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La Liga: Barca scrape home, Atletico Madrid romp past Rayo
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La Liga: Barca scrape home, Atletico Madrid romp past Rayo

Aug 26 2013, 6:06am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 26 (IANS) FC Barcelona remain top of the Spanish Primera Liga after a 1-0 win against Malaga while Atletico Madrid moved into second place with a 5-0 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano.

Madrid, Aug 26 — FC Barcelona remain top of the Spanish Primera Liga after a 1-0 win against Malaga while Atletico Madrid moved into second place with a 5-0 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano. Adriano's...

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La Liga: Barca scrape home, Atletico Madrid romp past Rayo

Aug 26 2013, 6:06am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Aug 26 (IANS) FC Barcelona remain top of the Spanish Primera Liga after a 1-0 win against Malaga while Atletico Madrid moved into second place with a 5-0 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano.

Madrid, Aug 26 — FC Barcelona remain top of the Spanish Primera Liga after a 1-0 win against Malaga while Atletico Madrid moved into second place with a 5-0 drubbing of Rayo Vallecano.

Adriano's goal on the stroke of halftime was enough to give Barca a win on a difficult night in the La Rosaleda Stadium Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Barca coach Tata Martino introduced made changes to his side, such as Alex Song for Sergio Busquets, Adriano for Dani Alves and Cesc Fabregas for the injured Lionel Messi, but there was no starting place for Neymar, who again began the match on the bench.

Adriano once again showed his talent as a player to score excellent goals on the stroke of halftime with a shot from outside of the Malaga penalty area.

Meanwhile the second half saw both sides hit the woodwork and Barca keeper, Victor Valdes make a fine save from Malaga's Seba Fernandez in the last minute of the game as the home side worked hard to take a point against a Barca side which lacked spark without Messi and with Neymar coming into the game after more than an hour.

Atletico showed they can again challenge for a top four position as Diego Simeone' s side warmed up for the return leg of the Spanish Supercup with a 5-0 thrashing of Rayo.

The loss of Radamel Falcao to Monaco doesn't appear to have harmed Atletico at all, in fact they looked a more compact side.

Raul Garcia opened the scoring after six minutes and the game was virtually over as a contest after 34 minutes, but Diego Costa and Arda Turan had added two more goals to complete the rout.

Meanwhile Levante, who last week lost 0-7 to Barca, recovered to draw 0-0 to Sevilla in a game that will not live long in the memory of those who watched it.

Real Madrid travel to Granada to play Monday night.

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Dropping Steven Gerrard might be the right decision at the wrong time

Nov 4 2014 6:07am CST | Source: SBNation

Brendan Rodgers has suggested that his captain may not begin tonight's game against Real Madrid. Whatever his reasons, it's a very delicate moment for a manager to drop a club legend. It's coming. Whether it comes tonight against Real Madrid, on Sunday against Chelsea, or at some unspecified point in the season, it's coming. Some time soon, Steven Gerrard is going to get rested. Or rotated. Or, Brendan Rodgers being Brendan Rodgers, will have his priorit ...
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3 weeks ago

Lionel Messi Reportedly Unhappy with Luis Enrique, Barcelona Mole Alleged

Nov 4 2014 4:03am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Lionel Messi is reportedly among "a number of the dressing-room heavyweights" who are "none too pleased" with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, according to reports in Spain. Jose Felix Diaz of Marca reports a growing frustration from inside the Camp Nou after Barca's losses to Real Madrid and Celta Vigo. Such form has seen the Blaugrana drop from the top of the table, concede their first ...
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4 weeks ago

The Top 5 La Masia goals of the week from Barcelona ft. a stunner at No. 1 [Video]

Oct 29 2014 6:27am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Barcelona have arguably the greatest youth academy in world football.The likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and many more honed their skills at the Barcelona facilities known as ‘La Masia’.The Catalan giants each week post a video of the top 5 goals of the week, from all different ages.12 year old Pau Servat took the number one spot, with a strike that Lionel Messi would’ve been proud of. Man City v Newcastle – EXCLUSIVE OFFER!Click here to bac ...
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4 weeks ago

Barcelona Player Ratings From Real Madrid Defeat: Pique Struggles And Messi Anonymous In El Clasico

Oct 25 2014 12:56pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

How did the Barcelona side rate in their El Clasico trip to the Bernabeu? SEE MORE: Manchester United v Chelsea: Live streaming guide and Premier League preview Neymar goal video Ronaldo goal video Barcelona conceded their first La Liga goals of the season in defeat to arch rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu this evening, with goals from Pepe and Karim Benzema in the second half proving to be the difference. This is how ...
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4 weeks ago

Did Cristiano Ronaldo deserve a penalty here?

Oct 25 2014 11:29am CDT | Source: SBNation

This is a close call, but referee Jesus Gil opted to wave play on, instead of giving a penalty to Real Madrid or carding Cristiano Ronaldo for a dive. Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets definitely sticks out a leg in front of Ronaldo, but the contact is minimal and the Madrid star definitely makes the most of it. Softer fouls have been given as penalties, th ...
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Luis Suarez starts El Clásico for Barcelona; Real Madrid lineup has no surprises

Oct 25 2014 10:09am CDT | Source: SBNation

In his first game eligible to play for FC Barcelona's first team, Luis Suarez starts. He'll join the other Barca superstars up top against Real Madrid, who line up as expected. Barcelona boss Luis Enrique said that Luis Suarez would play a part in El Clásico, but most didn't expect him to start. But instead of waiting to introduce him, Enrique has thrown him into the starting XI against Real Madrid, alongside Lionel Messi and ...
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4 weeks ago

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Live Score, Highlights from El Clasico

Oct 25 2014 7:03am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

La Liga—Estadio Santiago Bernabeu   Real Madrid vs. Barcelona (kick-off 5 p.m. BST / 12 p.m. ET) Referee: Jesus Gil   The first Clasico of the season is upon us, and Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe and Ryan Bailey break down the tactical matchup while Alex Diamond looks at the rivalry’s all-time greatest players.   Projected Line-Ups Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, ...
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4 weeks ago

El Clasico 2014: Latest on Luis Suarez and Real Madrid vs. Barcelona Team News

Oct 25 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Suarez is finally eligible to play his first competitive match for Barcelona this Saturday when the leaders of La Liga head to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season. The Uruguayan's four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup ended on Friday, and it now remains to be seen how big a part he will play against Madrid. Suarez left Anfield for the Camp Nou over the summer for £65 million, and big ...
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4 weeks ago

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Luis Enrique Talks Luis Suarez in Clasico Presser

Oct 24 2014 7:50am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club in Saturday's El Clasico against Real Madrid, and he confessed the game will be a test of the Uruguayan's character. Suarez's four-month suspension for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil came to an end on Friday, just in time for table-topping Barca's La Liga ...
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5 weeks ago

Lionel Messi, Neymar lead Barcelona into Champions League clash vs. Ajax

Oct 21 2014 1:12pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Barcelona will start without Xavi and Sergio Busquets. Barcelona are heavy favorites against Ajax, and for good reason. They are significantly better than their Eredivisie opponents and are at home. Lionel Messi and Neymar lead the attack, as always, and they will be joined by Pedro up front. Neither Xavi nor Sergio Busquets, bringing Javier Mascherano into the midfield, which shouldn't be a problem. Mascherano is plenty good enough and it is not as if Ajax figure ...
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