Barcelona beats Rayo 3-1

March 18th, 2013

After knocking out AC Milan from Champions League last week, FC Barcelona seems to be back on form and fully recovered from their dip in performance against Real Madrid recently.

It was the turn of Rayo Vallecano to visit the haloed turf of the Nou Camp and both sides went out of their way to score. Rayo is currently half way down the table, but came on playing to win. In the end though it was Barcelona, with Puyol and Xavi off through injury, who went ahead. First a goal from Villa and then from Messi a few minutes from the break. And back on again Messi again to make it 3.

Tamudo scored in the 69th minute for the visitors, but by then it was too late to stage a comeback and the match edned 3-1. With the first captains off through injury or, in the case of Victor Valdes, suspension the captaincy was handed to Inieta. When he came off the armband was handed to Leo Messi, his first ever time as Barça captain.

1-0 Villa (min 24)
2-0 Messi (min 39)
3-0 Messi (min 56)
3-1 Tamudo (min 69)


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