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Messi Comes From Bench, Shines Against Betis

Lionel Messi responded to being benched by scoring twice as a substitute and leading FC Barcelona to a 5-2 home victory over Real Betis on Saturday. The win helped snapped a four-game winless streak in La Liga for the Catalans.

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Barcelona Fires Coach Valverde, Hires Setien

Barcelona have sacked coach Ernesto Valverde and replaced him with former Real Betis coach Quique Setien. Valverde, 55, helped the club to two successive La Liga titles and they lead on goal difference this season. However, the Catalan side have

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Barcelona Confirm Suarez Suffered Leg Injury In La Liga Opener

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez suffered a right leg injury during his side’s defeat at Athletic Bilbao in Friday’s La Liga opener, the Spanish champions have confirmed. Suarez joins Lionel Messi on the sidelines after hobbling off in the 37th minute

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Pre-session: Lampard’s Chelsea Beat Barcelona In Japan

JOEL AJAYI WITH AGENCY REPORT Chelsea ended their pre-season tour of Japan in style with a win over Barcelona in Saitama on Tuesday. It was the perfect way to bring their trip to Asia to a close after being beaten by Kawasaki Frontale last week

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What A Comeback! Liverpool Score Four To Secure Champions League Final

Liverpool have beaten Barcelona 4-0 in the second leg of their semi-final clash to go through to the Champions league final. The Merseyside team started the match 3-0 down on aggregate and faced a uphill battle to reach the final.

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Injury: Barcelona’s Coutinho Out For Three Weeks

Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a left leg injury. Barcelona says on Thursday that medical tests revealed Coutinho has a “small tear” in an unnamed muscle. Coutinho apparently was injured

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Barca Set New Spanish League Unbeaten Record

Barcelona bounced back from their Champions League implosion in Rome to close on the La Liga title with a 2-1 win over in-form Valencia. Los Cules made it 39 games unbeaten in the league – a new Spanish record –

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Rome Debacle: What Went Wrong For Barcelona

“Historical debacle,” announces Mundo Deportivo. “Another ridicule,” blasts Sport. “The Fall of Barca’s Empire,” trumpets Marca. “Without football or fight,” laments El Pais. There is certainly a consensus among the Spanish media: Barcelona got what they deserved in Rome on

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UCL: Roma Knocks Out Barcelona

Roma pulled off a sensational second-leg comeback to beat Barcelona 3-0 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on away goals. Barca were heavy favourites to progress after a 4-1 first-leg win, but fell apart to Roma’s brilliant showing. Defender Kostas

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No Guard Of Honor For Barcelona — Zidane

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday his side will not offer runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona a guard of honour before the ‘Clasico’ next month if the Catalans are crowned champions before then. Barcelona famously formed a guard

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