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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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Barcelona vs. Elche: Final score 3-0, Messi's brace leads Blaugrana over Los Franjiverdes

Aug 24 2014 3:51pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Neither Javier Mascherano's red card or a black cat invading the pitch could stop Barca from winning their season opener. Despite going down a man at the end of the first half, Barcelona were able to see off Elche 3-0 behind a brace from Lionel Messi and 18-year-old debutante Munir El Haddadi's first career La Liga goal. The opening 20 minutes at the Camp Nou was very quiet, with the exce ...
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Lionel Messi Poised to Hit New Heights Under Luis Enrique at Barcelona

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Relaxed, refreshed and reinvigorated, Lionel Messi showed enough sharpness in the pre-season Gamper Trophy match against FC Leon to suggest that, after a less-than-satisfactory season under Tata Martino, it will probably be business as usual at the Camp Nou for the Argentina superstar this season. Much has been said after his, and his country’s, performance during the World Cup in Brazil. More of that later, but it’s worth noting that despite criticisms of ...
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Spanish Paper Talk: Former Arsenal Star ‘Honoured’ To Be At Barcelona

Aug 10 2014 4:05am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Cristiano Ronaldo will be ready to play in the Super Cup in Cardiff... All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Spain as Thomas Vermaelen passes his medical and will be presented as a Barcelona player on Sunday.  Image courtesy of Marca. - Iker plays it. - The final becomes the first hand to hand between Casillas and Keylor Navas. - Pressure for the captain: Carlo Ancelotti will change the k ...
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Van Gaal to spend big on three new faces as deals edge closer. SEE ALSO: Arturo Vidal spotted at Manchester United ahead of transfer! Manchester United could be close to announcing the signings of three new players, with new manager Louis van Gaal succeeding in bringing in some world class names in £84m's worth of spending. The Red Devils have been determined to do whatever it takes to improve their squad this ...
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Carles Puyol Passes on His Barcelona No. 5 Shirt to Team-Mate Sergio Busquets

Aug 1 2014 5:12am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona legend Carles Puyol won't be honoured with the retirement of his shirt—instead, he has chosen who gets to wear it next.And the defender has passed his No. 5 to Sergio Busquets.The two play slightly different roles, but it's a sign of the respect that Busquets is held in that Puyol would single him out for the s ...
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Tottenham Hotspur Must Buy Both Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez

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Southampton’s grand project is collapsing. Only a year ago, manager Mauricio Pochettino boldly predicted Champions League football on the south coast, as reported by Goal.com. Any such ambitions are now in full retreat as players and staff flee the sinking ship. Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert all joined Liverpool. Full-backs Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers left for Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, while Nicola Cortese, the brains ...
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Predicting Barcelona's First-Choice Defence for the Forthcoming Season

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Barcelona have gone through their most extensive period of refurbishment for some years this summer. Some would contend it has been more of a revolution rather than evolution. With over a month left of the transfer window it's fairly likely that some more new faces will come in, with perhaps one or two more leaving. As such, this "new" Barca has very definitely got Luis Enrique's stamp all over it. No piecemeal change ...
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Why Barcelona, and Not Real Madrid, Deserve to Be Favourites to Win La Liga

Jul 29 2014 6:46am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The comparisons have already begun. After a long summer that isn’t finished yet, fans and pundits alike are already pitting Barcelona and Real Madrid against each other as favorites to win the La Liga trophy. Both sides have strengthened well in the transfer window, though Atletico Madrid can never be erased from the picture. So who are the favorites to win La Liga? For the most part, the case is being made for Real Madrid to b ...
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Barcelona Signing Luis Suarez Could Mean Change Of Role For Lionel Messi

Jul 18 2014 5:52am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Barca star could drop deeper to make way for new signing. SEE ALSO: Top 10 Players: Best Footballers In the World Ever Barcelona's new manager Luis Enrique may have some radical changes in mind to accommodate new signing Luis Suarez into his side next season, according to Mundo Deportivo. In what may be something of a controversial decision, the free-scoring Argentine may be pushed further back as Suarez and Brazilian forward Neymar occupy the more advance ...
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