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Match report

Gamper 2010 – Barça keeps trophy at the Nou Camp

August 26th, 2010

Ronaldinho was warmly received at the Nou Camp last night when AC Milan came to participate in the invitation Gamper Trophy. The match marked the official introduction of the new look squad, with David Villa scoring Barça’s only goal of the night to leave the full time score 1-1.

The hero of the night, therefore, was reserve goal keeper Pinto, who saved two penalties to hand the hosts the trophy for 2010. The league starts next weekend, with the first home match of the new league season being played the weekend of 11/12 September against Hercules.


First trophy for Rosell

August 22nd, 2010

FC Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-0 last night in the second leg of the Spanish Supercup, after a 3-1 defeat last weekend. The aggregate score means Barça took the trophy, the first under Sandro Rosell’s presidency.

Leo Messi scorred a hattrick, with the other goal being a Sevilla own goal. Last Saturday’s match saw a severely depleted Barça thanks to the Spanish Selection members being called up to play a friendly in Mexico.

Last night was David Villa’s first match in front of the Nou Camp faithful and although he played just a few minutes his efforts were well appreciated.


Pep Guardiola celebrates second La Liga title

May 17th, 2010

FC Barcelona took the Spanish league title last night in a 4-0 win against Valladolid, while Real Madrid’s hopes evaporated in a 1-1 draw against Malaga. Both Valladolid and Malaga were fighting relegation and had as much to play for as the arch-rivals at the top of the league, but in the event it was Malaga who saved their own skin.

The game started with Barça playing rather nervously and it wasn’t until the 26th minute that the first game came when Prieto put the ball in his own net after deflecting a shot from Pedro; two more minutes and Pedro put the ball in the net for Barcelona’s second goal.

Messi also played a starring role, with his first goal in the 62nd minute off Touré Yaya; he also set up Messi’s second goal in the 76th minute.

With the final whistle blown the crowd and team celebrated in style, while elsewhere across the city fireworks and horns celebrated the success of FC Barcelona; the city; and Catalonia.

1-0 Luis Prieto (min 26)
2-0 Pedro (min 28)
3-0 Messi (min 62)
4-0 Messi (min 76)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
38
31
6
1
98
24
99
2
Real Madrid
38
31
3
4
102
34
96
3
Valencia
38
21
8
9
59
38
71
4
Sevilla
38
19
6
13
65
49
63
5
Mallorca
38
18
8
12
59
44
62
6
Getafe
38
17
7
14
58
48
58
7
Villarreal
38
16
8
14
58
57
56
8
Athletic Bilbao
38
15
9
14
50
53
54
9
Atlético Madrid
38
13
8
17
57
61
47
10
Deportivo
38
13
8
17
35
49
47
11
Espanyol
38
11
11
16
29
46
44
12
Osasuna
38
11
10
17
37
46
43
13
Almería
38
10
12
16
43
55
42
14
Zaragoza
38
10
11
17
46
64
41
15
Sporting Gijón
38
9
13
16
36
51
40
16
Racing Santander
38
9
12
17
42
59
39
17
Málaga
38
7
16
15
42
48
37
18
Valladolid
38
7
15
16
37
62
36
19
Tenerife
38
9
9
20
40
74
36
20
Xerez
38
8
10
21
38
66
34

The title will be Joan Laporta’s last as president of Barça; the next few months will see club elections and a new era will thus begin; who knows if it will be anywhere near as successful as the Laporta era, which has seen a real renaissance in the fortunes of the club.


Last match of the season to decide La Liga title

May 10th, 2010

Saturday night’s match was the penultimate of the season, and with a single point between Barcelona and Real Madrid and could have been decisive.

To ensure no team had any kind of advantage from knowing the result of another match, the Spanish league therefore decided all matches should be played at the same time; therefore at 21:00 across Spain on Saturday, Spanish fans were glued to their own game as well as their rivals. That meant that across Catalonia fans of FC Barcelona were keeping up to date with the Real Madrid match. And while it looked for a while like they were struggling, in the end they scored a decisive 5-1 win against Athletic Bilbao.

Meanwhile Barça were in Sevilla; and while much of the match looked like it was all going their way with goals from Messi, Bojan and Pedro, the last 20 minutes gave them a scare; two goals in the 69th and 71st minute from Sevilla meant that three points started to look far from certain.

The end result was a win from both Barça and Madrid, which means the final match of the league decide the league.

0-1, Messi (min 5)
0-2, Bojan (min 28)
0-3, Pedro (min 61)
1-3, Kanouté (min 69)
2-3, Luis Fabiano (min 71)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
37
30
6
1
94
24
96
2
Real Madrid
37
31
2
4
101
33
95
3
Valencia
37
20
8
9
58
38
68
4
Sevilla
37
18
6
13
62
47
60
5
Mallorca
37
17
8
12
57
44
59
6
Getafe
37
16
7
14
55
48
55
7
Villarreal
37
16
7
14
55
54
55
8
Athletic Bilbao
37
14
9
14
48
53
51
9
Atlético Madrid
37
13
8
16
57
58
47
10
Deportivo
37
13
8
16
35
47
47
11
Osasuna
37
11
9
17
36
45
42
12
Almería
37
10
12
15
41
52
42
13
Espanyol
37
11
11
15
29
44
44
14
Zaragoza
37
10
10
17
43
61
40
15
Sporting Gijón
37
9
13
15
36
49
40
16
Valladolid
37
7
15
15
37
58
36
17
Racing Santander
37
8
12
17
40
59
36
18
Málaga
37
7
15
15
41
47
36
19
Tenerife
37
9
9
19
40
73
36
20
Xerez
37
8
9
21
37
65
33

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Tenerife defeated in rain soaked Nou Camp

May 5th, 2010

Barcelona extended their lead over Real Madrid last night with a rain soaked 4-1 win against Tenerife last night. Again Messi scored two goals, and while the visitors kept in the game during the first half, Barça was able to outlast them in the second, when three of the goals came in.

While Barça are now 4 points clear of Real Madrid, the galacticos play Mallorca tonight and so may well close up the gap.

1-0, Messi (min 16)
1-1, Román (min 38)
2-1, Bojan (min 63)
3-1, Pedro (min 77)
4-1, Messi (min 93)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
36
29
6
1
91
22
93
2
Real Madrid
35
29
2
4
92
31
89
3
Valencia
36
20
8
8
58
36
68
4
Mallorca
35
17
8
10
56
39
59
5
Sevilla
35
17
6
12
55
43
57
6
Getafe
36
15
7
14
53
47
52
7
Villarreal
36
15
7
14
53
54
52
8
Athletic Bilbao
35
14
8
13
46
47
50
9
Deportivo
35
12
8
15
33
44
44
10
Atlético Madrid
35
12
7
16
53
56
43
11
Almería
36
10
11
15
39
50
41
12
Espanyol
35
10
11
14
27
42
41
13
Osasuna
35
10
9
16
32
42
39
14
Sporting Gijón
36
9
12
15
35
48
39
15
Zaragoza
35
9
10
16
40
58
37
16
Racing Santander
35
8
12
15
38
52
36
17
Málaga
35
7
14
14
39
44
35
18
Tenerife
36
9
8
19
38
71
35
19
Valladolid
35
6
15
14
34
54
33
20
Xerez
36
7
9
21
34
63
30

La Liga race continues

May 3rd, 2010

Barcelona collected three points against Villarreal on Saturday night in a 4-1 win, with goals from Messi, Xavi and Bojan. Meanwhile Real Madrid’s match against Osasuna looked like it would end in a 2-2 draw; however, a last minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured that Madrid kept hold of the points and are still snapping at Barça’s tail, just one point behind in the league.

0-1 Messi (min 18)
0-2 Xavi (min 33)
0-3 Bojan (min 42)
1-3 Llorente (min 67)
1-4 Messi (min 87)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
35
28
6
1
87
21
90
2
Real Madrid
35
29
2
4
92
31
89
3
Valencia
35
19
8
8
55
35
65
4
Mallorca
35
17
8
10
56
39
59
5
Sevilla
35
17
6
12
55
43
57
6
Villarreal
35
15
7
13
51
50
52
7
Getafe
35
15
6
14
52
46
51
8
Athletic Bilbao
35
14
8
13
46
47
50
9
Deportivo
35
12
8
15
33
44
44
10
Atlético Madrid
35
12
7
16
53
56
43
11
Espanyol
35
10
11
14
27
42
41
12
Osasuna
35
10
9
16
32
42
39
13
Almería
35
9
11
15
35
48
38
14
Sporting Gijón
35
9
11
15
34
47
38
15
Zaragoza
35
9
10
16
40
58
37
16
Racing Santander
35
8
12
15
38
52
36
17
Málaga
35
7
14
14
39
44
35
18
Tenerife
35
9
8
18
37
67
35
19
Valladolid
35
6
15
14
34
54
33
20
Xerez
35
7
9
20
33
60
30

Champions League dream shattered by Inter Milan

April 29th, 2010

Barcelona was full of blaugrana shirts and the sense of excitement ever present during the build up to the big match at the Nou Camp last night. In the stadium the atmosphere was electric, and despite each team’s strong sense of purpose Samuel Eto’o warmly greeted ex-team mates Xavi Hernández and Victor Valdes before going onto the pitch.

From the start it was clear how the two teams intended to play, with Barça purely on the attack while Inter playing to defend their 3-1 advantage from the first leg of the semi-final.

The Catalans had huge possession throughout the match, holding onto the ball for 75%. But try and try and try as they might, the Inter defense just wouldn;’t allow them through.

Early on, in the tenth minute, Ibrahimovic got a yellow card which looked like it should have been a penalty for Barça, his ripped shirt evidence of who the victim really was. And what could have been the pivotal point of the game came in the 27th minute when Thiago Motta received a straight red card – he’d already got a yellow – for a completely unnecessary foul of Sergei Busquets. After receiving his marching orders, Motta was clearly upset, and launched another attack on Busquets showing little respect for his former team or team mates.

Down to 10 men, Inter continued to defend well. Despite some changes – Maxwell for Milito and Bojan for Ibra – time and time again Barcelona was unable to find the space to work their magic; until finally in the 84th minute Pique put it into the back of the net, although replays show he was probably offside.

Barcelona seemed to gain energy with the goal and kept on at it. When Bojan put the goal in the net a few minutes later it looked like Barça had done it; however, the goal was disallowed for a handball from Touré Yaya.

All in all a great match, with Barcelona fighting until the end. It’s a shame they couldn’t do enough to get that second goal, but they needn’t hang their heads in shame at the result.

1-0, Piqué (min 84)


Much needed boost for Barça ahead of Champions League semi

April 26th, 2010

FC Barcelona held on to all the points on Saturday evening, in an early kick off against Xerez, but with with Real Madrid also winning their match, Barcelona is still clinging onto the league table by a single point.

Although Jeffren and Henry put Barça ahead early on, the visitors continued to make life hard for them until well into the second half – they scored a goal in the 24th minute to narrow the gap to 2-1 and missed two opportunities. However, Ibrahimovic sealed the victory five minutes into the second half.

This was a welcome victory ahead of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, when they will really need to pull out all the stops. After their 3-1 defeat by Inter last Tuesday a 2-0 victory is the minimum they need to go through; however, the Italians are unlikely to make it that simple.

1-0 Jeffren (min 13)
2-0 Henry (min 23)
2-1 Bermejo (min 24)
3-1 Ibrahimovic (min 55)

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
34
27
6
1
83
20
87
2
Real Madrid
34
28
2
4
89
29
86
3
Valencia
34
18
8
8
53
35
62
4
Mallorca
34
16
8
10
53
38
56
5
Sevilla
34
16
6
12
52
42
54
6
Villarreal
34
15
7
12
50
46
52
7
Getafe
34
15
5
14
52
46
50
8
Athletic Bilbao
33
14
7
12
45
44
49
9
Deportivo
34
12
8
14
33
43
44
10
Atlético Madrid
34
12
7
15
52
53
43
11
Espanyol
34
10
11
13
27
40
41
12
Osasuna
33
10
8
15
30
39
38
13
Almería
34
9
11
14
34
46
38
14
Sporting Gijón
34
9
10
15
33
46
37
15
Racing Santander
34
8
12
14
37
50
36
16
Málaga
34
7
13
14
38
43
34
17
Zaragoza
34
8
10
16
39
58
34
18
Valladolid
34
6
14
14
34
54
32
19
Tenerife
34
8
8
18
35
66
32
20
Xerez
34
6
9
20
31
59
27

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First leg goes to Inter

April 21st, 2010

Barcelona suffered a disappointing defeat last night at the hands of Inter Milan in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Barça was looking a little ragged at the start and the hosts seemed to have far too much possession at the beginning of the game. However, things looked like they might go Barcelona’s way when Pedro scored a fantastic goal in the 19th minute after Maxwell shot the ball back inside the area; but 10 minutes later and Inter equalised with a goal from Sneijder.

And the second half got off to a bad start when Maicon reached the goal just three minutes in. While Barcelona had some opportunities they were unable to make it count and at 60 minutes Milito scored for Inter, although he was almost certainly offside.

With such a heavy defeat, Barça is going to have to pull out all the stops if they are to have any chance of reaching the final; they need to beat Inter 2-0 next week at the Nou Camp, but to be really certain of defending the Champions League title in Madrid they’ll need to be aiming for 4 goals.

0-1 Pedro (min 19)
1-1 Sneijder (min 29)
2-1 Maicon (min 48)
3-1 Milito (min 60)


Two points dropped in Barcelona derby

April 19th, 2010

FC Barcelona’s lead over Real Madrid dropped to a single point after drawing in the Barcelona derby, while Real Madrid beat Valencia at the Bernabeu.

Barça took the short trip to Espanyol’s new stadium at Cornellá on Saturday, where the first half saw them kept under pressure and unable to find their usual style. There was plenty of rough play too, with two yellow cards handed out to Espanyol before Alves picked one up in minute 24.

Barcelona looked better in the second half, and play started to flow. Even after Alves received his second yellow in the 61st minute Barça dominated, but despite some attempts on the goal they were unable to score for those additional two points.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1
Barcelona
33
26
6
1
80
19
84
2
Real Madrid
33
27
2
4
87
28
83
3
Valencia
33
17
8
8
52
35
59
4
Sevilla
33
16
6
11
49
38
54
5
Mallorca
32
15
7
10
50
37
52
6
Villarreal
33
14
7
12
48
45
49
7
Athletic Bilbao
33
14
7
12
45
44
49
8
Getafe
33
14
5
14
48
43
47
9
Deportivo
33
12
8
13
33
42
44
10
Atlético Madrid
33
11
7
15
49
52
40
11
Osasuna
32
10
8
14
30
37
38
12
Almería
33
9
11
13
34
45
38
13
Espanyol
33
9
11
13
26
40
38
14
Sporting Gijón
33
9
10
14
33
44
37
15
Racing Santander
33
8
12
13
36
48
36
16
Zaragoza
33
8
10
15
38
56
34
17
Málaga
33
7
12
14
37
42
33
18
Tenerife
33
8
8
17
34
63
32
19
Valladolid
33
5
14
14
32
54
29
20
Xerez
33
6
9
19
30
56
27

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