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La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 32

April 22nd, 2013
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Barcelona moved another step forward to clinching the Spanish League title for the 2012/2013 season after beating Levante 1-0 on Saturday. Real Madrid remain 13 points behind after beating Betis, with 18 points still to play for, while Atletico Madrid are 3 points behind them. 

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Goal from Cesc against Levante puts league title one step closer

April 22nd, 2013

Saturday night saw Levante visit the Nou Camp ahead of the Champions League clash on Tuesday against Bayern Munich. Theoretically a straightforward match, Levante ensured that they did everything to stop the Catalans getting through despite controlling possession as normal.

Lionel Messi is still off while recovering from his injury, but up front Tito Vilanova played Cesc Fabregas and David Villa. However, the game was slow and Levante’s defence stopped them getting through for any real chances and when Thiago had a chance the Levante keeper made a good save; soon after Iniesta was brought down inside the box, but the resulting penalty by Villa was deflected and a follow up from Cesc stopped too.

After the break Xavi came on in place of Iniesta and the pace picked up a little. However, only after Alexis came on that he came close to setting up Villa, but finally in the 82nd minute it was Alexis that set up Cesc to score the only goal of the match.

1-0 Fábregas (min 82)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 31

April 15th, 2013

Barcelona remains 13 points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table with just 21 points to play for after both teams convincingly won their respective matches. Atletico Madrid lies three points their city neighbours and are not yet out of the fight for second place, but the top spot is pretty much decided.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona 31 26 3 2 98 33 81
2 Real Madrid 31 21 5 5 80 29 68
3 Atlético Madrid 31 20 5 6 56 25 65
4 Real Sociedad 31 15 9 7 57 39 54
5 Málaga 31 14 8 9 44 32 50
6 Valencia 31 14 8 9 47 45 50
7 Betis 31 14 6 11 45 44 48
8 Getafe 31 12 8 11 39 46 44
9 Rayo Vallecano 31 14 2 15 40 51 44
10 Sevilla 31 12 6 13 45 42 42
11 Espanyol 31 10 10 11 39 41 40
12 Levante 31 11 7 13 35 50 40
13 Valladolid 31 10 8 13 39 43 38
14 Athletic Bilbao 31 10 5 17 34 56 35
15 Osasuna 31 8 7 16 26 36 31
16 Deportivo 31 7 8 16 42 63 29
17 Granada 31 7 7 17 27 50 28
18 Zaragoza 31 7 6 18 28 49 27
19 Celta 30 6 6 18 29 45 24
20 Mallorca 30 6 6 18 32 63 24

Thiago and Tello seal win for Barcelona against Zaragoza

April 15th, 2013

Barcelona finished the weekend with another three points in the bag after a 3-0 away win against Zaragoza on Sunday evening. Despite some of the big names missing from the squad, including Messi and Iniesta, Barça dominated possession in their normal manner.

However, as is too often the case, the Catalans were frustrated in converting the high possession into goals early in the match, until finally Thiago opened the scoring in the 19th minute. However, Tello ensured Barça finished the first half two goals ahead with a goal in the 38th minute set up by Thiago and Alexis.

Back on for the second half, it looked only a matter of time before Barcelona scored again. Tello scored his second of the match in minute 53, firmly sealing victory for FC Barcelona.

0-1 Thiago (min 19)
0-2 Tello (min 38)
0-3 Tello (min 53)

FC Barcelona tickets against Bayern Munich now available

April 12th, 2013

Tickets for the home leg of the Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich on Wednesday 1st May are now available from Simply Barcelona Tickets.

The ticket prices range from €317 for a Cat 5 ticket behind the goals at the top, to €602 for a Cat 1 ticket in the main or lateral stand on the first two levels.

Click here to order your tickets for FC Barcelona v Bayern Munich before they sell out.

Please note that we are unable to supply tickets for German passport holders and you are required to provide passport details of each person attending the match in advance.

FC Barcelona drawn against Bayern Munich in Champions League semi-finals

April 12th, 2013

The draw for the semi-finals of the 2013 Champions League took place this morning in Nyon, with FC Barcelona facing Bayern Munich. The first leg will take place in Germany on Tuesday 23rd April, with the home leg on 1st May, which should be to Barça’s advantage.

The other two teams left in the competition are Real Madrid and Dortmund, with the winner being designated the home team for the final, which takes place at Wembley on Saturday 25th May.

We currently are awaiting prices for the return leg at the Nou Camp, keep your eyes out for an update soon.

Barcelona set for Champions League semis after 1-1 draw against PSG

April 11th, 2013

The first leg of the Champions League quarter final proved to be rather controversial, with FC Barcelona making a formal complaint against the referee for a number of technical errors on his part that disadvantaged the Catalans, while Paris Saint-Germain’s first goal was clearly offside and added to that was an injury sustained by Lionel Messi making his appearance in the home leg doubtful; in the end he started on the bench.

PSG came on fighting and it was clear from the start that there were not going to be intimidated simply because the match was at the Nou Camp and it looked for a long time as if it would be they, rather than Barcelona who might go through to the next round. While the first half ended goalless, after the break it took just a few minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock with a goal by Pastore. However, it didn’t really change the balance of the game as Barça still needed just a single goal to clinch their place in the semi-final.

However, once Messi came on at the hour mark the whole dynamic of the match seemed to change. While perhaps not at his best, Messi seemed to be everywhere and it was he who set up the equaliser, assisted by Villa and put into the net by Pedro. In last 20 minutes PSG knew they needed to score again, while Barcelona had to prevent them from doing so as they’d then need to score 2 more to qualify.

In the end the match ended 1-1 to put Barcelona through to the semi-finals for the sixth successive season, a record.

0-1 Pastore (min 49)
1-1 Pedro (min 70)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 30

April 8th, 2013

Both Barça and Real Madrid had solid wins over the weekend (5-0 and 5-1 respectively), while Atletico dropped back after drawing against Getafe.

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Nou Camp celebrates Tito’s return with solid win against Mallorca

April 7th, 2013

FC Barcelona celebrated both Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidal’s return to the Nou Camp on Saturday night with a spectacular 5-0 against Mallorca. The Barça coach has recently returned from New York where he was receiving treatment for cancer of the salivary duct, while Abidal came on in the second half for the first time since his liver transplant last year. 

With Messi out of action after the draw against Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday and with the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday some of the big guns were missing from the squad. However, Iniesta came on as captain while Cesc slotted in to replace Messi.

In fact by the half time whistle with Barça four goals ahead the match was all but over with two each from Cesc and Alexis. After the break Cesc scored his hattrick immediately to make it 5-0. While that was to be the last goal of the match, another highlight was when Eric Abidal came replace Gerard Pique in the 69th minute to huge cheers from the crowd.

1-0 Fábregas (min 19)
2-0 Alexis (min 21)
3-0 Fábregas (min 36)
4-0 Alexis (min 37)
5-0 Fábregas (min 45)

Last minute goal from Paris Saint-Germain strips victory from FC Barcelona

April 3rd, 2013

Barcelona walked away frustrated following last night’s Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain after dominating possession throughout the match didn’t quite prove enough against some poor refereeing decisions, a goal awarded to Ibrahimovic that looked to be offside and a last minute equaliser from Matuidi.

The hosts started out strong and Valdes was forced repeatedly into action, but soon the Catalans looked brighter and when PSG failed to clear a corner, Dani Alves passed it to Leo Messi in the box, who almost effortlessly landed in the back of the net to open the scoring. However, Messi was soon in trouble and was substituted for the second half after suffering a hamstring injury; early reports suggest he’ll be out of action for three weeks.

After the break Barça continued to dominate until the last quarter hour when Valdes was called upon again to stop Paris Saint-Germain from scoring. Eventually though, after an absurd moment when Alba and Mascherano collided and were sent off the pitch for treatment, Ibrahimovic did score despite being well offside.

However, an attack on the PSG goal saw Alexis brought down by the goalkeeper and Barcelona again went ahead thanks to Xavi’s penalty kick. It looked like the clock was counting down to another Barça win, but a last minute goal from Matuidi that Valdes just couldn’t get his hands to saw the result reduced to a draw.

However, FC Barcelona will go into the second leg with a clear advantage thanks to the two away goals.

0-1 Messi (min 37)
1-1 Ibrahimovic (min 80)
2-1 Xavi (min 90)
2-2 Matuidi (min 94)

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