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Barcelona vs Espanyol preview - Barca hit by Valdes blow

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by PA

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has lamented the loss of goalkeeper Victor Valdes to a knee injury as the Catalans attempt to build on a successful week in the Primera Division. Barca go into this weekend's derby against Espanyol with their title aspirations given a major boost after victories over Real Madrid and Celta Vigo in the past six days. Great rivals Real also suffered defeat to Sev...Full Story »

Iniesta and Xavi - key peas in the Barca pod

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by Marca.com

A mashed-up Xavi and Iniesta star on the front cover of the April 2014 edition of French magazine 'So Foot', which lavishes praise on the Barca stars, labelling them "as essential as they are inseparable". This is the mag's full introduction to the duo: "Spain and Barcelona owe them a lot, if not the lot. As essential as they are inseparable, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta have revolution...Full Story »

Neymar-Messi double act keeps Barca ticking

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by Foxsports.com

Goals from Neymar and Lionel Messi meant Barcelona kept the pressure on title rivals Atletico and Real Madrid with a comfortable 3-0 win over Celta Vigo. But the evening turned sour when Victor Valdes was carried off with a serious knee injury that could end his Barca career and rule him out of the World Cup. The goalkeeper struggled to hold on to a free-kick from Fabian Orellana midway thro...Full Story »

Almeria 2 : 2 Valencia - Valencia throw away lead at Almeria

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by PA

Valencia's bid to force their way into the European reckoning suffered a blow as they squandered a 2-0 lead away to relegation-battling Almeria. Valencia led just nine seconds into the match through Seydou Keita and were 2-0 up when Eduardo Vargas found the net 10 minutes before half-time. But Almeria replied with two goals in as many minutes early in the second half with Oscar Diaz and Corona...Full Story »

Levante 1 : 3 Real Betis - Betis give themselves fresh hope

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by PA

Real Betis' first away win of the Primera Division season offered further proof they could yet make an unlikely run at survival as Levante were beaten 3-1 in Valencia. Second-half goals from Jorge Molina and Ruben Castro secured a first away win in the league for almost a year. Salva Sevilla and Papakouli Diop had traded first-half goals. Betis had seemed destined for relegation at the start o...Full Story »

Getafe 0 : 1 Villarreal - Perbet revives Villarreal Euro bid

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by PA

Jeremy Perbet's early strike proved sufficient to earn Villarreal all the points from their trip to relegation-threatened Getafe. Perbet fired home in the fifth minute as the visitors ended a run of four matches without a win to reignite their faltering push for the European berths. The 1-0 reverse leaves Getafe coach Cosmin Contra still searching for his first win since taking charge a fort...Full Story »

Real Sociedad 1 : 0 Valladolid - Vela strikes for Real Sociedad

Posted Friday, March 28, 2014 by PA

A solitary goal by Carlos Vela allowed Real Sociedad to take al three points at home to Valladolid and get back to winning ways after their agonising defeat at Almeria, but the result leaves Juan Ignacio Martinez's side languishing in the relegation zone. The former Arsenal forward struck midway through the first half with a smart finish, punishing the visitors for having more of the ball but f...Full Story »

Barca, Spain rocked by Vlades knee injury

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Foxsports.com

Victor Valdes has likely played his final game for Barcelona and will miss this summer's World Cup after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament The 32-year-old goalkeeper, who has long planned to leave the Nou Camp at the end of his contract in June, fell awkwardly while saving a free-kick from Fabian Orellana in the 22nd minute of the match, and could be seen crying as he left the pitch...Full Story »

Sevilla 2 : 1 Real Madrid - Real title hopes suffer fresh blow

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by PA

Real Madrid's title challenge unravelled on Wednesday night as they suffered back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 loss at Sevilla. Fresh from their Clasico beating by Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti's men still held the upper hand in the title race ahead of this game. But another loss, coupled with wins elsewhere for Barca and Atletico Madrid, means they are now three points off the pace with their dest...Full Story »

Atletico de Madrid 1 : 0 Granada CF - Costa to the rescue

Posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 by PA

Diego Costa's solitary goal lifted Atletico Madrid back to the top of the Primera Division standings as they claimed a 1-0 win over Granada on Wednesday night. Costa headed Jose Sosa's cross past Granada keeper Roberto to ensure Atletico moved one point clear of Barcelona, who slipped to second, and three clear of capital city rivals Real Madrid, who lost 2-1 at Sevilla. The Vicente Calderon f...Full Story »

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