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La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 17

December 23rd, 2013

Barcelona ends 2013 at the top of the table after they turned around a 2-0 advantage by Getafe to win 5-2. Atletico Madrid also won their match, leaving them in second place by a cat’s whisker. Barcelona are ahead having scored three more goals than Atletico, and both teams are five points ahead of Real Madrid.

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Spectacular turnaround against Getafe leaves Barça at top of table over Xmas break

December 23rd, 2013

Barcelona’s last match of 2013 took place yesterday afternoon in Madrid, where they had travelled to play Getafe. However, with the home team scoring twice within the first quarter hour it looked for a while as if they might drop points ahead of Atletico Madrid’s evening match against Levante.

However, as the Catalans carried on working away Pedro scored one for Barcelona, then equalised and finally put Barça a goal ahead in time for the break; that was all in nine minutes. Barcelona were still playing without Messi and Valdes through injury, and Neymar was absent through suspension, but with these key players missing the remaining squad were determined to go into the holiday break heading the table still.

After the break Barcelona were clearly in control and although Getafe had a good chance at equalising 15 minutes in, Cesc effectively sealed the result when he scored from a Pedro cross. And when Pedro was brought down inside the area Cesc scored his second of the night to end the match 5-2 and with the almost certain knowledge that they would remain at the top of the table over Christmas.

1-0 Sergio Escudero (min 9)
2-0 Lisandro López (min 14)
2-1 Pedro (min 33)
2-2 Pedro (min 40)
2-3 Pedro (min 42)
2-4 Fábregas (min 67)
2-5 Fábregas (min 71)


Barcelona eliminates Cartagena from Copa del Rey

December 18th, 2013

Barcelona are through to the next round of the Copa del Rey after beating Cartagena 7-1 on aggregate. Last night’s goals came from Pedro, an own goal from Mariano and from Neymar to end the match on 3-0.

Cartagena played to defend, and with their full squad aiming to stop the Catalans from scoring it proved difficult to find space. However, Pedro finally got the ball home after 30 minutes to put Barcelona into the lead, a result that stood until the break.

The second half also started slowly, but 20 minutes the ball was deflected into the visitors’ goal from a Tello cross. With the result now pretty much settled Martino made a number of changes and in the final minutes a Jordi Alba assist helped Neymar score the third for the night.

Barça will play Getafe in the next round, the first lleg of which takes place on 8th January and the return leg the following week.

1-0 Pedro (min 30)
2-0 Mariano (min 67)
3-0 Neymar (min 87)


Barça to face Man City in Champions League knockout stages

December 16th, 2013

FC Barcelona has been drawn against Manchester City in the next round of Champions League, the first time the English club has made it this far in the competition.

The matches in the knockout phase of the competition will take place in February and March and we will have prices and information listed on the website as soon as it becomes available.


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 16

December 16th, 2013

Barcelona remain at the top of the table following their last home league match of 2013. Atletico Madrid remain narrowly behind them though thanks to Barcelona’s goal tally, while Real Madrid slipped back after drawing against Osasuna.

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Neymar stars as Barcelona beats Villarreal

December 16th, 2013

Many commentators in Spain were already writing off FC Barcelona under Gerardo Martino after a couple of poor results, seemingly forgetting the string of successes that came before. But another solid result on Saturday night after Barcelona’s thrashing of Celtic during the week should silence the critics, at least until they drop another point.

Not everything went Barça’s way, of course, and Villarreal put on a good fight. However, Barcelona dominated possession and while they were unable to do as much as may have been hoped, they also prevented Villarreal from doing much either. In the end the opening goal was scored by Neymar from the penalty spot following a hand ball at the half hour mark and despite a promising attempt on the goal by Alexis, the first half ended 1-0.

Back on after the break the visitors were quick to equalise, but Barcelona remained unperturbed. And 20 minutes into the second half Barcelona were rewarded with a second goal from Neymar, set up by Alexis. While there were some who criticised the decision to sign Neymar at the start of the season he is proving his worth at the moment. With Messi injured, the Brazilian seems to have found himself within the team and in the last two matches scored a total of five goals.

1-0 Neymar (min 29)
1-1 Musacchio (min 46)
2-1 Neymar (min 66)


Barcelona demolishes Celtic to end head of Group H

December 12th, 2013

If anyone really believed that Barcelona had lost their mojo after the couple of recent defeats, they must have changed their mind after last night’s display against Celtic. The Catalans came on looking like they meant business and within the first few minutes, while the visitors barely touched the ball, Barcelona were clearly on the attack and it took just six minutes before Pique put Barça ahead.

Barcelona continued to dominate possession, clearly in control of the match, and it looked as if the second was only a matter of waiting. Although it is perhaps surprising that the second goal, by Pedro, came nearly half an hour later Neymar’s first of the evening a couple of minutes before the break meant Barcelona had all but sealed the result.

In the second half Barcelona continued their onslaught when Neymar scored his second of the night. And ten minutes later he made it a hat trick to put Barça 5 goals ahead, his first Champions League goals and first hat trick for Barcelona.

With Tello brought on in place of Alexis it took just a few minutes before he too scored, when his shot rebounded off the heel of a Celtic defender and into the goal. And then, in the closing minutes of the match Celtic finally came to life. Samaras has a couple of good attempts on the Barça goal and scored to leave the final score at 6-1.

1-0 Piqué (min 6)
2-0 Pedro (min 39)
3-0 Neymar (min 43)
4-0 Neymar (min 46)
5-0 Neymar (min 56)
6-0 Tello (min 70)
6-1 Samaras (min 86)

While Barcelona had already earned their place in the next round, AC Milan’s goalless draw with Ajax meant that they would have ended at the top of the table anyway. However, after the recent criticism levelled at the team this result showed firmly that they mean business. We’ll learn who Barcelona faces next on Monday, with the next round taking place in Februay.

Group H
Club Pld W D L F A Pts
Barcelona 6 4 1 1 16 5 13
AC Milan 6 2 3 1 8 5 9
Ajax 6 2 2 2 5 8 8
Celtic 5 1 0 5 3 14 3

Comfortable win for Barcelona in Copa del Rey opener

December 9th, 2013

After a couple of disappointing results against Ajax and then Athletic Bilbao, Friday saw Barcelona play their first Copa del Rey match against Cartagena from Segunda División B.

Although there was never a real chance of the hosts making a big impact against Barça, they did do enough to create a slight upset at the quarter hour mark when Fernando scored the opener. However, with the Catalans back in their stride and creating chances Pedro equalised after 35 minutes; and just a few minutes later Cesc put Barcelona in the lead.

Following the break there was plenty of opportunity for Barça, who completely overwhelmed Cartagena, but it wasn’t until nearly 30 minutes into the second half that Pedro scored his second of the night. Now comfortably in the lead, Alexis was brought off in exchange for Jean Marie Dongou, making his debut for the first team. And what a night it will be for him to remember after he put the ball into the Cartagena net off a rebound.

1-0 Fernando (min 15)
1-1 Pedro (min 35)
1-2 Fábregas (min 42)
1-3 Pedro (min 74)
1-4 Dongou (min 88)


FC Barcelona fixtures for December 2013

December 4th, 2013

The date and time of all FC Barcelona’s fixtures in December and the first match back after the break in January have now been confirmed for both home and away matches.

The table below shows remaining matches for December (the home team is listed first) in three different competitions; la liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey. Note the early kick off for Barcelona versus Elche on 5th January. Traditionally many children will attend this match due to it coinciding with Three Kings, when they receive their presents, and there will be parades throughout Barcelona on that evening as the three kings shower the kids with sweets.

Date Time Match
11 Dec 20:45 Barcelona v Celtic
6 Dec 21:00 Cartagena v Barcelona
14 Dec 20:00 Barcelona v Villarreal
17 Dec 22:00 Barcelona v Cartagena
22 Dec 17:00 Getafe v Barcelona
5 Jan 16:00 Barcelona v Elche

You can check the homepage for ticket availability for all home matches.


La liga 2013/14 – standing after week 15

December 2nd, 2013

Barcelona narrowly remain at the top of the table after their defeat by Athletic Bilbao at the weekend by virtue of goal difference. Atletico are in second place, with Real Madrid now three points behind in third, while Athletic Bilbao are now in the number four spot after ther victory against Barça.

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