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Match report

Valdes sees red as Barça loses second clasico inside a week

March 4th, 2013

Although Saturday afternoon’s clash with Real Madrid started going wrong after five minutes after Benzema put the hosts ahead, Messi equalised for the Catalans 12 minutes later.

Real Madrid had nothing really to gain on Barcelona, with a 16 point difference in the league, and with the Champions League clash against Manchester United on Tuesday rested some key players. Barça didn’t seem to be on top of things all the same, despite dominating possession.

However, 10 minutes from full time Ramos headed a corner past Victor Valdes to put Madrid back in the lead. But the defining moment of the match was when a clear penalty was denied after Adriano was brought down in the box. Iniesta was shown a yellow, while Valdes received a red after the final whistle for his protestations to the ref, which continued in the tunnel and for which he will received a lengthy ban.

1-0 Benzema (min 5)
1-1 Messi (min 17)
2-1 Sergio Ramos (min 81)


Barça crashes out of Copa del Rey

February 27th, 2013

Barça crashed out of the Copa del Rey last night in a 3-1 loss against arch-rival Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

The first leg of the semifinal had ended in a 1-1 draw and there were high hopes for Barcelona at home. However, the visitors went one goal up after just 12 minutes thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, meaning the Catalans would need to score 2 to go through and putting the pressure on.

The score remained 1-0 to Madrid at the break, but it took less than 10 minutes for Ronaldo to score his second goal and pretty much putting a win out of the hands of Barcelona; and then Varene scored a third goal for Real Madrid leaving the Nou Camp feeling decimated.

Jordi Alba was able to restore some pride to the Catalans though, with a goal for FC Barcelona just minutes from full time. However, it is a huge disappointment for the team who have been doing so well this season.

Barcelona travels to Madrid on Saturday to play another la liga clasico. They’ll be looking to regain something after last night’s loss.

0-1 Ronaldo (min 12)
0-2 Ronaldo (min 56)
0-3 Varane (min 67)
1-3 Jordi Alba (min 88)


Barcelona beats Sevilla in cold night at the Nou Camp

February 25th, 2013

Saturday night was Sevilla’s turn to visit the Nou Camp in cold conditions that saw snow over much of Catalonia. It was also Barça’s first match after the dissappointment of defeat at the hands of AC Milan and so they had something to prove.

Although Barcelona dominiated possession throughout, the first half ended with the visitors in the lead after a goal in the 41st minute by Botía, one of the only real challenges they had on the Barcelona goal.

However, after the break Barcelona came on with renewed determination to make something happen; the fans didn’t have long to wait with David Villa scoring with his head just six minutes in to the second half from a Dani Alves cross. And then, just a few minutes later Messi put the Catalans in the lead with the final goal of the match.

0-1 Botía (min 41)
1-1 Villa (min 51)
2-1 Messi (min 59)


Barça loses first leg Champions League quarter final to Italians

February 21st, 2013

Disaster stuck FC Barcelona last night when they lost the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals against AC Milan in Italy.

After not really getting to grips with the game and ended in a goalless draw at the break, Boateng scored 10 minutes into the second half after a blatant hand ball by Zapata. And then eleven minutes from the end Muntari scored Milan’s second goal to seal the match for the Italians.

While the result is unwelcome, the Catalans still have what it takes to overcome the disadvantage as they go into the home leg on March 12th.

1-0 Boateng (min 55)
2-0 Muntar (min 79)


Barça stages second half comeback to defeat Granada

February 18th, 2013

Barcelona notched up another 3 points in the Spanish league on Saturday after a 2-1 win against Granada. The hosts opened the scoring, with a goal from Ighalo in the 25th minute that saw the Catalans goalless at the break, but Lionel Messi scored 2 for Barça to turn the match around.

Right from the start Granada were able to disrupt the flow of the game, but soon the visitors began to get into their stride and dominate possession. However, despite their best efforts they were unable to score.

However, back on after the break and Messi scored within a few minutes after the Granada keeper deflected a shot from Cesc. Meanwhile Barça upped the pressure and it only seemed a matter of time before they went into the lead; a goal from Pedro was disallowed, but finally, 72 minutes into the game Messi scored from a free kick.

1-0 Ighalo (min 25)
1-1 Messi (min 49)
1-2 Messi (min 72)


Goals galore against Getafe

February 11th, 2013

It was goals galore at the Nou Camp on Sunday after noon when Getafe visited the stadium for a match that was unusual in that it kicked off at midday. Attendence was one of the best of the season so far and many children taken to watch Barça play. And what a treat they were in for!

Alexis opened the scoring after 5 minutes, with Messi putting the Catalans two goals ahead at the 12 minute mark and looked to have the match completely under control. All the same, it wasn’t until the second half that the next goal came, scored by David Villa to make it 3-0 and pretty much wrap the game up. However, despite the pace slowing, Tello scored a fourth for Barça 20 minutes later.

Entering the closing phase of the match Getafe were able to strike back, with Álvaro scoring one for the visitors in the 82nd minute. But the Catalans had not yet finished and two more, from Iniesta and Piqué put the final score at 6-1.

1-0 Alexis (min 5)
2-0 Messi (min 12)
3-0 Villa (min 57)
4-0 Tello (min 77)
4-1 Álvaro (min 82)
5-1 Iniesta (min 89)
6-1 Piqué (min 91)


Trip to Mestalla ends in a draw

February 4th, 2013

One team that can often be relied on to put up a fight is Valencia, and so it was on Sunday evening when FC Barcelona made the trip down to play at the Mestalla.

The hosts prevented Barça from their trademark control of the ball and neither team seemed able to make a serious attempt on the goal early on but just after the half hour mark Valencia opened the scoring. Their lead was not to last long though, with Lionel Messi equalising just a few minutes later from the penalty spot after Pedro was brought down in the box.

Cesc came close to putting Barça in the lead at the start of the second half, just putting the ball wide, and when David Villa came on he came close to scoring. In the end Victor Valdes was put to work as he made a last minute save as Soldado came close to scoring.

1-0 Banega (min 32)
1-1 Messi (min 38)


Copa del Rey semifinal first leg ends in draw against Madrid

January 31st, 2013

The first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals ended in a draw last night as FC Barcelona visited the Bernabeu to play Real Madrid. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring five minutes into the second half, with the host’s equaliser coming 10 minutes before the full time whistle.

While the Catalans were perhaps a little unlucky in not scoring again, the result does at least mean that they go into the home leg with the advantage.

The return leg is set for Wednesday 27th February at 22:00.

0-1 Cesc (Min 49)
1-1 Varane (Min 80)


Barça back on form against Osasuna

January 28th, 2013

After suffering their first league defeat of the season last weekend Barcelona were back on form at the Nou Camp on Sunday when they played host to Osasuna. Jordi Roure was again in charge while Tito Vilanova undergoes treatment for cancer.

On particular form was Leo Messi, who opened the scoring in the 10th minute. While Loe equalised in minute 23 for the visitors, it was the world’s number one player who put Barça back in front. Three minutes later Arribas received his second yellow card for handling the ball inside the area and the visitors were down to 10 men, tipping the balance of the match completely; Messi scored from the penalty spot.

Pedro scored Barcelona’s third towards the end of the first half, and after the break, with a rejigged lineup for Osasuna, Messi scored the two goals of the second half 10 minutes in and then two minutes later.

1-0 Messi (min 10)
1-1 Raoul Loe (min 23)
2-1 Messi (min 27)
3-1 Pedro (min 39)
4-1 Messi (min 55)
5-1 Messi (min 57)


Barça beats Malaga to earn place in Copa del Rey semifinal

January 25th, 2013

FC Barcelona went through to the next round of the Copa del Rey last night after beating Malaga 4-2. Pedro scored the opener for the Catalans, but the home team soon equalised. Pique then put the visitors ahead again early in the second half, only to have Malaga equalise again 20 minutes later.

Finally it was up to Iniesta and Messi to score two more goals for Barcelona to end Malagas hopes completely.

In the next round Barça faces arch-rival Real Madrid.

0-1 Pedro (min 7)
1-1 Joaquin (min 11)
1-2 Pique (min 49)
2-2 Santa Cruz (min 68)
2-3 Iniesta (min 76)
2-4 Messi (min 80)


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