Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna (Walcott, m.66), Clichy, Vermaelen, Diaby; Cesc, Nasri, Gallas (Denilson, m.44), Song; Arshavin (Eboue, m.28), Bendtner FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Maxwell; Busquets, Xavi, Keita; Pedro, Ibrahimovic (Henry, m.76), Messi (Milito, m.86) Goals: 0-1, m.46. Ibrahimovic, m.46; 0-2, m.59. Ibrahimovic; 1-2, m.69. Walcott; 2-2, m.85. Cesc (pen.) Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)
FC Barcelona move back to the top of La Liga tonight after a 2-0 victory over Osasuna. Second half goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bojan Krkic spared our blushes after what an easily be considered as the worst first half performance at Camp Nou of this season. FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Milito, Maxwell; Iniesta, Busquets (Keita, min.69), Touré; Messi, Ibrahimovic (Bojan, min.74), Henry (Pedro, min.46) Osasuna: Ricardo; Azpilicueta, Miguel Flaño, Josetxo, Monreal; Puñal, Nekounam (Calleja, min.78); Juanfran (Rúper, min.78), Vadocz, Camuñas, Masoud (Galán, min.85) Goals: 1-0, min.73: Ibrahimovic. 2-0, min.89: Bojan Venue: Camp Nou stadium (Attendance: 70.645)
Leo Messi recovered from a dental infection which had made him doubtful before the game to score his second hat-trick of the month and lead Barça to a 2-4 victory over Zaragosa at the Romereda tonight. Messi 5′ (0-1) Messi 66′ (0-2) Messi 78′ (0-3) Colunga 85′ (1-3) Colunga 89′ (2-3) Ibrahimovic 90′ (2-4) Real Zaragoza: Roberto; Diogo, Jarosik, Contini, Ponzio; Edmilson (Lafita, min.46), Gabi; Arizmendi (Colunga, min.62), Ander Herrera, Eliseu, Suazo (Penant m. 80) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué (Puyol, min.69), Milito (Márquez, min.73), Maxwell; Touré (Iniesta, min.63), Busquets, Keita; Messi, Ibrahimovic, Pedro Goals: 0-1. min.5. Messi; 0-2. min.66. Messi; 0-3. min.78. Messi; 1-3. min.84. Colunga; 2-3. min.88. Colunga; 2-4. min.90. Ibrahimovic (pen.) Venue: La Romareda, Zaragoza
Two goal from Messi, one from Perdo and the last one from Bojan sent FC Barcelona to the quarter finals of this year Champions League. Even without Xavi and Ibrahimovic, the Blaugana had no problem to beat VfB Stuttgart in the second leg of the last sixteen. They will face Arsenal with the second leg at the camp nou on the 6th of April (buy tickets for FC Barcelona – Arsenal) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Puyol, Maxwell; Touré, Busquets (Ibrahimovic, m.66), Iniesta (Bojan, m.88), Pedro, Messi, Henry (Milito, m.78) VfB Stuttgart: Lehmann; Celozzi (Gebhart, m.46), Niedermeier, Delpierre, Molinaro; Kuzmanovic, Khedira; Trasch, Hleb; Cacau, Pogrebnyak (Marica, m.70) Goals: 1-0, m.14: Messi. 2-0, m.22: Pedro. 3-0, m.60: Messi. 4-0, m.89: Bojan Venue: Camp Nou stadium (Attendance: 88.543)
Barcelona bounced back in style after the 2-2 draw at Almeria last weekend saw them surrender the lead in La Liga to Real Madrid. Without Ibrahimovic and Pep Guaridola (both suspended after their red card in Almeria), FC Barcelona struggled to contain a strong team ofValencia. But Leo Messi struck a stunning hat-trick to send FC Barcelona back on the winning trail. He left the pitch to a standing ovation while increasing his tally to 22 goals in the Pichichi race. Bojan’s substitution to Thierry Henry gave more depth to FC Barcelona’s play… FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Milito, Maxwell; Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta (Jeffrén 86’); Bojan (Henry 46’), Messi (Touré 88’), Pedro Valencia FC: César; Miguel, Maduro, Dealbert, Bruno (Baraja 77’); Pablo, Albelda (Fernandes 43’), Banega, Silva; Jordi Alba, Domínguez (Zigic 65’) Goals: 1-0, Messi (55’). 2-0, Messi (81’). 3-0, Messi (82’) Venue: Camp Nou stadium (attendance: 87.600)
For the sixth consecutive year, Real Madrid did not make it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after tonight’s elimination in the last 16 of the competition. Three weeks after losing in Lyon (0-1) in the first leg of their matchup, they could not get a win, tonight, in their home stadium of Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo scored an early goal (Min ’6), and despite an impressive domination over the match in the first half, Real Madrid could not score a second goal. Olympique Lyon midfielder Pjanic scored an equalizer with 15 minutes to go and ruined Florentino Perez’s plan to have his Real Madrid win the Champions League in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
La Liga is wide open tonight after FC Barcelona dropped 2 points in Almeria. Things could have been a lot worse as Barça was behind twice and both Guardiola (first half) and Ibrahimovic (second half) were sent off. Down 1-2, the ten remaining players fought back to earn an equalizer. Messi scored the 2 goals for Barça and is now Pichichi of the Liga with 19 goals. Real Madrid took the top of the Spanish League after winning (3-2) over Sevilla FC… They have the same amount of points, but a better goal average. Domingo 12′ (1-0) Messi 42′ (1-1) Puyol (own goal) 57′ (2-1) Messi 66′ (2-2) Ibrahimovic red card 60′ Almeria: Diego Alves; Chico, Pellerano, Cisma; Juanma Ortiz, M’Bami, Bernardello, Guillerme (Goitom, m. 66); Soriano; Piatti (Ortiz Bernal, m. 90), Crusat (Kalu Uche, m. 74) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Puyol, Milito, Maxwell; Xavi, Touré (Busquets, m. 72), Iniesta; Messi, Ibrahimovic, Pedro Goals: 1-0, m. 11: Cisma. 1-1, m. 41: Messi. 2-1, m. 56: Puyol, csc. 2-2, m. 66: Messi Venue: Stade de la Méditerranée