Barcelona slipped into fourth place in the league, with aerch-rival Real Madrid now in the number 1 spot after Barcelona’s defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo on Saturday.
After their defeat at the hands of Real Madrid last weekend, the thing FC Barcelona was really looking to do was put that one defeat behind them and continue with another string of wins. Unfortunately for the Catalans things didn’t turn out hat way and instead they suffered their second defeat in a row and slipped off the top spot in the league.
The match was also important for Leo Messi, who was looking to break the all time La Liga scoring; held by Telmo Zarra since 1955, it stands at 251. Messi had three chances inside four minutes but just couldn’t put the ball home.
Neymar started the second half with a shot that struck the crossbar, but disaster struck soon after when Joaquín Larrivey put the ball home for the visitors. With the visitors in the lead they slowed down the pace a bit, but Barça still looked like they could turn the match around. However as the final whistle approached the team was just unable to do enough the match ended with Barcelona’s second successive loss.
0-1 Larrivey (min 53)
Barcelona remains at the top of the table on 22 points after their defeat in el clasico on Saturday, ahead of Sevilla thanks to their prodigious goal scoring. Meanwhile Real Madrid is just a single point behind and Valencia and Atletico Madrid are on 20 points. Read the rest of this entry »
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Saturday saw Barça head for the Bernabeu where they played the first clasico of the season, one of the most anticipated matches worldwide.
The Catalans had a great start with Neymar scoring 3 minutes into the game, but the next half hour saw a period of stalemate until Marcelo broke down the right 34 minutes in and sent in a dangerous cross that was handled by Pique. Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to equalise.
The second half had the same frenzied energy with both sides trying very hard to get one in. And during the 48th minute, it was Pepe who headed in a corner at the far post to score a goal and take the lead. Barcelona had plenty of possession and looked like they may equalise only to see an attempt at the goal by Mathieu stopped by Casillas with a brilliant flying save.
Pique and Mascherano defended heroically but during in the 59th minute Isco took advantage of a mix up between Iniesta and Mascherano and Benzema put Madrid further ahead. Despite plugging away until the end and Barça lost their unbeaten league record for this season to their arch-rival.
0-1 Neymar (min 3)
1-1 Ronaldo (min 34)
2-1 Pepe (min 48)
3-1 Benzema (min 59)
Barcelona remains at the top of the table, three points clear of Sevilla and four ahead of Real Madrid with el clasico scheduled for next weekend.
Messi is just one strike away to equal the record of former Athletic Bilbao striker, Telmo Zarra, which is 251 Primera Division goals. Barcelona of course was the aggressive team while Eibar was more on the defensive with the Eibar coach more in favour of 5-3-2 formation than his usual 4-4-2
The first half, despite Barcelona’s dominance of possession, belonged to Eibar. Capa rounded Bravo after a through ball but was shot wide of the near post.
During the second half, Eibar was able to do well in containing Barcelona but has then buckled before the hour mark. Xavi was able to carry the ball forward from midfield and played in Messi that resulted in his first goal score of the season. Neymar was then able to score a goal when Xavi played a short pass to Alves who then picked out Neymar to volley home his eight league goal this season. Messi got a goal in during the 74th minute of the game, playing a one-two with Neymar before smashing the ball in the far post and into the net.
1-0 Xavi (min 60)
2-0 Neymar (min 72)
3-0 Messi (min 74)
FC Barcelona remains top of the league after beating Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night, ahead of Valencia, Sevilla and Real Madrid.
Barça is yet to concede a goal so far in the league and out of the 7 matches played so far has won 6 and drawn just once. In doing so Claudio Bravo has created a new record for a league start without conceding.
Barcelona played Rayo Vallecano at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on Saturday, beating the hosts 2-0 thanks to two goals in two minutes from Messi and Neymar.
Barça starting with a rotated line up that saw Piqué, Bartra, Mathieu, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Munir start; Xavi for one must have been happy, as only last week he voiced his frustration at starting on the bench so often this season. While Rayo definitely weren’t going to just let the Catalans walk over them, when the goals came they were within a 2 minute period. First Messi scored off a Pique chip and then right after Munir set up the second goal for Neymar.
In the second half Luis Enrique brought on Rakitic for Iniesta and then Sandro for Neymar and with Rayo down to 10 men after a second yellow for Morcillo Messi had plenty of opportunities to put Barça further in the ahead. However, it was not to happen and the match ended with Barcelona beating Rayo 2-0.
0-1 Messi (min 34)
0-2 Neymar (min 35)
After Wednesday’s disappointing slip against Malaga that saw Barça take just a single point, they are back firmly on top after a convincing win against Granada, while Valencia drew with Real Sociedad and Sevilla lost against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona is now two points clear of Valencia and Atletico, while Sevilla slipped into the number four spot. Read the rest of this entry »
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After a disappointing midweek match against Malaga, FC Barcelona bounced back with the annihilation of Granada at a packed Nou Camp on Saturday.
Ahead of the match Luis Enrique had warned that Granada can be dangerous, but with the team heavy on defence Barcelona had all the opportunities, although were unable to break through the impenetrable wall initially. The deadlock was broken at 25 minutes though. Neymar shot at the goal, which deflected off a defender’s leg and over the head of the keeper. Minutes before the break Messi set up Rakitic to put Barça two goals up, followed soon after by another from Neymar to end the first half 3-0.
It took another quarter hour of teh second half for Barcelona to score again, this time a Messi goal assisted by Xavi and Alves. Neymar scored his hat-trick a few minutes after to make it 5-0 from a Messi assist; and the Argentine scored the sixth goal of the match when he took the ball from the Granada defence and took the ball forward before putting in the back of the visitors’ goal.
1-0 Neymar (min 25)
2-0 Rakitic (min 42)
3-0 Neymar (min 44)
4-0 Messi (min 61)
5-0 Neymar (min 65)
6-0 Messi (min 81)