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Messi gives new Barca coach Setien debut win

01 January, 2020 9:48 am 9:48 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona may have a new coach but Lionel Messi remains their unquestionable talisman after guiding the Spanish champions to a nervy 1-0 win at home to Granada in La Liga on Sunday in Quique Setien’s first game in charge of the club. The Argentine struck the only goal in the 76th minute, … Read More

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Messi nets sublime hat-trick as Barcelona rout Mallorca

12 December, 2019 8:23 am 8:23 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi celebrated his sixth Ballon D’Or award with a brilliant hat-trick as Barcelona moved back top of La Liga with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Real Mallorca. Real Madrid had climbed three points clear after beating Espanyol, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were at their vibrant best as they dispatched visitors Mallorca … Read More

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Magical Messi sends Barcelona top in Valladolid rout

10 October, 2019 9:03 am 9:03 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona captain Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as the Catalans thrashed Real Valladolid 5-1 to move top of La Liga. Ernesto Valverde’s side ran out comfortable winners at the Camp Nou, where Saturday’s Clasico against Real Madrid was due to be played before it was postponed until … Read More

Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests

10 October, 2019 6:53 pm 6:53 pm

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of demonstrators waving Catalan flags and chanting “Independence!” and “Freedom for political prisoners!” poured into Barcelona on Friday, the fifth day of protests against the jailing of separatist leaders. Many of the marchers began their journeys to the city on Wednesday from municipalities across the northeastern Spanish region, after … Read More

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Salah, Origi goals bring Liverpool Champions League redemption

06 June, 2019 8:40 am 8:40 am

MADRID (Reuters) – Liverpool ended an incredible season by winning Europe’s biggest prize after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in all-English Champions League final, earning sweet redemption after agonisingly missing out on the Premier League title. Mohamed Salah scored the second-quickest goal in a Champions League final by converting from the penalty spot in the second … Read More

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Hat-trick at Ajax buried memories of Barcelona nightmare for Moura

05 May, 2019 1:37 pm 1:37 pm

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s Lucas Moura will be playing the biggest match of his life this weekend but he has already buried the ghost of one past disappointment with his match-winning performance in the Champions League semi-finals. The Brazilian winger, who signed for the London club from Paris Saint Germain last year, scored a … Read More

Medvedev sees off Nishikori in Barcelona to reach first claycourt final

04 April, 2019 10:04 pm 10:04 pm

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Russian Daniil Medvedev reached the final of the Barcelona Open for the first time after edging out Kei Nishikori 6-4 3-6 7-5 in a tense and tight semi-final on Saturday. Medvedev, 23, will now play the winner of the other semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem on Sunday, after avenging his … Read More

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Quarter-final curse looms as Barca & Messi look to set record straight

04 April, 2019 5:09 pm 5:09 pm

BARCELONA (AFP) – Four years have passed since Lionel Messi last reached a Champions League semi-final and his drought has become a source of unease for Barcelona ahead of their latest attempt on Monday. Manchester United are the ones looking to emulate Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Roma by sending Barca out in the quarters for … Read More

Man City stumble at Chelsea, Salah shoots Liverpool top

12 December, 2018 9:11 am 9:11 am

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea brought a whole new dimension to the Premier League title race when they handed Manchester City their first defeat of the season to leave Mohamed Salah-inspired Liverpool as the new leaders. Egyptian Salah was back to his best with a hat-trick in his side’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth in the early … Read More

FIFA chief has doubts about Liga plans for US fixture

09 September, 2018 9:51 am 9:51 am

MADRID (Reuters) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino has expressed doubts about La Liga’s plan to host Girona’s home game against Barcelona in the United States. The Spanish league wants the fixture to be played in Miami on Jan. 26, 2019, but the president of soccer’s world governing body is not keen on the idea. “I … Read More

Unconvincing Barcelona scrape past Valladolid

08 August, 2018 9:38 am 9:38 am

MADRID (Reuters) – A last-minute VAR decision helped Barcelona secure an unconvincing 1-0 La Liga win over newly-promoted Valladolid . After Ousmane Dembele gave the champions a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute, Keko thought he had snatched a stoppage time equaliser for Valladolid but was denied the goal as the video assistant referee ruled … Read More

Clever Messi free kick helps Barca to opening win

08 August, 2018 9:36 am 9:36 am

BARCELONA (Reuters) – La Liga champions Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday with the help of a spectacular under-the-wall free kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from substitute Philippe Coutinho. Barca had dominated the late kick-off at a quiet Nou Camp but again … Read More