Barça end year with manita over Cordoba

Barça 5-0 Cordoba Piqué goal 2014Barça’s final game of 2014 ended with a 5-0 victory over Cordoba at Camp Nou this afternoon. There never seemed any doubt about the result after Pedro Rodriguez opened the scoring after just 72 seconds. Luis Suarez scored his first goal in La Liga to make it 2-0 early in the second half before late goals from Gerard Piqué and Leo Messi with two gave the victory a sweeter taste after a less than inspiring performance from Luis Enrique’s men. Continue reading

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Cordoba visit Camp Nou before the Christmas break

cordoba 0-2 barça messiBarça’s final match of 2014 is the visit of Miloslav Djukic’s Cordoba to Camp Nou for the 16th round of La Liga 2014/15 (Saturday 4 pm). Dani Alves trained alone today and is doubtful for the game though Neymar Jr rejoined the group and should be fit to play. Besides Thomas Vermaelen the rest of the squad is available and Luis Enrique will name his 18-man list for the match tomorrow morning. Continue reading

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Golazo from Adama as Barça hammer Huesca

Barça 8-1 Huesca Adama celebrates golazoCamp Nou was treated to a festival of goals tonight as Barça thrashed Huesca 8-1 to win the Copa del Rey tie 12-1 on aggregate. Pedro Rodriguez was the main hit-man with a first-half hat-trick with Sergi Roberto and Andrés Iniesta adding goals to give Barça a five-goal lead at half-time. Adriano added a sixth before substitute Adama Traore scored a goal which brought back memories of the original Ronaldo for its power and speed. Sandro made it 8-0 before Carlos David scored a late consolation to give the visitors something positive to remember from the tie. Continue reading

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Diagne in line for Huesca debut

Diawandou Diagne Barça B 2014Twenty-year-old Senegalese defender Diawandou Diagne could be the next youngster in line for a first-team debut in tomorrow’s Copa del Rey 2nd leg game with Huesca (Tuesday 10 pm). With a four-goal advantage from the first leg two weeks ago Luis Enrique will no doubt rest many regulars to give some minutes to the lesser-used first-team players and to some Barça B boys. Diagne, Munir, Sandro, Samper and Adama Traore trained today with the first team and it seems likely they will make the 16-man squad that Luis Enrique will name in the morning. Continue reading

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It’s City again

Man City 0-2 Barça Valdés under pressure 2014Barça will repeat last season’s Champions League last 16 with a tie against Manchester City. Barça went through last season after winning 0-2 at the Etihad Stadium and 2-1 at Camp Nou but the tie is still one of the toughest that Barça could face.

The full draw is as follows: Continue reading

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Barça grind to a halt in Getafe

Xavi Getafe 2014Barça could only manage a disappointing 0-0 draw in this afternoon’s game at Getafe which leaves Real Madrid with a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga. Leo Messi came closest to breaking the deadlock with a 52nd minute free-kick which hit the crossbar though Getafe also came close with a first-half effort from Angel Lafita which produced a glorious save from Claudio Bravo. Continue reading

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Barça seek ninth straight win at Getafe without Neymar

Getafe 2-5 Barcelona Pedro hat-trick goal 2013Since losing 0-1 to Celta on November 1 Barça have strung together a run of eight consecutive victories (four in La Liga, three in Champions and one in La Copa) to restore confidence at Camp Nou. The team will attempt to make it nine on the trot with a game at Getafe tomorrow in the fifteenth round of the 2014/15 Liga (Saturday 4 pm). With Real Madrid playing in the Club World Club next week Barça have the chance to go top of the table for Christmas and the New Year if victories can be gained tomorrow and in next week’s home game with Cordoba. Continue reading

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Barça come from behind to beat PSG to top spot

Barça 3-1 PSG Neymar goal 2014Barça came from behind to beat Paris Saint Germain 3-1 at Camp Nou tonight and clinch top spot in Champions Group F. Ex-blaugrana Zlatan Ibrahimovic shot the French team in front after 15 minutes but goals from Leo Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez turned things around for Barça who will now face either Arsenal, Manchester City, Juventus, Schalke 04, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel in the last 16. Continue reading

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Barça vs Paris SG: The battle for top spot in Group F

PSG 3-2 Barça Mathieu Cavani 2014The battle for top place in Champions League Group F comes to a climax tomorrow night when Barça meet Paris Saint Germain at Camp Nou (Wednesday 8.45 pm). Laurent Blanc’s men lead the group by one point so Barça need a victory while PSG need just a draw to avoid the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the last 16. Luis Enrique has a full squad available for the game except for the suspended Dani Alves, the injured Thomas Vermaelen and Rafinha who has a stomach bug. Continue reading

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Espanyol sunk by Messi the Destroyer

Barça 5-1 Espanyol Messi hat-trick match ball 2014An astonishing performance from Leo Messi helped Barça come from behind to beat Espanyol at Camp Nou this evening. Ex-blaugrana Sergio Garcia shot Los Periquitos into an early lead but a hat-trick from Messi and goals from Gerard Piqué and Pedro Rodriguez earned Barça a 5-1 victory to remain just two points behind Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Continue reading

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