FC Barcelona reveal mosaic for upcoming Clásico

Així serà el mosaic de diumenge al Camp Nou
The Camp Nou will once again be looking more special than ever for Sunday’s showdown with Real Madrid: 98,000 cards will spell out the word ‘Barça’

Naturally, the crowd will be creating a mosaic at the Camp Nou for Sunday’s clásico. The game between  Barça and Madrid will be preceded by a spectacular mosaic formed by 98,000 cards going all the way around the stadium. The image will be that of a massive Catalan flag and the word ‘Barça’, and will be unveiled just as the teams are coming into the field. 

This year is the twentieth anniversary of mosaics at the Camp Nou. Curiously, the first one also featured no words other than the name of the club, ‘Barça’.

. @Carles5puyol dislocates left elbow and is on his way to hospital

Carles Puyol / PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB
The captain, who suffered a terrible fall on 76 minutes, has dislocated his left elbow. He’s currently undergoing tests in Lisbon

President Sandro Rosell visited the player in hospital

We will update you as soon as information is made available on Carles Puyol’s status. The Club’s medical staff have confirmed that the captain has dislocated his left elbow and that he’s currently in hospital in Lisbon. The player will undergo further tests to determine the extent of his injury.

President Sandro Rosell visited the player in hospital.

A wonderful game and goals from Alexis and Cesc gained FC Barcelona their second win in their Champions League group

PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
A wonderful game and goals from Alexis and Cesc gained FC Barcelona their second win in their Champions League group

Six wins out of six in La Liga and six points out of six in the Champions League group G. Barça got their second win in Europe’s premier club competition thanks to a convincing performance at the Stadium of Light, where Benfica were outplayed for most of the 90 minutes, especially in the second half. Alexis and Cesc scored the goals, one in each half, but there were also sorry notes to the evening. Puyol was forced to withdraw with yet another injury and Busquets was sent off towards the end of the game.

Alexis early doors

The game had barely kicked off in Lisbon when Barça were already ahead. A quick combination play down the left was finished with an exquisite assist from Messi that Alexis slotted home expertly. It was the first goal of the season for the Chilean, who was one of FCB’s most active players in the first forty five minutes. He came close to scoring a second just moments later and in another move provided a killer pass to Messi, but goalkeeper Artur managed to keep the ball out.

Benfica try

But Barça didn’t have everything their way. Especially after conceding the opening goal, Benfica upped the ante and pressed hard in search of an equaliser. And they might have got it had Valdés not been in such inspired form. As the half drew to an end, the visitor’s started surrendering more possession than they are used to doing, and could almost count themselves fortunate to have managed to hold onto their lead.

Game over

In the second half, Barça were back to their usual selves, and imposed their game on their Portuguese hosts. In one of the best 45 minutes of the season, they controlled the ball and the pace, and created chance after chance. The second goal was almost inevitable, and finally came when Messi picked out Cesc coming in from behind, and the captain blasted a powerful left-footed drive past Artur. Barça thoroughly deserved the 2-0 lead, and the remainder of the game was a mere matter of running down the clock.

Puyol injured

With the win as good as settled, Tito Vilanova sent on Iniesta for his first run-out since getting injured. But just as one man returned, another one was lost. Carles Puyol, while jumping to meet a corner in the opposing area, tumbled awkwardly and twisted his elbow nastily. It was rotten luck for the captain, who has only just returned to action following another injury. And there was more bad news when Busquets was shown red with minutes left to play, an extraordinary situation considering that it was the Benfica players who had been incessantly committing fouls all night.

Spanish League Round Up Week 6

Atlético Madrid - FCB / PHOTO: ARCHIVE -FCB
There were goals galore this weekend in La Liga, with Valladolid hammering home six, Real Madrid putting five past Deportivo and Málaga and Osasuna both scoring four

One goal proves enough for Atlético

On a goal packed weekend, Atlético Madrid, who had been the competition’s top scorers, only managed one – from Raul Garcia- but that was enough to keep them second, two points behind Barça, as well as keeping their hosts Espanyol firmly anchored to the bottom spot, with just one point.  Málaga are a further two points adrift after thrashing Betis 4-0 on Saturday night, whilst Mallorca’s 1-0 defeat at Getafe on Monday means that despite losing to Barça, Seville creep into fourth place having scored one more goal than the Islanders.

Ronaldo hat trick

Real Madrid warmed up for the Nou Camp, with a comfortable 5-1 win over Deportivo, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice from the spot for his hat trick to leave them sixth, eight points behind Barça. Di Maria and Pepe got the other two goals after Riki had opened the scoring for the visitors. A point behind Madrid are Valladolid, who knocked six past Rayo on Sunday. Rayo actually took the lead early on, but two Djukic’s team had scored four by the break and went on to record the highest score of the season so far.

Real Sociedad take Basque derby win

Real Sociedad are level on points with Valladolid after winning the Basque derby 2-0 against Bilbao with goals from Griezmann and Vela, whilst Bilbao’s pain was worsened by the red card shown to Amorebieta. Sitting down in the relegation spots, Bilbao face another Basque derby against Osasuna next week, followed by a trip to Valencia. Osasuna got their first win in style with a 4-0 win over Llevant, with three goals in the last 10 minutes and are second from bottom, a point behind Bilbao. Granada lifted themselves out of the drop zone with a 2-1 win over Celta, after the Galicians dominated the game only to be denied by a stellar performance from Granada keeper Toño to follow up his great performance at the Camp Nou last week.