Barca All The Way

Barcelona edged their way into the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-2 draw over Real Madrid. The cup holders, who were reduced to 10 men late on, lost 4-3 on aggregate in a pulsating affair. Despite Real Madrid looking the better side for the majority of the first-half, the home side grabbed the lead in the 43rd minute when Pedro coolly slotted home after an excellent Lionel Messi run….

January 26, 2012
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‘Just Hand Barcelona The Trophy Next Season’: Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo believes Barcelona were given ‘outside help’ in their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, suggesting the Catalan club be handed the trophy next season to save hassle. The Portuguese forward was incensed by the performance of the referee during the clash at Camp Nou – which was drawn 1-1 to send Barca through – and backed up his manager Jose Mourinho’s claims of a conspiracy in favour…

May 4, 2011
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Pep Guardiola Avoids Latest Controversy

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has sidestepped Real Madrid’s latest referee criticism and is already looking to the Champions League final. Barcelona progressed to the decider at Wembley in London on May 28 at the expense of arch-rivals Real Madrid, who Guardiola and his men were facing for the fourth time in 18 days. True to form, Tuesday’s match was not without its controversy – even with Guardiola’s opposing manager Jose…

May 4, 2011
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Barcelona Coach Hits Back

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has leapt to the defence of his players ahead of the Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, claiming they are examples of professionalism. Dani Alves, Pedro and Sergio Busquets were all accused of unsporting conduct by Madrid in a fiesty first leg at the Bernabeu, while the latter is reported to have racially abused Real full-back Marcelo. However, UEFA decided against taking additional action against…

May 3, 2011
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Barcelona 3 Arsenal 1; agg 4-3: full match report

BARCELONAARSENAL Tuesday, March 08 19:45 Champions League Camp Nou Messi (45+3, 71) Xavi (69) (HT 1-0) Busquets (OG) (53) For three minutes here Arsenal dared to dream. For three minutes after Sergio Busquets’ own goal, levelling Lionel Messi’s opener and restoring Arsenal’s aggregate lead, reverie danced through Arsenal minds. The dream then dissolved into the darkest nightmare. Controversy and calamity engulfed them after 56 minutes. For all the folly staining…

March 9, 2011
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Barca Defeat Is Not a Humiliation: Mourinho

Real Madrid manager José Mourinho has refuted talk that his team was humiliated after suffering a 5-0 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Barcelona on Monday night. Goals from Xavi, Pedro, a double from David Villa and a last-gasp effort from Jeffren saw Barcelona inflict the worst defeat of Mourinho’s career in the Portuguese’s first Clasico. Despite admitting that his team’s performance was poor, Mourinho strongly denied that the result…

November 30, 2010
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