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La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 12

November 19th, 2012

Barcelona remain three points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table following both teams’ win in their respective matches, and Real Madrid lie in third place still after their 5-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao. Meanwhile Barcelona’s second team, Espanyol, lie on the bottom with just nine points, a team that is clearly in crisis. 

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Barcelona beats Zaragoza to make it 11 out of 12

November 19th, 2012

FC Barcelona won their eleventh league match of the season on Saturday night, in a game that saw the welcome return of Carles Puyol after his elbow dislocation; and with Gerard Pique back too, Barça’s defence was back up to full strength.

The Catalans stared off well, taking the lead at the quarter hour mark thanks to a goal from Leo Messi. The controlled the match completely, quickly retaking possession from Zaragoza whenever the visitors gained the ball. However, when Zaragoza did get the chance to attack the Barcelona goal they broke through and were able to equalise from the resulting corner. Five minutes later though, Alex Song scored his first goal for Barça after being set up by Messi.

While Zaragoza created some chances, after the break Barcelona once again reigned and in the 58th minute Messi scored from a Montoya cross. It was good to see Carles Puyol receive a standing ovation when he was substituted with Bartra, but the defence remained pretty much impenetrable. Cesc set Iniesta up twelve minutes from the end only for the shot to hit the post, and the score stood at 3-1 when the final whistle blew.

Out of a possible 36 points from the twelve league matches played, Barça has now taken 34, a truly remarkable record for Tito Vilanova in his debut season as coach.

1-0 Messi (min 15)
1-1 Paco Montañés (min 23)
2-1 Alex Song (min 27)
3-1 Messi (min 58)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 11

November 12th, 2012

Barcelona’s victory against Mallorca kept them three points ahead of Atletico Madrid, with Real Madrid trailing eight points behind in third place. 

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Barça beats Mallorca as Messi passes Pele

November 12th, 2012

Barcelona continued their record breaking streak of 10 wins in 11 league matches after beating Mallorca 4-2 last night, while Lionel Messi passed Pele’s 1958 tally of 75 goals in a calendar year with his 75th and 76th goals. The record stands at 85, by Gerd Mueller in 1972.

Barça dominated the first half, and by the half time whistle were three goals ahead thanks to Xavi, Messi and Tello. However, after the break Mallorca came on fighting with Pereira scoring the first for the home team in minute 54. Three minutes later Barcelona’s lead was cut to a single goal after a penalty was awarded to Mallorca for hand ball, with Victor putting the ball into the back of the net.

However, the Catalans reacted well and when Alves crossed to Alexis, who controlled the ball, Messi was able to finish and the match was back under control again.

0-1 Xavi (min 27)
0-2 Messi (min 43)
0-3 Tello (min 44)
1-3 Pereira (min 54)
2-3 Víctor (min 57)
2-4 Messi (min 69)

La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 10

November 5th, 2012

FC Barcelona’s 3-1 victory against Celta means that they beat their existing record for the start of the season and have won nine matches out of 10 with a single draw. Meanwhile, Atletico de Madrid slipped back after losing against Valencia and Real Madrid remain eight points behind Barcelona after beating Zaragosa.

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Victory against Celta sees new record for Barça

November 5th, 2012

Saturday night saw a new record created by FC Barcelona after they won their ninth match in 10 games when they played Celta at the Nou Camp.

The Catalans came on looking strong, dominating possession and looking like they meant business. Back in defence there was no Abidal or Piqué, while Puyol is going to be off for some time still after his horrific elbow dislocation.

The first goal came in the 20th minute from Adriano, set up by Pedro. However, soon after Mario Bermejo soon equalised for Celta. Barcelona quickly struck back though, when David Villa scored in the 25th minute to make it 2-1.

In the second half Villanova brought on Bartra in place of Cesc Fabregas to bolster Barça’s defence. Equally, Celta’s defence seemed difficult to break and it was only in the 60th minute when David Villa and Jordi Alba broke through to score. In the final half-hour the home team controled the balll with little sign of trouble, ending the game 3-1.

Barça’s new record was not the only cause for celebration. On Friday it was widely reported that Lionel Messi became a father for the first time.

1-0 Adriano (min 20)
1-1 Mario Bermejo (min 23)
2-1 Villa (min 25)
3-1 Jordi Alba (min 60)

La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 9

October 29th, 2012

Barcelona remain at the head of the table on 25 points after beating Rayo Vallecano 5-0 on Saturday. While the team in second place is from Madrid, it is Atletico rather than arch-rival Real snapping at the heels of the Catalans. Real Madrid remains eight points behind and lies is fourth place after beating Mallorca 5-0.

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Barça beats Rayo 5-0

October 29th, 2012

FC Barcelona’s 5-0 win against Rayo Vallecano means Tito Vilanova has equalled the club’s record for the start of a season of 8 wins and a draw set by Louis van Gaal in the 1997/98 season. In the same match Lionel Messi became equal tenth highest scoring player in la liga.

The hosts started out with Rayo looking like they were going all out and came close to scoring in the first 15 minutes. However, in the 20th minute Cesc found David Villa who scored the opener and after that Barcelona settled into the match, dominating possession.

However, it wasn’t until the start of the second half that things really started to go Barça’s way, with Messi scoring the second goal just two minutes in. Rayo did continue trying but with Barça continuing to dominate possession their efforts just ran out of steam and the match ended with goals from Xavi, Cesc and Messi to end 5-0.

0-1 Villa (min 20)
0-2 Messi (min 47)
0-3 Xavi (min 78)
0-4 Fábregas (min 79)
0-5 Messi (min 88)

La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 8

October 22nd, 2012

Barcelona hang on to the top spot in the Spanish league thanks to their goal tally after Atletico Madrid narrowly beat Real Sociedad 1-0.

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Goals galore as Barça beats Deportivo

October 21st, 2012

Barcelona came on in storming fashion on Saturday night, with three goals in the first 17 minutes looking like they would easily walk away with three points. However, Deportivo had a different idea, and fought back to take the score to 2-3 by the 37th minute; meanwhile Messi scored his second minutes before the half time whistle to take the score to 2-4.

Back on after the break, Pizzi scored his second for the home team to close up the gap. The Catalans then went down to 10 men when Mascherano got his second yellow card. Although continuing the attack, Barcelona failed to put the ball home until Messi scored his hat trick in the 76th minute to make it 3-5. Two minutes later and Jordi Alba scored his second goal of the night; unfortunately an own goal to leave the scoreline 4-5 by the time the final whistle went.

FC Barcelona now has 22 points at the top of the table, having won every game but their draw in the clasico; Real Madrid trail by 8 points.

0-1 Jordi Alba (min 1)
0-2 Tello (min 7)
0-3 Messi (min 17)
1-3 Pizzi (min 25)
2-3 Álex Bergantiños (min 37)
2-4 Messi (min 42)
3-4 Pizzi (min 46)
3-5 Messi (min 76)
4-5 Jordi Alba (own goal min 78)

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