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Author Archives: Michael Barnes

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 28: David Villa and Lionel Messi Keep Barca Rolling On

Posted on by Michael Barnes

Lionel Messi was on target for an 18th consecutive Primera Liga game as Barcelona maintained their 13-point Liga lead over Real Madrid with a 3-1 win against Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou.  David Villa’s first-half opener set Barca on their … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 27: Messi Reaches 40 as Barca Bounce Back

Posted on by Michael Barnes

  Lionel Messi scored his 40th goal of the Primera Liga campaign as Barcelona beat basement boys Deportivo while Atletico Madrid’s hundred per cent home record was ended, allowing Real Madrid  to usurp them in second place. A below-strength Barca … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 26: Cracks Appearing at Barcelona

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For the second time in a week, Real Madrid emerged victorious from El Clasico as the form of runaway leaders Barcelona continued to stutter. The Blaugrana’s lead over Atletico was reduced to 11 points as Los Colchoneros were held at … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 25: Top Three March On

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Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid all won again at the weekend, with the Catalans maintaining their 12-point lead at the top of La Liga and the two capital clubs vying for the runners-up spot. A more intriguing drama is … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 24: 300 Up For Messi

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Lionel Messi hit his 300th goal in a Barcelona shirt as the runaway leaders of La Liga came from a goal behind to defeat Granada on Saturday. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid both won on Sunday to maintain second and … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 23: Barca’s Six of the Best

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Six different players got on the score sheet for Barcelona on Sunday as the runaway leaders thumped Getafe 6-1, while Real Madrid had a convincing win over Sevilla but remain 16 points behind the Catalans. With coach Tito Vilanova convalescing … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 22: Madrid Crash, Barca Stumble

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Real Madrid’s dismal showing at Granada on Saturday, capped by Cristiano Ronaldo’s own goal, encapsulated all that has gone wrong in a disastrous season for Jose Mourinho’s side. Barcelona could only draw at Valencia, while Atletico Madrid won 1-0 against … Continue reading

La Liga Roundup Gameweek 21: Ronaldo 3 Messi 4

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick on Saturday saw Real Madrid to a comfortable 4-0 win over Getafe but, just as Los Blancos have spent the season in Barcelona’s substantial shadow, so CR7 was outdone by Lionel Messi. The magical Argentine hit four … Continue reading