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Valdes sees red as Barça loses second clasico inside a week

March 4th, 2013

Although Saturday afternoon’s clash with Real Madrid started going wrong after five minutes after Benzema put the hosts ahead, Messi equalised for the Catalans 12 minutes later.

Real Madrid had nothing really to gain on Barcelona, with a 16 point difference in the league, and with the Champions League clash against Manchester United on Tuesday rested some key players. Barça didn’t seem to be on top of things all the same, despite dominating possession.

However, 10 minutes from full time Ramos headed a corner past Victor Valdes to put Madrid back in the lead. But the defining moment of the match was when a clear penalty was denied after Adriano was brought down in the box. Iniesta was shown a yellow, while Valdes received a red after the final whistle for his protestations to the ref, which continued in the tunnel and for which he will received a lengthy ban.

1-0 Benzema (min 5)
1-1 Messi (min 17)
2-1 Sergio Ramos (min 81)

Barça crashes out of Copa del Rey

February 27th, 2013

Barça crashed out of the Copa del Rey last night in a 3-1 loss against arch-rival Real Madrid at the Nou Camp.

The first leg of the semifinal had ended in a 1-1 draw and there were high hopes for Barcelona at home. However, the visitors went one goal up after just 12 minutes thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo, meaning the Catalans would need to score 2 to go through and putting the pressure on.

The score remained 1-0 to Madrid at the break, but it took less than 10 minutes for Ronaldo to score his second goal and pretty much putting a win out of the hands of Barcelona; and then Varene scored a third goal for Real Madrid leaving the Nou Camp feeling decimated.

Jordi Alba was able to restore some pride to the Catalans though, with a goal for FC Barcelona just minutes from full time. However, it is a huge disappointment for the team who have been doing so well this season.

Barcelona travels to Madrid on Saturday to play another la liga clasico. They’ll be looking to regain something after last night’s loss.

0-1 Ronaldo (min 12)
0-2 Ronaldo (min 56)
0-3 Varane (min 67)
1-3 Jordi Alba (min 88)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 25

February 25th, 2013

Barcelona remain 12 points ahead of Atletico Madrid and 16 ahead of Real Madrid after all three teams at the head of the Spanish league table won their respective matches. Tuesday sees Real Madrid travel to the Nou Camp for the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinal, after drawing in the first leg at the Bernabeu.

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Barcelona beats Sevilla in cold night at the Nou Camp

February 25th, 2013

Saturday night was Sevilla’s turn to visit the Nou Camp in cold conditions that saw snow over much of Catalonia. It was also Barça’s first match after the dissappointment of defeat at the hands of AC Milan and so they had something to prove.

Although Barcelona dominiated possession throughout, the first half ended with the visitors in the lead after a goal in the 41st minute by Botía, one of the only real challenges they had on the Barcelona goal.

However, after the break Barcelona came on with renewed determination to make something happen; the fans didn’t have long to wait with David Villa scoring with his head just six minutes in to the second half from a Dani Alves cross. And then, just a few minutes later Messi put the Catalans in the lead with the final goal of the match.

0-1 Botía (min 41)
1-1 Villa (min 51)
2-1 Messi (min 59)

Barça loses first leg Champions League quarter final to Italians

February 21st, 2013

Disaster stuck FC Barcelona last night when they lost the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals against AC Milan in Italy.

After not really getting to grips with the game and ended in a goalless draw at the break, Boateng scored 10 minutes into the second half after a blatant hand ball by Zapata. And then eleven minutes from the end Muntari scored Milan’s second goal to seal the match for the Italians.

While the result is unwelcome, the Catalans still have what it takes to overcome the disadvantage as they go into the home leg on March 12th.

1-0 Boateng (min 55)
2-0 Muntar (min 79)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 24

February 18th, 2013

Barcelona maintained its margin against both Atletico and Real Madrid at the weekend after all three teams won. Barça is 12 points ahead of Atletico and 18 ahead of Real Madrid, while being a staggering 23 points ahead of Malaga in fourth place.

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Barça stages second half comeback to defeat Granada

February 18th, 2013

Barcelona notched up another 3 points in the Spanish league on Saturday after a 2-1 win against Granada. The hosts opened the scoring, with a goal from Ighalo in the 25th minute that saw the Catalans goalless at the break, but Lionel Messi scored 2 for Barça to turn the match around.

Right from the start Granada were able to disrupt the flow of the game, but soon the visitors began to get into their stride and dominate possession. However, despite their best efforts they were unable to score.

However, back on after the break and Messi scored within a few minutes after the Granada keeper deflected a shot from Cesc. Meanwhile Barça upped the pressure and it only seemed a matter of time before they went into the lead; a goal from Pedro was disallowed, but finally, 72 minutes into the game Messi scored from a free kick.

1-0 Ighalo (min 25)
1-1 Messi (min 49)
1-2 Messi (min 72)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 23

February 11th, 2013

Barcelona opened up the gap with Atletico Madrid over the weekend after beating Getafe 6-1, while Atletico lost against Rayo Vallecano. Meanwhile Real Madrid lies fourteen points behind the league leaders after beating Sevilla on Saturday.

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Goals galore against Getafe

February 11th, 2013

It was goals galore at the Nou Camp on Sunday after noon when Getafe visited the stadium for a match that was unusual in that it kicked off at midday. Attendence was one of the best of the season so far and many children taken to watch Barça play. And what a treat they were in for!

Alexis opened the scoring after 5 minutes, with Messi putting the Catalans two goals ahead at the 12 minute mark and looked to have the match completely under control. All the same, it wasn’t until the second half that the next goal came, scored by David Villa to make it 3-0 and pretty much wrap the game up. However, despite the pace slowing, Tello scored a fourth for Barça 20 minutes later.

Entering the closing phase of the match Getafe were able to strike back, with Álvaro scoring one for the visitors in the 82nd minute. But the Catalans had not yet finished and two more, from Iniesta and Piqué put the final score at 6-1.

1-0 Alexis (min 5)
2-0 Messi (min 12)
3-0 Villa (min 57)
4-0 Tello (min 77)
4-1 Álvaro (min 82)
5-1 Iniesta (min 89)
6-1 Piqué (min 91)

La Liga 2012/2013 – standing after week 22

February 4th, 2013

Barcelona’s lead over Atletico de Madrid closed to nine points after the draw against Valencia, while Real Madrid lost 1-0 against Granada after a Cristiano Ronaldo own goal. 

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