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La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 29

March 24th, 2014

While the Spanish league was just a three horse race going into the weekend, the result of the clasico could easily have turned the rest of the season into a fight between Madrid’s two main clubs.

However, Barça’s win shows the world, and the Spanish sports media in particular, that the club has what it takes to win when it counts and there is now a single point between the number one spot and third place Barça. Whether it silences critics of the club, and in particular of Gerardo Martino, is a different matter though.

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
1
Atlético Madrid
29
22
4
3
66
21
70
2
Real Madrid
29
22
4
3
80
30
70
3
Barcelona
29
22
3
4
85
25
69
4
Athletic
29
16
7
6
52
32
55
5
Sevilla
29
13
8
8
53
44
47
6
Real Sociedad
28
13
7
8
49
39
46
7
Villarreal
29
13
6
10
49
36
45
8
Valencia
29
11
6
12
41
40
39
9
Levante
29
9
10
10
26
35
37
10
Espanyol
29
10
7
12
32
34
37
11
Granada
29
10
4
15
28
39
34
12
Celta Vigo
29
9
6
14
33
41
33
13
Málaga
29
8
8
13
28
36
32
14
Rayo
29
9
3
17
33
63
30
15
Elche
29
7
9
13
24
41
30
16
Osasuna
29
8
5
16
25
50
29
17
Getafe CF
29
7
7
15
26
46
28
18
Valladolid
29
5
12
12
31
49
27
19
Almería
28
7
5
16
27
52
26
20
Real Betis
29
4
7
18
23
58
19

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona: Messi hat trick seals el clasico for Barça

March 24th, 2014

The clasico is one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the football calendar, with football lovers worldwide tuning in to watch the clash between two biggest sides in Spain. However, while the clasico is certainly a big deal, its importance is too often seen out of perspective.

It is largely symbolic of the antagonism felt between centralist Spain and Catalonia rather than actually being a title decider and all too often it is a damp squib after all the media hype leading up to the game.

That was not the case last night though and although the season was still a three horse race going into the weekend, a loss last night could certainly have put Barça out of contention for the league title, but the match was exciting throughout.

From the word go play was intense and while Madrid were looking for an early opener, it was Barcelona who scored first after just six minutes when Iniesta put the ball into the back of the Madrid net from a Messi assist. Despite dropping the chance for a goal a few minutes later, Benzema scored the equaliser for Madrid just before the 20 minute mark and then put the hosts into the lead just minutes after. However, Leo Messi scored his first of the night towards the end of the first half to go into the break equal.

Less than ten minutes into the second half Ronaldo put Madrid back into the lead from the penalty spot, although replays showed Alves appeared to bring him down outside the box; that’s the nature of football though and Barcelona has benefitted from similar decisions this season too. Messi equalised from the penalty spot ten minutes later after Neymar was brought down by Ramos, who was shown a red card for his efforts.

Alves came close to scoring with quarter of an hour to go with a blistering shot that struck the woodwork, but the decider came in the last ten minutes after Iniesta was brought down in the area and Messi scored his hat trick from the penalty spot.

The win leaves Real Madrid and Atletico madrid on 70 points, with Barcelona in third place on 69, leaving the season far from decided. A lot of flack had recently been aimed at Barça, in particular coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, after Barcelona slipped behind Real Madrid, with media stories that he would leave the club at the end of this season, stories denied by both him and the club.

This happens at both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid; but the truth is they cannot be expected to win every single match and, indeed, a club that wins every match is one playing in a league below its true capabilities. Yet the critics are quick to sharpen their knives for the smallest failing and the media talks about the clubs being in crisis.

It remains to be seen whether the pressure on Martino will ease off, but what is clear is that he and his squad can produce results when they are really needed.

0-1 Iniesta (min 6)
1-1 Benzema (min 19)
2-1 Benzema (min 23)
2-2 Messi (min 41)
3-2 Ronaldo (min 54)
3-3 Messi (min 64)
3-4 Messi (min 83)


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 28

March 17th, 2014

While Barcelona lie four points behind Real Madrid and just one behind Atletico, next weekend sees the Bernabeu leg of the Clasico and the chance to close in on the league leaders.

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FC Barcelona vs Osasuna: Messi goal record as Barça thrashes Osasuna

March 17th, 2014

What a difference a week can make. Last weekend Barcelona seemed to be in crisis after losing against Valladolid, but Sunday afternoon saw the club pull Osasuna apart in a 7-0 win just days after seeing Man City off in Champions League.

Leo Messi opened the scoring after the quarter hour mark, thereby equalling the club record for goals scored by a player, with Alexis making it two just minutes later. And when Iniesta scored goal number three for Barça it was clear that the team wanted to make it clear that they have not given up hope in La Liga and pretty much tying up the result.

Back on after the break Messi became the number one goal scorer in Barça’s history, as the crowd roared their appreciation; fifteen minutes later Tello scored goal number five; and then just minutes before the end Messi made it a hat trick. Even then Barcelona had not finished as Pedro scored goal number seven just before the final whistle went.

1-0 Messi (min 17)
2-0 Alexis (min 21)
3-0 Iniesta (min 33)
4-0 Messi (min 61)
5-0 Tello (min 76)
6-0 Messi (min 86)
7-0 Pedro (min 89)


FC Barcelona vs Manchester City: Barça through to Champions League quarter-finals

March 13th, 2014

Following last weekend’s disappointing result against Valladolid the knives have been out for coach Gerardo Martino, with many sections of the press and supporters baying for his blood. However, last night’s Champions League encounter showed that Barça are not yet done and showed that they still have what it takes to win.

Possession was more evenly matched that FC Barcelona is usually used to, with a slight tilt in the favour of the Catalans, but throughout the first half the two teams looked pretty evenly matched. At this stage of the competition that should be no surprise and when the half time whistle came neither side had scored.

Back on after the break it took 20 minutes for Messi to opener, but the balance changed when the visitors went down to 10 men after Zabaleta was shown his second yellow. Although City scored an equaliser two minutes before the end it was too little too late and but a Dani Alves goal right at the end made sure of a quarter-final place for Barcelona.

1-0 Messi (min 66)
1-1 Kompany (min 88)
2-1 Dani Alves (min 90)


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 27

March 10th, 2014

While Barça dropped three points against Valladolid on Saturday, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid won their games. Real Madrid opened up the gap in the number 1 spot, while Atletico leapfrogged the Catalans into second place.

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Valladolid vs FC Barcelona: uninspired Barça slips up

March 10th, 2014

On paper it looked pretty straightforward; Barcelona in the number 2 spot in the league table playing Valladolid, hovering near the bottom. However, football isn’t always as straightforward as that as was proved on Saturday when the Catalans lost out to their hosts.

It seemed that Barcelona found it difficult to properly get into the match as Valladolid went on the offensive and after just fifteen minutes the hosts went ahead. As Barça started to find their feet there were a few chances created, but all the same the squad was unable to do enough to make it count and much of the play looked sloppy.

Things looked a little better after the break, when both Messi and Neymar attempted to draw level. However, still the squad didn’t seem to be able to connect properly and looked a shadow of Barça at their best. In the end neither team scored again and with both Real Madrid and Atletico playing on Sunday the two rivals had a chance to reflect on Barça’s slip up prior to playing their own matches.

1-0 Fausto Rossi (min 16)


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 26

March 3rd, 2014

This weekend saw Real Madrid slip in the Spanish League table after a 2-2 draw against Atletico in the Madrid derby. Barcelona is now a point behind their arch-rival, while having opened up a real gap with Atletico; last week they were in second place ahead of Atletico Madrid only by virtue of the goal difference.

There are still plenty of matches to play until the end of the season and it could easily go to any of the three teams heading the table. However, it is only a three horse race, with fourth place Athletic Bilbao eleven points behind Atletico.

Team
P
W
D
L
F
A
Pts
1
Real Madrid
26
20
4
2
73
26
64
2
Barcelona
26
20
3
3
74
21
63
3
Atlético Madrid
26
19
4
3
61
21
61
4
Athletic
26
15
5
6
49
30
50
5
Villarreal
26
13
5
8
47
31
44
6
Real Sociedad
26
12
7
7
46
36
43
7
Sevilla
26
10
8
8
44
41
38
8
Levante
26
9
9
8
26
31
36
9
Valencia
26
10
5
11
38
37
35
10
Espanyol
26
9
6
11
29
32
33
11
Celta Vigo
26
8
6
12
32
37
30
12
Osasuna
26
8
5
13
24
39
29
13
Elche
26
7
8
11
23
37
29
14
Granada
26
8
3
15
22
36
27
15
Getafe CF
26
7
6
13
23
40
27
16
Málaga
26
6
8
12
24
35
26
17
Almería
26
7
5
14
25
46
26
18
Valladolid
26
4
11
11
28
44
23
19
Rayo
26
7
2
17
26
59
23
20
Real Betis
26
3
6
17
21
56
15

FC Barcelona vs Almeria: Barça forced to fight for a win

March 3rd, 2014

This weekend was an important one for Barça, with Real Madrid at the top of the table and Atletico equal on points with the Catalan club. Whatever happened elsewhere, Barcelona needed to win their match, while hoping that the Madrid derby would help out. While championships are never won or lost on a single fixture, the sooner they can leapfrog Madrid and open up the points gap the better.

In the end they didn’t disappoint, while the Madrid derby didn’t quite go as well as it might have. But then again, it means Atletico Madrid are now behind on points rather than behind on goal difference, while Real Madrid are just one point ahead.

Alexis made sure the home side went ahead inside 10 minutes when he fired in a rebound shot by Cesc Fabregas. With possession high as normal, Barça were in control of the game, although perhaps looking a little ragged at times. It took another quarter hour before the next game from Messi, who by luck or design curled the ball into the net from a free kick, way out of reach of the goalkeeper. However, minutes later Almeria got one back from a corner and the break came with Barça just a goal ahead.

Back on after the break Almeria started to look threatening at times, and while both Neymar and Messi both came close the score remained as it was.  With Iniesta brought on though the dynamic changed and inn the 83rd minute Messi headed the ball to the crossbar with Puyol put it home to make it 3-1. With the minutes ticketing down it looked as though Barcelona had just about done enough, but three minutes before the end Xavi scored again to seal the win for Barcelona.

1-0 Alexis (min 8)
2-0 Messi (min 23)
2-1 Trujillo (min 26)
3-1 Puyol (min 81)
4-1 Xavi (min 87)


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 25

February 24th, 2014

Real Madrid are top of the table after both FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid lost this weekend. While the gap is only three points, it was a disappointing result for Barça, who will now be watch for Madrid to make an early slip. Their next league game is the Madrid derby against Atletico, which could prove to be interesting for Barcelona.

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