Barça reach final but lose Busquets

Villarreal 1-3 Barça Suarez scores goal 2015Barça reached the Copa del Rey Final this evening with a 1-3 second leg win at Villarreal to complete an aggregate semi-final score of 6-2 overall. It was always going to be tough for Villarreal to overturn the two-goal deficit from the first leg and it got tougher for Marcelino’s men when Neymar opened the scoring tonight after just three minutes. Ex-Barça midfielder Johnathan dos Santos gave Villarreal a glimmer of hope when he equalised on the night shortly before half-time. However, Tomas Pina’s sending off twenty minutes into the second half ended the home team’s chances and Luis Suárez and Neymar with his second of the night completed the scoring with late goals. Barça’s victory was dampened by an ankle injury to Sergio Busquets which according to initial predictions could see the midfielder out for around a month. Continue reading

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Copa del Rey semi-final second leg preview: Villarreal vs Barça

Barça 3-1 Villarreal Messi 2015Barça face Villarreal at El Madrigal tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8 pm) in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg with Luis Enrique looking for his first final as first team coach. A 3-1 advantage from the first leg three weeks ago makes Barça firm favourites to go through to the final on May 30 against the winner of the other semi-final between Espanyol and Athletic. Continue reading

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Rakitic and Suárez inspire Barça to victory

Granada 1-3 Barça Rakitic Suárez 2015A below-par Barça clocked up three more points this afternoon with a 1-3 win over Granada at the Nuevo Los Cármenes stadium. Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suárez made the difference in an uninspiring game with both players involved in all three Barça goals. Rakitic put Barça ahead in the 25th minute after good work from Suárez then the Croatian sent in the Uruguayan for the second just after half-time. Fran Rico pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before Rakitic and Suárez combined to set up Leo Messi to complete the scoring.  Continue reading

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No time for siesta in Granada

Granada 1-0 Barça Pedro 2014Barça face Granada at the Los Cármenes stadium tomorrow (Saturday 4 pm) in the knowledge that the last two Saturday afternoon games ended in a 0-0 draw at Getafe and last week’s 0-1 defeat to Malaga. Barça must not get caught napping again as only a victory will do to maintain pressure on leaders Real Madrid who have a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga going into the weekend with fourteen games remaining. Continue reading

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Suárez strikes twice but Barça fail to kill off City

Man City 1-2 Barça Suarez celebration 2015Luis Suárez scored twice as Barça earned a 1-2 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tonight. The Uruguayan struck both his goals in a marvellous first half from Luis Enriqué’s men in which City were fortunate to keep the score down to 0-2. However, Barça couldn’t add to the advantage and City fought back with a goal from Kun Aguero. Gael Clichy’s sending off left the English team with ten men for the final twenty minutes but Barça failed to capitalize with Leo Messi missing a last-minute penalty which leaves City with a lifeline for the second leg at Camp Nou on March 18. Continue reading

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Champions League Preview: Manchester City vs Barça

Man City 0-2 Barça Leo Messi 2014The Champions League is back, and just like last season Barça have been drawn against Manchester City in the most attractive tie of the last 16. The first leg tomorrow (Tuesday 8.45 pm CET) is once again at the Etihad Stadium and Luis Enrique’s men will be looking for a good result to take back to Camp Nou for the second leg on March 18. Continue reading

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Malaga shock victory ends Barça’s winning run

Barça 0-1 Malaga Neymar 2015Malaga brought Barça’s eleven-match winning streak to an unexpected end this afternoon with a 0-1 victory at Camp Nou. Juanmi Jiménez took advantage of a poor back pass from Dani Alves and a moment’s hesitation from Claudio Bravo to give the visitors a surprise lead after just eight minutes and Barça never recovered. Real Madrid can now extend their advantage at the top of the table to four points if they win at Elche tomorrow. Continue reading

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Barça face Malaga with Man City in mind

Barça 3-0 Malaga Dani Alves 2014Just three days before the Champions League clash at Manchester City Barça play hosts to Malaga at Camp Nou (Saturday 4 pm) in another must-win league game. With fifteen games remaining in La Liga 2014/15 the Catalans remain just one point behind leaders Real Madrid and as the title race hots up Barça are looking the more in-form team. Continue reading

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Another Messi hat-trick as Levante thrashed again

Messi Neymar levante 2015Leo Messi inspired Barça to a 5-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou this afternoon to keep Real Madrid’s advantage at the top of La Liga down to one point. Messi, playing his 300th league game, set up the first goal for Neymar Jr in the 17th minute before netting his 31st club hat-trick. Luis Suárez completed the scoring with a spectacular overhead kick to seal Barça’s 11th straight win since losing at Anoeta at the start of the year. Continue reading

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Barça seek eleventh straight win against Levante

barcelona 7-0 levante messi penalty goal 2013Barça can extend an impressive winning streak to eleven games tomorrow when Levante visit Camp Nou for the 23rd round of La Liga 2014/15 (Sunday 5 pm). The title race is hotting up with Real Madrid’s advantage at the top of the table cut to just one point and Luis Enrique knows his team must keep up the positive momentum. Continue reading

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