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La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 21

January 28th, 2013

With Atletico Madrid being beaten by Athletic Bilbao Barça has opened up the gat to 11 points, with a 15 point advantage over Real Madrid.

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Barça back on form against Osasuna

January 28th, 2013

After suffering their first league defeat of the season last weekend Barcelona were back on form at the Nou Camp on Sunday when they played host to Osasuna. Jordi Roure was again in charge while Tito Vilanova undergoes treatment for cancer.

On particular form was Leo Messi, who opened the scoring in the 10th minute. While Loe equalised in minute 23 for the visitors, it was the world’s number one player who put Barça back in front. Three minutes later Arribas received his second yellow card for handling the ball inside the area and the visitors were down to 10 men, tipping the balance of the match completely; Messi scored from the penalty spot.

Pedro scored Barcelona’s third towards the end of the first half, and after the break, with a rejigged lineup for Osasuna, Messi scored the two goals of the second half 10 minutes in and then two minutes later.

1-0 Messi (min 10)
1-1 Raoul Loe (min 23)
2-1 Messi (min 27)
3-1 Pedro (min 39)
4-1 Messi (min 55)
5-1 Messi (min 57)

Barça beats Malaga to earn place in Copa del Rey semifinal

January 25th, 2013

FC Barcelona went through to the next round of the Copa del Rey last night after beating Malaga 4-2. Pedro scored the opener for the Catalans, but the home team soon equalised. Pique then put the visitors ahead again early in the second half, only to have Malaga equalise again 20 minutes later.

Finally it was up to Iniesta and Messi to score two more goals for Barcelona to end Malagas hopes completely.

In the next round Barça faces arch-rival Real Madrid.

0-1 Pedro (min 7)
1-1 Joaquin (min 11)
1-2 Pique (min 49)
2-2 Santa Cruz (min 68)
2-3 Iniesta (min 76)
2-4 Messi (min 80)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 20

January 21st, 2013

Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table narrowed slightly, after Atletico Madrid won their match. However, the Catalans remain 8 points ahead of Atletico and 15 ahead of Real Madrid, who decisively won their match against Valencia last night, scoring five goals at the Mestalla.

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Barça loses first match of the season to Real Sociedad

January 21st, 2013

Well, it had to happen eventually. Barcelona played Real Sociedad on Saturday night and came away with their first league defeat of the season.

It started as business as usually with goals from Messi and Pedro in the sixth and 24th minutes, but towards the end of the first half Castro scored the hosts’ first goal and put the score level fifteen minutes into the second half. However, the clincher for Real Sociedad came right at the end of the match when Agirretxe scored their winning goal in injury time.

Of course, it didn’t help that the Catalans went down to 10 men after Pique received his second yellow card at the hour mark.

0-1 Messi (min 6)
0-2 Pedro (min 24)
1-2 Castro (min 39)
2-2 Castro (min 61)
3-2 Agirretxe (min 90)

First leg of Copa del Rey quarterfinal ends in draw

January 17th, 2013

Barcelona were forced to accept a draw last night at the Nou Camp when they played Malaga for the second time running, this time in the Copa del Rey.

The visitors opened the scoring with a goal in the 24th minute from Iturra. Minutes later Messi equalised, immediately followed by a goal Carles Puyol to put Barça in the lead.

However, despite Malaga being a man down for the last 15 minutes after Monreal was sent off, a late goal from Ignacio Camacho ended the match a draw. The quarter final will therefore be decided next week when the Catalans visit Malaga.

0-1 Iturra (min 24)
1-1 Messi (min 28)
2-1 Puyol (min 29)
2-2 Ignacio Camacho (min 88)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 19

January 14th, 2013

Barcelona ended the weekend still 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and a staggering 18 ahead of third place Real Madrid after they drew against Osasuna.

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Barça continues record breaking streak against Malaga

January 14th, 2013

Barça continued ploughing their way through the rest of the league on Sunday night when they won their eighteenth league match of he season.

Lionel Messi opened the scoring in the 26th minute after some sloppy play by the Malaga defence and the first half ended with a single goal. However, after the break it took just five minutes for Cesc Fabregas to score.

With 18 minutes to go Cesc came off to be replaced by Thiago, who added Barcelona’s third goal of the night in the 80th minute. With the result sealed it was Malaga’s turn to score off a free kick by Buonanotte in the closing minutes to end the night 3-1 to Barça.

0-1 Messi (min 26)
0-2 Fábregas (min 48)
0-3 Thiago (min 80)
1-3 Buonanotte (min 87)

Barça decisively beats Cordoba for place in Copa del Rey Quarter final

January 11th, 2013

FC Barcelona easily qualified for the Copa del Rey quarter finals last night after a 5-0 win against Cordoba, for an aggregate of 7-0. Goals came from Thiago just after the quarter hour mark, and two each from Villa and Alexis. 

With Tito Vilanova in New York seeking a second opinion on the treatment for his salivary gland tumour, Jordi Roura was once agan in charge. While the result was good, Barça suffered two injuries; Sergi Roberto was replaced just after the second half started, while David Villa came off 12 minutes before the end with a thigh strain.

Barça will face Malaga in the quarter finals. The first leg will be played at home on January 16th, with the away leg on the 23rd.

1-0 Thiago (min 16)
2-0 Villa (min 20)
3-0 Villa (min 25)
4-0 Alexis (min 54)
5-0 Alexis (min 84)

Messi wins FIFA Ballon d’Or for 4th year running

January 8th, 2013

Our congratulations to Lionel Messi, who has become the first ever player to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or four times after being crowned the 2012 winner yesterday. What adds to the magnitude of the achievement is that those awards were won on the trot.

Messi was up against Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and team mate Andrés Iniesta, who came second and third. Last year Messi created a new record for goals scored in a calendar year, beating Gerd Müller’s long standing record, which perhaps made the choice automatic for many voters.

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