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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)


La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 7

October 8th, 2012

FC Barcelona remain 8 points ahead of Real Madrid after a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp last night. Meanwhile, the slip has allowed Atletico Madrid to draw on points, putting them in second place thanks to Barça’s goal tally. Madrid are now in fifth place on 11 points.

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Hard fought clasico ends in draw

October 8th, 2012

Barcelona went into the classico on Sunday night 8 points ahead of Real Madrid, having won all six of their previous league matches this season. The match saw them without Carles Puyol, after his horrific arm injury suffered during the Champions League during the week, and Gerard Pique.

There were a couple of apparent penalties that were not called by the ref and a spectacular shot that struck the bar in the closing minutes of the match that would have given all three points to Barcelona, but at the end of the day the Catalans walked away remaining eight points ahead.

The first goal came from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 22nd minute, with an uncomfortable amount of play in the Barça half. However, five minutes later Leo Messi scored for Barcelona to make it 1-1.

After the break Barcelona dominated and at the hour mark Messi scored from a free kick outside the box, putting Barça ahead. However, elation didn’t last long as Cristiano Ronaldo scored five minutes later to equalise.

At the end of the match Montoya shot from outside the box and it looked as it is if it was going to go in. However, but it struck bar and bounced out, leaving the score 2-2.

0-1 Ronaldo (min 22)
1-1 Messi (min 29)
2-1 Messi (min 60)
2-2 Ronaldo (min 65)


La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 6

October 1st, 2012

Barcelona retained their unblemished record at the weekend with their sixth win in six matches, although they appeared close to coming unstuck after Sevilla went two goals up. Real Madrid won decisively agains Deportivo, but remain 8 points behind Barça. However, the first big showdown happens next weekend when Madrid travels to the Nou Camp. You can expect more than the normal fireworks with Madrid’s poor form at the start of the season, reportedly poor relations between the Spanish and Portuguese contingents inside the club, and the recent march in favour of Catalan independence bringing the two regions into direct confrontation politically.

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Barcelona claws back victory against Sevilla

October 1st, 2012

Barcelona clawed back a 2-0 deficit on Saturday night against Sevilla to win the match in injury time and hold on to their unbeaten run in the league this season. Although the Catalans appeared to be in control of the match early on and a couple of good chances for Pedro and Messi, it was Sevilla who opened the scoring in the 25th minute. The first half ended 1-0 to the home team, but soon Sevilla were 2-0 up thanks to Negredo.

However, the Barcelona squad kept their heads and Cesc Fabregas soon scored the first for Barcelona, and several chances being created but the goals just didn’t come. Finally with a couple of minutes remaining on the clock, Cesc scored his second to level the score. The icing on the cake though was David Villa’s goal in the 92nd minute to give Barcelona the lead and an unbroken run of six matches won.

Next Sunday sees Real Madrid visit the Nou Camp in what is likely to be another highly charged match.

1-0 Trochowski (min 25)
2-0 Negredo (min 47)
2-1 Fabregas (min 52)
2-2 Fabregas (min 88)
2-3 Villa (min 92)


La liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 5

September 25th, 2012

Barcelona remains 8 points ahead of Real Madrid after a weekend that saw Madrid’s match against Rayon postponed due to suspected sabotage of the floodlighting at the host stadium. Barcelona struggled in their match against Granada, although eventually winning 2-0, while Madrid won their second league match of the season.

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Barcelona struggles to defeat Granada

September 23rd, 2012

FC Barcelona won their fifth consecutive league match last night against Granada, although they struggled to score at all. Granada went out of their way to break the flowing style of Barça, who struggled to get close to the visitors goal. In fact there were just two opportunities in the first half, neither of which went home.

Back on after the break Barça started to find their form, while their opponent struggled in defence. Barcelona started to pile on the pressure, although Granada wouldn’t yield. And suddenly they went on the counter-attack, with Victor Valdes making a great save.

Finally it was only in the 86th minute that Xavi scored off the crossbar. Minutes later Messi’s shot was deflected by Borja into his own net to make it 2-0 Barcelona.

1-0 Xavi (min 86)
2-0 Borja (min 91)


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