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Messi and Neymar score against Rayo as Barça remains on top

October 6th, 2014

Barcelona played Rayo Vallecano at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid on Saturday, beating the hosts 2-0 thanks to two goals in two minutes from Messi and Neymar.

Barça starting with a rotated line up that saw Piqué, Bartra, Mathieu, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets and Munir start; Xavi for one must have been happy, as only last week he voiced his frustration at starting on the bench so often this season. While Rayo definitely weren’t going to just let the Catalans walk over them, when the goals came they were within a 2 minute period. First Messi scored off a Pique chip and then right after Munir set up the second goal for Neymar.

In the second half Luis Enrique brought on Rakitic for Iniesta and then Sandro for Neymar and with Rayo down to 10 men after a second yellow for Morcillo Messi had plenty of opportunities to put Barça further in the ahead. However, it was not to happen and the match ended with Barcelona beating Rayo 2-0.

0-1 Messi (min 34)
0-2 Neymar (min 35)

Barça loses to Paris Saint-Germain

October 1st, 2014

Goals from Messi and Neymar were not enough to overcome Pasris Saint-Germain last night in Paris, when the two clubs clashed in the group stage of Chanmpions League.

PSG were the first to score in an intense first half thanks to David Luiz in the ninth minute, but immediately Leo Messi equalised. With high possession for Barcelona, and the squad playing well it looked like it could go well for the Catalans. Unfortunately in a moment of confusion at the back a cross by former Barça player Motta was picked up by Verratti and the French side went back into the lead.

Following the break the pressure continued, but it was PSG who scored a third goal to leave Barcelona trailing 3-1. That gap was shortlived though and Neymar scored Barça’s second of the night. On came Munir, Sandro and Xavi, but although there were some good chances the match ended 3-2.

The result leaves Paris Saint-Germain on top with 4 points, Barcelona with 3, Ajax on 2 and APOEL with 1.

1-0 David Luiz (min 9)
1-1 Messi (min 10)
2-1 Verratti (min 25)
3-1 Matuidi (min 53)
3-2 Neymar (min 55)

La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 6

September 29th, 2014

After Wednesday’s disappointing slip against Malaga that saw Barça take just a single point, they are back firmly on top after a convincing win against Granada, while Valencia drew with Real Sociedad and Sevilla lost against Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona is now two points clear of Valencia and Atletico, while Sevilla slipped into the number four spot.

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Barça gives goal scoring master-class against Granada

September 29th, 2014

After a disappointing midweek match against Malaga, FC Barcelona bounced back with the annihilation of Granada at a packed Nou Camp on Saturday.

Ahead of the match Luis Enrique had warned that Granada can be dangerous, but with the team heavy on defence Barcelona had all the opportunities, although were unable to break through the impenetrable wall initially. The deadlock was broken at 25 minutes though. Neymar shot at the goal, which deflected off a defender’s leg and over the head of the keeper. Minutes before the break Messi set up Rakitic to put Barça two goals up, followed soon after by another from Neymar to end the first half 3-0.

It took another quarter hour of teh second half for Barcelona to score again, this time a Messi goal assisted by Xavi and Alves. Neymar scored his hat-trick a few minutes after to make it 5-0 from a Messi assist; and the Argentine scored the sixth goal of the match when he took the ball from the Granada defence and took the ball forward before putting in the back of the visitors’ goal.

1-0 Neymar (min 25)
2-0 Rakitic (min 42)
3-0 Neymar (min 44)
4-0 Messi (min 61)
5-0 Neymar (min 65)
6-0 Messi (min 81)

La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 5

September 25th, 2014

With the bulk of the midweek matches played on Tuesday and Wednesday for round 5 of the 2014/15 league Barcelona top the table on 13 points, matched by Sevilla in second place. Valencia plays Cordoba later today and unless things go badly wrong, Valencia will also be on 13 points going into the week 6.

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Barça slips to draw against Malaga

September 25th, 2014

While Barcelona dominated possession against Malaga last night, they failed to create much in the way of opportunities and ended the match with a goalless draw.

While the hosts made an early attempt at the Barça goal, it wasn’t untill close to the quarter hour mark that the Catalans had their first real opportunity of the evening with a Messi free kick, soon followed up by a couple of near misses by Pedro. Messi made another attack after 30 minutes, only to see it blocked, and at the close of the first half a Jordi Alba looked like a certain Messi goal, only for him to fail to get to the ball.

After the break the stalemate continued and so after 15 minutes of play on came Munir and Sandro, bringing off Pedro and Neymar and shortly after Adriano  in place of Douglas, but to no usefull effect, while Malaga had a good couple of attempts at scoring. As the minutes ticked down Pique tried, as did Bartra, but when the final whistle blew neither side had scored.


La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 4

September 22nd, 2014

Barcelona continued their unbroken run on Sunday when they travelled down to face Levante. Barça is the only team to have won all matches so far this season, with arch-rival Real Madrid having taken only 6 points so far.

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Barça scores 5 against Levante

September 22nd, 2014

Sunday saw FC Barcelona travel down to Valencia where they beat Levante in a tremendous match with plenty of goals for the Catalans.

Early on the home side looked as if they might score for themselves, but just after the half hour mark Neymar broke the deadlock to put Barça ahead. But after Messi was brought down in the box he uncharacteristically shot wide from the penalty spot, losing the chance to open the gap. However, Rakitic did that towards the end of the first half, leaving Barcelona with the clear advantage going into the break.

Back on for the second half, Neymar went down to cause a moment of panic on the Barcelona bench. Although he appeared to be uninjured, Sandro Ramírez was brought on in his place and soon made his mark felt when he scored off a Messi assist. With three goals it might have been the end of the night, but Pedro scored one more minutes later and, finally, Leo Messi scored goal number five a quarter hour from the end to leave Barça with a one hundred percent record this season.

0-1 Neymar (min 33)
0-2 Rakitic (min 43)
0-3 Sandro Ramírez (min 56)
0-4 Pedro (min 63)
0-5 Messi (min 76)

FC Barcelona defeats APOEL Nicosia in Champion League opener

September 18th, 2014

FC Barcelona continued their current winning streak last night in a match in which they dominated possession for a narrow 1-0 win against APOEL Nicosia at the Nou Camp.

Luis Enrique selected 7 players to make their first start this season and in the first half the Cypriot team started with some quick passes and ball control. The header in the 8th minute by Tomas De Vincenti was off the goal. Barcelona eventually scored a goal when Lionel Messi’s free kick was headed home by Gerard Pique in the 27th minute.

A mostly uneventful second half with De Vincenti, again, in the 58th minute, attempted a header but the Barcelona goalie blocked it. A goal was disallowed by Munir for being offside, but the 63,000 fans at the Nou Camp went home happy all the same.

1-0 Gerard Pique (min 27)

La liga 2014/15 – standing after week 3

September 15th, 2014

FC Barcelona head the table after winning three out of three matches at the start of the season. Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid lie 2 points behind, while Real Madrid nurse their wounds after losing against Atletico in the Madrid derby.

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