Barça frustrated by Sevilla and woodwork

Unai Emery’s Sevilla pulled off a 2-1 victory over Barça this afternoon in a highly entertaining game at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Michael Krohn-Dehli and Vicente Iborra hit Barça with a double blow early in the second half before Neymar reduced the difference fifteen minutes from the end with a dubious penalty. Sevilla held on for the three points but Barça will curse their luck during the game as Neymar, Luis Suárez and Sandro were all denied by the woodwork. Continue reading

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Dilemmas for Luis Enrique at Sevilla

Luis Enrique has just sixteen first team players available for tomorrow afternoon’s game at Sevilla (Saturday 4 pm) as Barça look to regain top spot in La Liga before the internation break. Villarreal, who lead the table on 16 points after seven games, play at Levante on Sunday and Barça will also be hoping to take advantage of Atlético Madrid playing Real Madrid this weekend. Continue reading

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Barça stun Leverkusen with late comeback

Barça 2-1 Bayer leverkusen Sergi Roberto goal celebration 2015Poor Bayer Leverkesen. The German side led Barça for close to an hour in tonight’s Champions League clash at Camp Nou after Papadopolous’s 22nd minute header, and for long periods they looked the better side. With just ten minutes remaining, substitute Sergi Roberto grabbed Barça’s equalizer, and just two minutes later Luis Suárez smashed home the winner which, with Roma losing to BATE Borisov, leaves Barça top of Group E on four points after two games. The night had a negative side for Luis Enrique’s side as Andrés Iniesta limped off with a hamstring injury which could see him out for three weeks, adding to the growing list of injuries this season. Continue reading

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Champions League Preview: Barça vs Bayer Leverkusen

barcelona 7-1 bayer leverkusen messi goalThe last time Bayer Leverkusen visited Camp Nou, in March 2012, they received a 7-1 thrashing from Pep Guardiola’s Barça. Leo Messi played an absolute blinder that night, scoring five in one of the most dazzling displays ever seen in the Champions League. Messi will miss the reencounter between the two sides in tomorrow night’s Group E match (Tuesday 8.45 pm) as he begins a seven-to-eight week absence with his ligament injury. Continue reading

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Suárez double sinks Las Palmas but Barça lose Messi for two months

Messi injured Las Palmas 2015Luis Suárez scored twice as Barça returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas this afternoon. However, the win was soured by a knee injury to Leo Messi that could see the Argentinian sidelined for two months. Messi was injured in the third minute when Las Palmas defender Pedro Bigas blocked his shot and the first reports suggest he has torn his interior cruciate ligament and will need 7-8 weeks to recover.  Continue reading

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Barça look to bounce back against Las Palmas

Luis Enrique scores against Las Palmas 2002Barça face newly-promoted Las Palmas at Camp Nou tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 4 pm) with the need to recover after the shock 4-1 defeat at Celta. Individual defensive errors and a lack of intensity have been blamed as the pricipal causes for the disaster in Vigo which has seen Barça drop to fifth in the table, a point behind leaders Real Madrid, Celta and Villarreal. Continue reading

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Barça brought down to earth in Vigo

Celta 4-1 Barça Nolito goal 2015Barça came unstuck tonight in Vigo, ripped apart by a splendid Celta side that demonstrated a greater desire for the victory. Barça transfer target Nolito curled in a brilliant goal in the 26th minute to put the Galician side in front before Iago Aspas doubled the lead four minutes later after a mistake by Gerard Piqué. Aspas grabbed his second of the night ten minutes after half-time to put Celta three up. Neymar Jr pulled back a consolation goal but Celta substitute John Guidetti completed Barça’s misery by making it 4-1 before the end. Continue reading

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Piqué returns for leaders Barça at Celta

Celta 0-1 Barça Pique Messi 2015Gerard Piqué returns to league action following his four-match suspension as Barça take on Celta de Vigo at Balaidos tomorrow night (Wednesday 8.00 pm). Without Piqué, the defending champions have begun La Liga 2015/16 with four straight victories and Luis Enriqué will be looking to extend the 100% record in order to maintain the early advantage over closest rivals Real Madrid who also play tomorrow at Athletic Club at San Mames.  Continue reading

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Barça see off Levante to stay top of La Liga

Bartra celebrates goal against Levante 2015Barça stay top of La Liga for another week after a 4-1 victory over Levante at Camp Nou tonight. Following a disappointing goalless first half, Marc Bartra broke the deadlock in the 50st minute before a goal from Neymar and a Leo Messi penalty made it 3-0 on the hour. Victor Casadesús pulled a goal back for the visitors after a Ter Stegen mistake and there was time for Messi to fire another penaty over the crossbar before the Argentinian completed the scoring with a fine individual effort. Continue reading

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Dani Alves set to return against Levante

Early league leaders Barça take on Levante at Camp Nou tomorrow evening (Sunday 8.30 pm) with the goal of maintaining the two-point advantage over closest rivals Real Madrid. Gerard Piqué will serve the last of his four-match suspension while Luis Enrique is also without the injured Claudio Bravo, Douglas, Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha. The good news is that Dani Alves is fit again and should return at right-back. Gerard Gumbau from Barça B has been called up to the first team again to make up the 18-man squad for the game. Continue reading

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