Champions League Preview: Barça vs Paris Saint Germain

Barça 3-1 PSG Messi Ibrahimovic 2014Barça are clear favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals tomorrow night when Paris Saint Germain visit Camp Nou (Tuesday 8.45 pm) for the return game of the quarter-final tie which began last Wednesday with Barça’s 1-3 first leg win in Paris. The French side face a huge challenge to overturn their disadvantage but with 90 minutes still to play Barça would be foolish to take anything for granted. Continue reading

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Suárez, Bravo and Messi steal the points from valiant Valencia

Barça 2-0 Valencia Bravo celebrates penalty save 2015Goals in the first and last minute from Luis Suárez and Leo Messi earned Barça a nerve-wracking 2-0 victory over Valencia at Camp Nou this afternoon to stay top of La Liga for another week with just six games remaining. The result could have been very different had Valencia taken first half chances including a tenth-minute Dani Parejo penalty that was saved by Barça’s hero of the night Claudio Bravo. Continue reading

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Luis Enrique calls for support against Valencia

barça 2-3 valencia messi penalty goal 2014Luis Enrique gave a call to Barça fans to support the team in tomorrow’s complicated league fixture against Valencia at Camp Nou (Saturday 4 pm). Recognising the importance and the difficulty of the encounter, the Barça coach called for a big attendance to support the team in a tough test against a rival that has lost only once in La Liga since November. Continue reading

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Neymar and Suárez conquer Paris

PSG 1-3 Barça Suarez Neymar goal celebration 2015Barça took a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-3 victory over Paris Saint Germain in the first leg of the quarter-final at the Parc des Princes tonight. Neymar Jr opened the scoring after 18 minutes before two second half goals from a lethal Luis Suárez gave Barça a three-goal lead. Gregory Van der Wiel grabbed a late consolation to give the French side a glimmer of hope going into next Tuesday’s second leg at Camp Nou. Continue reading

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Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg: Paris Saint Germain vs Barça

PSG 3-2 Barça Mathieu Cavani 2014For the second time this season Barça travel to Paris to take on Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League. The teams met in the group stage with the French team winning 3-2 at the Parc des Princes back in September but Barça finished top of Group F after gaining revenge with a 3-1 win at Camp Nou in December. Now the teams face off in the Quarter-Finals with tomorrow’s first leg in Paris (Wednesday 8.45 pm) followed by the return game in Barcelona next Tuesday. Continue reading

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Barça’s lead cut to two points by Sevilla’s fightback

Sevilla 2-2 Barça Gameiro 2015Barça’s lead at the top of La Liga was cut to two points tonight when Sevilla fought back from 0-2 down to earn a 2-2 draw in a thrilling contest at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Barça played magnificently in the first 35 minutes to build up a two-goal advantage through goals from Leo Messi and Neymar. However, before half-time arrived Claudio Bravo failed to stop a 30-yard drive from Ever Banega and Unai Emery’s men were back in the game. Then with under ten minutes remaining a mistake from the otherwise excellent Gerard Piqué let Sevilla in for an equalizer through substitute Kevin Gameiro. Continue reading

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Alba fit for Barça’s big test at Sevilla

Sevilla 1-4 Barça Messi second goal 2014A Barça victory over Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán tomorrow (Saturday 8 pm) would be a massive step towards winning La Liga 2014/15 while providing an excellent boost going into Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final at Paris Saint Germain. However, the task is enormous as Unai Emery’s team are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season and they arrive to tomorrow’s game on a run of seven straight wins. Continue reading

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Barça march on with easy win over Almeria

Barça 4-0 Almeria Messi goal celebration 2015Barça stay four points clear at the top of La Liga ater a comfortable 4-0 win over Almeria at Camp Nou. Sergi Barjuan’s new team held out until the 33rd minute when Leo Messi unleashed a spectacular curler to put Barça in front. Luis Suárez fired in a splendid goal early in the second half before Marc Bartra, and Suarez again, completed the scoring with late goals. Closest rivals Real Madrid kept up the chase with a win at Rayo Vallecano but there are now just eight games remaining in the title race. Continue reading

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Rotations expected against Sergi’s Almeria

Barça 4-1 Almeria Leo Messi two-step 2014Barça hope to make it 20 victories from the last 21 games when Almeria visit Camp Nou tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8 pm) in Jornada 30 of La Liga 2014/15. A win will guarantee the maintenance of the four-point advantage over closest rivals Real Madrid while the gap could be increased if Madrid fail to win at Rayo Vallecano. Continue reading

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Mathieu heads Barça to vital win at Celta

Celta 0-1 Barça Mathieu winning goal 2015It was close and it was nervy, but finally Jeremy Mathieu’s 73rd minute header earned a 0-1 victory over Celta at Balaidos tonight to maintain Barça’s lead over closest rival Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. Madrid had bounced back from defeat at Camp Nou with a crushing 9-1 win over Granada at lunchtime but Barça’s victory restores the four-point advantage with nine games to play. Continue reading

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