Barça need three points at Espanyol

Espanyol 0-1 Barça Messi stopped 2014With just six games to play in La Liga 2014/15 Barça travel across town to Cornellà-El Prat tomorrow to face local rivals Espanyol at the newly-named Power8 stadium (Saturday 4 pm). The two-point advantage over second placed Real Madrid leaves no margin of error for Luis Enrique’s men in the final run-in and, besides the game at Atlético Madrid on May 17, tomorrow’s derby is the biggest challenge for Barça of the remaining league fixtures. Continue reading

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Champions League semi-final draw: Barça vs Bayern Munich

Luis Enrique Guardiola 2014The Champions League semi-final draw has paired Barça with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. The first game will be played at Camp Nou on Tuesday 5 May with the return in Munich on Wednesday 13 May. The other semi-final is between Juventus and Real Madrid with the first leg in Turin on Wednesday 6 May and the return in Madrid on Tuesday 12 May. Continue reading

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Neymar double seals Barça’s place in Champions League semi-finals

Barça 2-0 PSG Neymar Alves 2015Barça coasted into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Paris Saint Germain tonight which completes an overall aggregate score of 5-1. Neymar Jr scored both goals in a wonderful first 45 minutes from Luis Enrique’s men, inspired by the dazzling feet of Andrés Iniesta. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich join Barça in Friday’s semi-final draw and tomorrow the other two teams will be decided from the Madrid-Atlético and Monaco-Juventus ties. Continue reading

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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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