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Match report

Barça opens season with Levante demolition

August 19th, 2013

Levante must have wondered what had hit them last night at the Nou Camp, when Barcelona ended the first half with six goals already. It must have been quite a relief in the second half for just one more to be scored, to end the match on 7-0, and a clear demonstration of how dominant Barça is likely to be this season.

Just as a reminder, this was the second home match with Tata Martino as coach – the first was the Gamper Trophy at the beginning of the month – and in those two matches his squad has scored 15 goals.

Alexis scored the first of the evening within two minutes, with Messi scoring goal number two at the 11 minute mark. However, when Dani Alves effectively sealed the victory for Barcelona after 23 minutes and Pedro making it 4 just two minutes after that.

Even at 4-0 it wasn’t over for the first half though, with Messi scoring his second and Xavi ending the first half 6-0. I can’t even imagine the moral in Levante’s dressing room during the break, but fortunately for their self esteem there was only one more goal, scored by Pedro in the 72nd minute.

Barcelona is clearly looking solid under the new manager, who has brought with him a new style of play that may well outsmart the best clubs in Europe this season. It’s early days, but there are strong indications that the 2013/14 season is going to be one to remember!

1-0 Alexis (min 2)
2-0 Messi (min 11)
3-0 Dani Alves (min 23)
4-0 Pedro (min 25)
5-0 Messi (min 41)
6-0 Xavi (min 44)
7-0 Pedro (min 72)


Asian Tour ends with victory for Barça in Malaysia

August 11th, 2013

Barcelona played their last match of the short Asian Tour yesterday, when they played the Malaysia XI selection in Kuala Lumpa. Leo Messi was forced to withdraw prior to the match due to a small injury, with Cesc Fabregas injuring his ankle, which has been confirmed as a sprain,

Barça went a goal up thanks to Cesc just after the half hour mark, with Malaysia XI equalising a few minutes later. However, the Catalans ended the first half ahead after a goal, rom Neymar. The only goal of the second half was scored by Gerard Piqué, 25 minutes into the second half and ensuring a 3-1 win for the visitors.

The squad is reportedly back in Barcelona and although Spain plays a friendly on Wednesday, the focus for the majority of the players is next Sunday, when they face Levante in the first match of the league.

0-1 Fábregas (min 31)
1-1 Amri Yahyah (min 39)
1-2 Neymar (min 42)
1-3 Piqué (min 74)


Barcelona demonstrate strength against Thailand

August 7th, 2013

Barcelona played Thailand earlier today in the first match of their short Far East tour. Net mar opened the scoring, his first for his new club, with Pedro scoring a hat track and Messi scoring two. The remaining goal for Barça was scored by Alexis.

0-1 Neymar (min 11)
0-2 Messi (min 13)
0-3 Pedro (min 19)
0-4 Messi (min 25)
0-5 Pedro (min 35)
1-5 Teerasil (min 42)
1-6 Pedro (min 47)
1-7 Alexis lr (min 49)


Barça thrashes Santos in 2013 Gamper Trophy

August 3rd, 2013

Last night Barcelona played their first match of the 2013-2014 pre-season in front of a new crowd, marking the debut of both Tata Martino and Neymar at the Nou Camp. With the new team being introduced prior to the match, the Nou Camp was in full celebratory mood, while commemorating legendary Barça goalkeeper Antoni Ramallets, who died on Tuesday.

This year Brazilian club Santos was invited to play in the Gamper trophy, the club from which Neymar has just been signed and so the Gamper played farewell to him as much as it did an introduction to the new.

Barcelona came on brimming with energy and from the early moments it looked like they might score. It took just seven minutes for Lionel Messi to score, followed by an own goal from Santos a few minutes later. It took 10 more minutes before Alexis made it 3-0, but even that wasn’t enough and by the time of the break Pedro had made it 4-0.

There can’t have been a good feeling in the changing room of one of Brazil’s premier clubs, but after the break play continued as before. Martino made a number of changes in the second half, including the hugely anticipated debut of Neymar, who for the first time played alongside Leo Messi to roars of approval from the crowd.

Cesc scored two within the first 25 minutes to make it 6-0 and while it was clear that the squad was trying to set up Neymar to score his first goal for the Catalans, it didn’t quite happen. However, Adriano scored a seventh goal for Barcelona and Dongou made it 8-0.

All in all a good display of football and a good result. While some doubted whether Messi and Neymar could coexist in the same team, the first demonstration seems to show that both are mature enough to get on with the job. based on this match it looks like it will be a fantastic season ahead.

1-0 Messi (min 7)
2-0 Léo (min 10)
3-0 Alexis (min 20)
4-0 Pedro (min 28)
5-0 Fábregas (min 51)
6-0 Fábregas (min 66)
7-0 Adriano (min 73)
8-0 Dongou (min 81)


Neymar debut against Lechia Gdansk ends in draw

July 31st, 2013

Barcelona yesterday travelled to Poland in the last of a series of three friendlies before the Gamper Trophy on Friday. The starting lineup against Lechia Gdansk was almost exactly the same as that which played in the previous two matches, with key players still missing from the Spanish and Brazilian selections, with one exception; that of Neymar, who made his debut for Barça in the last 15 minutes of the game.

If Barcelona thought the match would go their way then they were sorely mistaken, with the hosts controlling the game from the start and scoring at the quarter hour mark. The Catalans clawed back a goal from Sergi Roberto ten minutes later, but when the half time whistle blew the scores were level.

Back on after the break Lechia came on fighting still and scored in the first five minutes to once again put themselves ahead but a few short minutes after Leo Messi equalised again for the Catalans. With the majority of the squad now made up of B team players after a mass substitution, Messi and Alexis were also brought off. On went Neymar, playing his first match for Barcelona and who instantly became the target by the home side.

Although not able to show what he is capable of in that situation, he will surely play of Friday against Santos when the squad makes its first appearance of the new season at the Nou Camp.

1-0 Bieniuk (Min 14)
1-1 Sergi Roberto (min 25)
2-1 Grzelczak (min 49)
2-2 Messi (min 56)


Barcelona dominates in second pre-season match

July 28th, 2013

Barcelona last night won the first match in there pre-season tour, when they visited Oslo to play Valerenga.

The squad was missing a number of key players once again, giving the chance for a number of B team players to show what they could do. Very quickly the Catalans showed what they are made of, with three goals inside 12 minutes giving an early boost.

By the break they were four goals ahead, and with two goals early in the second half, both scored by Dongou, all that was needed was a goal six minutes from the final whistle to put FC Barcelona on 7-0.

0-1 Alexis (min 3)
0-2 Tello (min 5)
0-3 Messi (min 12)
0-4 Jonathan dos Santos (min 41)
0-5 Dongou (min 49)
0-6 Dongou (min 53)
0-7 Joan Román lr (min 84)


Barça opens pre-season against Bayern Munich

July 25th, 2013

FC Barcelona played their first pre-season friendly yesterday evening when they travelled to Munich to play against Pep Guardiola’s new club.

The match was the first in which they showed off their new away strip, in the red and yellow colours of the Catalan flag, and while during the first half a number of familiar faces made the lineup including Leo Messi, the second half saw the Catalans fielding their B team.

In the end it was the Germans who won the match but given the number of B team players acquitted themselves well against the European champions. Goals came in minutes 13 and 85, but as a first match it wasn’t a bad result.

1-0 Lahm (min 13)
2-0 Mandzukic (min 85)


Barcelona beats Malaga to end season in 100 points

June 3rd, 2013

Barcelona was looking to end the season on a high note by finishing on 100 points and they certainly went out with that aim in mind. Quickly the Catalans established the pace when David Villa scored in the second minute, assisted by Iniesta and Pedro.

Iniesta also helped set up the second goal for Cesc Fabregas in the 13th minute, with Montoya making it 3-0 just two minutes later and just about settling the result of the match; Malaga gained some focus but were unable to score.

Back on after the break Iniesta scored Barcelona’s fourth goal of the night; 115 goals in the season is a new record for the club, beating the previous record of 114 set just last year. Malaga staged a small comeback just minutes later to score their only goal of the match, but all the glory went to Barcelona.

It’s the end of another season that has gone well in many ways, but the Champions League was not to be again and neither was the Copa del Rey; Tito Vilanova suffered a reoccurrence of his cancer and was absent for a few weeks while undergoing treatment; and the familiar face of Eric Abidal, who went through his own battle with cancer and underwent a liver transplant, will no longer be seen in the Nou Camp although he has apparently been offered a staff job once his career as a player has finished.

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1-0 Villa (min 2)
2-0 Cesc (min 13)
3-0 Montoya (min 15)
4-0 Iniesta (min 50)
4-1 Morales (min 54)


Barcelona wins Copa Catalunya on penalty shootout

May 30th, 2013

FC Barcelona beat Espanyol last night in the final of the Copa Catalunya, played in Lleida.

Barcelona fielded a squad full of B-team players and found it difficult to overcome Espanyol, who they played in the league on Sunday, and it was Espanyol who scored the opener.

In fact, it looked until the end that Espanyol would take the title, with Cesc Fabregas only scoring for Barça in the 89th minute. When the match went to a penalty shootout Barcelona dominated, scoring 4 times to Espanyol’s 2.

Simao (min 19)
Fàbregas (min 89)


Barcelona inches closer to the 100 point target against Espanyol

May 27th, 2013

Goals from Alexis and Pedro took FC Barcelona a step closer to their aim of finishing the season on 100 points after meeting Espanyol on Sunday evening.

Espanyol were no walkover from the start but after 13 minutes of play saw Alexis open the scoring after a Villa assist. However, despite Barça’s relentless play only two other real chances came in the first half from Cesc and Iniesta.

Back on after the break Barcelona continued to dominate possession and on one occasion things were looking like they might happen, but Villa shot wide. It was only after Espanyol went down to ten men that Pedro put the ball into the Espanyol net from Xavi to end the night 2-0.

0-1 Alexis (min 13)
0-2 Pedro (min 86)


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