Real Madrid 0-2 FC Barcelona Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain 2010/2011 Champions League Barcelona’s Leo Messi scored two late goals to put his team in control of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. The 2 goals came after Real Madrid’s Pepe was sent off in the 61st minute and boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands soon after for his protestations. Afellay, who came on for the injured Pedro (stepped on by Marcello minutes before), sped down the right and played the ball into the area which Messi tapped in to beat Casillas. (1-0) Real Madrid considered themselves to be still in the tie, despite conceding an away goal. But Leo Messi struck again with pure brilliance: Barça’s 10 picked up the ball from Sergio Busquets midway inside Real Madrid’s half, skipped past Lass Diarra, Raul Albiol and Marcelo before scoring his 52nd goal of the season (his 11th in 11 Champions League matches), and almost sending his team to the final in Wembley. Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Albiol, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Pepe, Lass; Ozil (Adebayor, m. 46), Di María, Ronaldo FC Barcelona: Valdés; Dani Alves; Piqué, Mascherano, Puyol; Xavi, Busquets, Keita; Pedro (Afellay, m. 71), Messi, Villa (Sergi Roberto, m. 90) Goals: 0-1. M. 76. Messi. 0-2. M. 87. Messi
Mourinho sparked an uncharacteristically angry response from his opposite number after branding Guardiola as being a unique coach who “criticises the right decisions made by referees”. “We will meet each other on the pitch. He’s won his games off the pitch and I’ll give him his personal Champions (League) for that,” said Guardiola. “In this room, he’s the chief, the man, the person who knows everything about the world and I don’t want to compete with him at all.” Guardiola added “If you think that his allegation that I always complain about the referees is true after you’ve all heard from me over the last three years, well there’s nothing I can do. Off the pitch there’s nothing we can do to fight that. “Off the pitch, he has already won, as he has done all year. On the pitch, we’ll see what happens.”
FC Barcelona 2-0 Osasuna La Liga – Day 32 – 23rd of April 2010 Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona FC Barcelona stay 8 points clear of Real Madrid in the Spanish League after their home win against Osasuna at the Camp Nou stadium with goals from David Villa and Leo Messi (50th goal of the season). FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Mascherano, Milito (Xavi, m.66), Maxwell; Busquets, Thiago, Keita, Jeffren (Iniesta, m.46) Villa (Messi, m.58), Afellay Osasuna: Ricardo, Nelson, Lolo, Flaño, Monreal, Nekounam, Vadocz, Cejudo (Calleja, m.87), Camuñas, Damià (Timor, m.80), Kike Sola (Pandiani, m.80) Goals: 1-0, m.24: Villa. 2-0, m.88: Messi Venue: Camp Nou stadium (attendance: 73.285)
Guardiola: We will attack in Champions League “It’s as if our style has become an excuse for us having lost the Cup final,” Guardiola told a news conference. “Whether you win or lose, the style is always the same. Playing attacking football is the only way I understand, it’s our club’s philosophy and I’m not going to change it. “We are going to attack and to try and score goals at the Bernabeu.” “We are up against a recent past where we had a lot of success. I would be happy if we only won La Liga but if the fans are sad, what can I do?” “The players need to react because it is their job to,” he said. “If they are angry or sad they should run more, that way they’ll get over it quicker. Those feeling sorry for themselves can go and sit in the stands. “In sport, you lose more than you win. I’m not a psychologist, I’m a bloke who played football and who qualified as a coach. Nothing more.”
Real Madrid won the SPanish cup final yesterday at Mestalla stadium in Valencia. Ronaldo scored the only goal of the match and gives the first trophy in the Mourinho era. FC Barcelona: Pinto; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano (Maxwell, min. 1), Busquets (Keita, m. 107), Xavi, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi et Villa (Afellay, m. 105) Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho (Garay, m. 118), Marcelo; Pepe, Xabi Alonso, Khedira (Granero, m. 103); Di María, Cristiano Ronaldo et Özil (Adebayor, m. 69) Goal: 0-1, min. 103 Cristiano Ronaldo Watch the video highlights of the match below: However, during the celebrations following the match, Sergio Ramos dropped the trophy from the bus… Looks like they could not hold on to it for that long… see the video below: Both teams meet again in a week for the 2010/2011 Champions League semi finals.
Barcelona FC have decided to appeal UEFA’s proposal to ban Andres Iniesta for one Champions League match for deliberately collecting a yellow card. UEFA officials at the match alleged Iniesta wanted to get the card so he could serve the standard one-match ban in the second leg and would have a clean start for the semi-finals. “FC Barcelona believe that the arguments outlined in their appeal, based on the good faith of the player and the disproportionate nature of the proposed sanction will be sufficient to rebut these allegations,” the club said on their website.
First of all, Shakhtar is a very good team. One of the best attacking teams in Europe, unlucky they did not score more goals. As the Shakhtar coach said: If they had someone like Messi, who had converted 100% of their chances, they would have progressed. Valdes had 5 very good and important saves! Second: Arsenal? hmm… Weak? No, not at all! They won 2-1 at Emirates, and then went on to play a kinda bad game in the Nou Camp, which they lost 3-1 (no shots on goal, only an owngoal from Busquets after a corner). But Arsenal+Shakhtar, and now Real Madrid+Possibly Man U in the final. Can’t see it much tougher! Proud to be a Barcelona fan, even if we go on to lose all 4 clasicos. We have played a great season – and no matter what, we can be proud of the 5-0 routing of Madrid at Camp Nou, Real won’t ever beat Barcelona by that result! Anyway, I think we will win Copa Del Rey by 3-1, Get a 1-1 draw in La Liga this saturday, and qualify on away goals in CL! Good luck, Visca Barca!
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Leo Messi has set a new record yesterday with his goal in the Champions League quarter-finals against Shakhtar Donetsk. He has scored 48 goals so far this season and now has the record for most goals scored during a football season for a FC Barcelona player: He has scored 29 goals in the Spanish League (with 7 matches left), 9 in the Champions League (with at least 2 matches left), 7 in the Spanish Cup (with 1 match left), and 3 in the Spanish Super Cup. He scored 47 goals last season (tied with Brazilian Ronaldo for best as a FC Barceona player) and is now en route to beat the Liga record held by Puskas (49 goals for Real Madrid in the 59/60 season). Have a look at last year’s 47 goals below:
FC Barcelona came through their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Shakhtar Donetsk without any hiccups to book a place in the last four after a 1-0 win at the Donbass Arena completed a 6-1 aggregate success. Lionel Messi, who played despite pre-match speculation that he may be rested with the tie effectively settled after last week’s 5-1 win at the Nou Camp, scored the only goal of the game just before half-time. This is his 48th goal of the season, clearing his own record ( tied with Ronaldo in the 1995-1996 Season) of 47th goals in one season with about 10 matches left to go. Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Kobin, Ishchenko, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk, Hubschmann (Fernandinho, m.75), Mkhitaryan, Duglas Costa (Eduardo, m.58), Jadson, William et Luiz Adriano (Marcelo Moreno, m.67) FC Barcelona: Valdés; Alves, Piqué (Milito, m.70), Busquets, Adriano, Mascherano, Xavi (Pedro, m.66), Keita, Afellay, Villa (Jeffren, m.75), Messi Goal: 0-1: Messi, min.43