Lionel Messi & Alexis Sanchez

Lionel Andrés Messi (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine footballer who plays in La Liga for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a forward. Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez (born 19 December 1988), is a Chilean footballer who plays as a forward for FC Barcelona and for the Chilean national team. 5.0/5

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Alexis Sanchez, the Giant Slayer. With him, Chile destroys any opposition, be it Lionel Messi's Argentina or Luis Suarez's…
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Alexis Sanchez: "Lionel Messi is the best player in the world."
Playing soccer with a star is detrimental to one's visibility. I mean look at the talent that was hidden under Lionel Messi's shadow @ Barcelona. I'm talking about Alexis Sanchez the main man @ Arsenal currently
Guardian Barca’s £172m ‘guide price’ on Messi Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:45 Written by EDITOR Category: Abroad LIONEL Messi would cost a whopping £172m should any of Barcelona’s rivals want to take him away this month, according to research into the current market values of the world’s leading players. The Argentine star comfortably tops a CIES Football Observatory countdown of football’s most valuable players and is worth £68m more than his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The totals serve as a ‘guide price’ for the January transfer window, using a calculation that takes into account player performance, age, contract and the results of their team. The top 10 features six Premier League players - Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal. But it finds Messi far and away the most expensive player in Europe at the moment. Ronaldo, the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or for the wo ...
Reports: Manchester United will have to wait until next summer to sign Pedro By Graham CorkingPosted on December 29, 2014 Advertisement According to reports in Spain, Barcelona’s Pedro is set to move to Manchester United next summer despite Louis Van Gaal looking to sign the 27-year-old keen on him now. Pedro had also been linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, but Wenger plumed to sign Alexis Sanchez while Van Gaal moved for Angel Di Maria. Reports: Arsenal tried to sign Pedro during the summer The reports suggest that Pedro is looking for a move to secure first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 where the winger is hoping to have a starting place in Vincente del Bosque’s Spain squad. Pedro has completed just two games for Barcelona this season with seven of his appearances coming from the bench as Luis Enrique looks to find room for Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar. Van Gaal will fancy his chances of making a big money move to Old Trafford next summer and the Dutchman looks to return to Pre ...
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has outscored Lionel Messi, Neymar, Karim Benzema and everybody else to achieve the highest goal scoring tally for 2014. The Portuguese star has found the net 56 times for Real Madrid and 5 times for Portugal in 2014, to achieve a combined total of 61 goals for the calendar year. Messi, meanwhile has scored 58 times for Barcelona and Argentina, while Karim Benzema, in third place, has scored 36 times for club and country this year. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (33), Neymar (33), Alexis Sanchez (31), Thomas Muller (31), Mario Mandzukic (31), Alexandre Lacazette (30) and Sergio Aguero (29) make up the rest of the top 10. Ronaldo has also scored the most goals at club level, followed by Messi, Ibrahimovic, Lacazette and Benzema. At international level, Neymar (15) has scored more for his country than anybody else, followed by Thomas Muller and Lionel Messi. The full list for goals scored in 2014 is as follows: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal): 61 goals Lionel Messi (Barcelon ...
Brendan Rodgers compared Raheem Sterling to Alexis Sanchez.is like Adnan Januzaj is better than Lionel Messi.
The top 50 footballers in the world during 2014 [Norwegian football journal Josimar] 989 Share 0 ← Previous Story Next Story → Josimar is a Norwegian football journal, named after the former Brazil international. In their latest issue, they have asked esteemed football journalists to Tor-Kristian Karlsen, Gabriele Marcotti and Philippe Auclair to name their top 50 players in the world during 2014. The 50 have since been reproduced on Reddit, and are listed below. The top three will come as no surprise, with the Ballon d’Or trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi coming at the top of the list. Many of the rest are difficult to argue with. Perhaps the big bone of contention is that there is no Wayne Rooney, despite some fine displays from the Manchester United striker this season. Recent form also points to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and David De Gea coming higher in this list. 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) 3. Lionel Messi (Barcelon ...
Most goals and assists in 2014 for club and country:. 73: Lionel Messi. 71: Cristiano Ronaldo. 52: Karim Benzema. 49: Ale…
Lionel Messi: "Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players I have ever played with. He is a great signing for Arsenal." …
Lionel Messi: "I told Alexis Sanchez to join Arsenal because Liverpool is TOO small for him"
Via:- Liverpool F.C Nigeria Supporters Liverpool negotiating £80m sale for Barcelona target Luis Suarez Luis Suarez'S move to Barcelona has taken a significant step forward after a day of “productive” negotiations between Liverpool and the Spanish giants established a deal can be brokered for the striker. Barcelona accepted Liverpool will not sell the Uruguay international on the cheap despite his four month worldwide ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup but remain intent on signing Suarez. Further discussions will now continue but an agreement on a transfer worth somewhere between £70m-£80m is edging closer following yesterday’s top level talks in London. There are now two ways in which an accord will be reached over Suarez’s departure. Liverpool want Alexis Sanchez to be included as a makeweight and hope to persuade the Chile attacker to move to Anfield. But if he rejects the interest there is scope for a straight cash deal to be hammered out, the payment terms and conditions of ...
MAVHARIVHARI (Rumours) & INTERNATIONAL UPDATES • The 2014 World Cup is made for Wayne Rooney, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who thinks England could win the trophy if they survive a difficult group. • Wayne Rooney has scored one goal in eight World Cup appearances England manager Roy Hodgson could deploy Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in a number 10 role when his side face Italy in Manaus in their World Cup Opener on Saturday. • New Aston Villa and ex-England midfielder Joe Cole says Wayne Rooney will deliver match winning performances for the Three Lions at the World Cup. • England would be wise to move for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers or Everton's Roberto Martinez as successor to manager Roy Hodgson, according to Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp. • Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has identified Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez as a £20m transfer target. • Inter Milan are ready to test Manchester City's resolve to keep striker Stevan Jovetic, just a year after th ...
[football] direct news understands that Liverpool's opening offer for Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has proved 'not enough'. Alexis Sanchez ended the season with Barcelona in superb form, having finished second only to Lionel Messi in terms of goals scored, netting 19 in 34 league games. Italian side Juventus have been strongly linked but it is understood that a bid of £13m was rejected by Barca on the weekend. Barca officials are keen to sell the Chilean winger but only for a substantial fee, yet they have also rejected Liverpool's opening offer of £23m, which was submitted earlier this month. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is understood to want Sanchez to link up in a front three with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge but would seemingly be unhappy to pay anymore than £25m.
El Clasico RECORD RONALDO VS MESSI SINCE 2009 12 GOALS 12 GOALS GAMES PLAYED 20 20 MINUTES PLAYED 1748 1830 MINS PER GOALS 145.7 152.5 ASSITS 1 8 SHOTS PER GAME 4.8 2.95 GAMES WON 5 9 WIN PERCENTAGE 25% 45% The Clasico is back. Real Madrid and Barcelona battle it out once again in the famous fixture on Sunday, this time with La Liga at stake and, as usual, their hopes rest respectively upon the shoulders of the world's two finest footballers: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Cristiano and Leo meet for the 21st time in a Clasico clash since the Portuguese moved to Madrid from Manchester United in 2009 for what promises to be another intriguing installment of the pair's compelling conflict. But which of the two has peformed better in their meetings over the past five seasons? There was little joy for Ronaldo in his first campaign in Spain. The Portuguese returned from injury to face Barcelona at Camp Nou in La Liga, but Manuel Pellegrini's side lost out to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley in a tight encounter ...
It's almost a given that Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Sergio Busquets start. The question is, will Cesc Fabregas start as well? And if so, who will be the other forward besides Lionel Messi - Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, or Pedro?
Lionel Messi and Alexis Sánchez have both scored 17 goals in La Liga this season.
FACT: Barcelona have won all three league games with Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Neymar starting so far.
Mar 17, 2014 12:22:00 PM The Portugal international and the Premier League star both enjoyed a fruitful weekend, while Lionel Messi got his name in the mix with a history making hat-trick Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool's Luis Suarez continue to lead the way in the race for the European Golden Shoe, but Lionel Messi 's fine form for Barcelona in recent weeks has seen last year's winner storm into the top 10. Ronaldo netted once at the weekend to help Madrid to a vital 1-0 win over Malaga, while Suarez also took his tally to 25 following his goal in Liverpool's victory against Manchester United. Meanwhile, third-placed Diego Costa got the winner in Atletico Madrid's win over Espanyol to keep up his fine goalscoring run as well. PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Red Bull Salzburg hitman Jonatan Soriano both netted a double, but the winner of the week was Messi following his hat-trick in Barca's 7-0 win over Osasuna. Finally, Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona forward Alexis ...
Real looking to snuff out Barca bid 20 Mar 2014 14:05:23 The 168th La Liga "Clasico" between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years. Leaders Real host their arch rivals at the Bernabeu on Sunday (2000 GMT) in one of soccer's most emotive occasions, featuring a clash of the world's two richest clubs, the two best players - Real's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca's Lionel Messi - and watched by hundreds of millions around the world. Real, on 70 points with 10 games left, are in much the better shape going into the match and have put together an unbeaten run of 31 matches in all competitions since they lost 2-1 at Barca in La Liga at the end of October. Barca, four points behind Real in third and a point adrift of surprise packages Atletico Madrid in second, slipped to surprise recent defeats at Real Valladolid and Real Sociedad and badly need a win to reigni ...
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. After a slow start, the hosts were sparked into life by Messi's opening goal as he flicked home at the near post from Alexis Sanchez's cross. Sanchez was next on the scoresheet as he finished off a similar move involving Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba before Iniesta's wonderful strike from 25 yards made it 3-0. Messi then broke another record by registering his 370th Barca goal to overtake Paulinho Alcantara as the club's record marksman before rounding off his hat-trick in between further strikes from Cristian Tello and Pedro Rodriguez. Barca boss Gerardo Martino had left Cesc Fabregas and Neymar on the bench after their exertions in the 2-1 win over Manchester City in midweek with Sanchez and Pedro recalled to the starting line-up. Amazingly, the Catalans had to withstand a bright opening fro ...
Lionel Messi's hat-trick helped Barcelona sweep aside Osasuna to close the gap on Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish title race. Argentina star Messi glanced in at the near post, before Alexis Sanchez tucked in Jordi Alba's low centre. Andres Iniesta's stinging 25-yarder put Barca in complete command at the break. Two more Messi goals, along with late strikes from Cristian Tello and Pedro, saw Barca warm up for next Sunday's El Clasico against Real with an easy win.
NEWS: Record-Breaker, Messi Stars in Barca Victory Barcelona returned to winning ways in La Liga with a 7-0 demolition of Osasuna at Camp Nou on Sunday. Gerardo Martino's men had bounced back from last weekend's shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a UEFA Champions League win over Manchester City on Wednesday. And the reigning Spanish champions also put their league assault back on track with Lionel Messi the central figure in a comprehensive win. The Argentinian's hat-trick saw him move ahead of Paulino Alcantara to become Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer, with the latter's record of 369 having included goals in friendlies. Alexis Sanchez, Andres Iniesta, Cristian Tello and Pedro were also on target as Barca moved back to within four points of leaders Real Madrid ahead of next weekend's Clasico at the Bernabeu.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Lionel Messi scored twice, passing Alfredo Di Stefano on the La Liga career scoring list and tying Raul Gonzalez for third as he led Barcelona over Rayo Vallecano 6-0 on Saturday night. Messi's 228 league goals are one more than di Stefano, and the 26-year-old trails only Telmo Zarra (251) and Hugo Sanchez (234). His sixth two-goal game this season raised his goals total to 24, including 13 in the league. Adriano put Barcelona ahead in the second minute, Messi scored on a chip in the 36th and assisted Alexis Sanchez's goal in the 53rd. Pedro Rodriguez scored three minutes later and Messi got his second goal in the 68th. Neymar entered in the 62nd in his first appearance since an ankle injury on Jan. 12 and scored in the 89th. Barcelona (19-2-3) leads the league on goal difference over Atletico Madrid (19-2-3), which ended a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Valladolid. Raul Garcia scored and set up Diego Costa's 21st league goal of the season. Real Madrid (18-2-3) ...
8 - Of all La Liga players, Lionel Messi is the top-scorer in all competitions in 2014 alongside Alexis Sanchez. Energetic.
Messi's pride restored, says Martino (AFP) Monday 10 February 2014 Share Messi's pride restored, says Martino © Getty Images Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said Lionel Messi had answered his critics in the best way possible as the Argentine scored his first two goals from open play in 10 league games as the Catalan giants won 4-1 at Sevilla on Sunday. Sevilla had gone ahead early on under the torrential rain at the Sanchez Pizjuan, but Messi led his side's revival as he firstly crossed for Alexis Sanchez to bundle home the equaliser before finishing off a fine counter-attack with a stunning half-volley just before half-time. The four-time FIFA World Player of the Year doubled his tally for the evening with another sweet finish from Andres Iniesta's pass 11 minutes after the break and Cesc Fabregas rounded off the scoring three minutes from time. Messi had been questioned for his poor goalscoring form since returning from a hamstring injury at the start of the year, but Martino insisted it was only a mat ...
Ten-man Barcelona suffered their first home defeat of the season as Jordi Alba was sent off in a 3-2 loss to Valencia. Few would have predicted the outcome when Alexis Sanchez gave Barca the lead in the seventh minute, but Gerardo Martino's faltering side released their early grip on the game and went behind to goals from Dani Parejo and Pablo Piatti either side of half-time. Lionel Messi responded quickly by equalising from the penalty spot, but Paco Alcacer scored the visitors' third goal on 59 minutes and this time Barcelona had no answer. The Catalans remained top of the Primera Division on goal difference, but this defeat handed the initiative to the two Madrid clubs in the race for the title. Real and Atletico will both go ahead of Barca should they win their games on Sunday. The Camp Nou paid tribute to the former Barcelona boss Luis Aragones, who died aged 75, before the game and the hosts made a strong start. It was not long before they went ahead, Sanchez sending a low cross from Messi over the ...
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Sergio Busquets admitted that Barcelona's 3-2 defeat against Valencia could hand the initiative to Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid on Sunday. The Catalans took the lead through Alexis Sanchez but goals from Dani Parejo, Pablo Piatti and Paco Alcacer ended a run of 25 straight league wins at Camp Nou for Barca, who earned a consolation through a Lionel Messi penalty shortly before Jordi Alba was sent off.
Barcelona suffered a first home defeat of the season when they lost 3-2 against Valencia after finishing with 10 men in La Liga on Saturday, leaving the door open for Madrid rivals Atletico and Real to move above them. Barca remain top with 54 points, but Atletico Madrid, who trail on goal difference, can leapfrog them with at least a draw at home to Real Sociedad, as can Real Madrid, who are a point behind, with a victory at Athletic Bilbao. It appeared to be service as normal when Alexis Sanchez put Barcelona ahead early on but strikes either side of halftime by Daniel Parejo and Pablo Piatti put Valencia in the driving seat. Lionel Messi equalised with a penalty after 54 minutes but the hosts were caught out again on the counter and Francisco Alcacer put the visitors back in front. Barcelona continued to struggle at the back and Jordi Alba was dismissed for a second yellow card with 12 minutes left. The result left the Catalans with one win from their last four league matches. La Liga: Barcelona v Vale ...
Barca stays top MADRID - Barcelona put a stressful week off the field after the resignation of club president Sandro Rosell behind them to move back to the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Malaga yesterday. With new president Josep Maria Bartomeu watching on from the directors' box, Gerard Pique swept home the opener from Xavi's corner five minutes before half-time. Pedro Rodriguez then made the game safe with a neat turn and finish from Lionel Messi's pass 10 minutes after the restart. Alexis Sanchez slotted home the third moments later from Pedro's cross for his 12th goal of the season. However, it was to be another frustrating evening for Messi in front of goal as his La Liga goal drought stretched to eight games. Atletico Madrid remain level on 54 points with the Catalans after a 4-2 victory at Rayo Vallecano earlier yeasterday with both sides a point ahead of third-placed Real Madrid. Atletico kept up the pressure on Barca with a comfortable win of their own at struggling Rayo. David Villa put the ...
consider these players may be able to sharpen the Manchester City squad . the talented young players 1 . Timo Horn ( 19 years ) FC Koln Germany has a lot of talented young goalkeeper , one of which is quite prominent is Timo Horn . FC Koln player 's got a bright future , fast , alert and able to read the game . He entered the German U- 21 national team and become the team's next option Panzer . Soon, it is quite possible he would buy a big club from England or Spain . 2 . Gerrard Deulofeu ( 19 years ) Barcelona He was one dropout La Masia ( Barcelona its SSB ) , now have started staying to the first team with Lionel Messi and his friends . Moreover, Alexis Sanchez will leave the end of this season , it makes getting the door open . Great in Barcelona football philosophy , Deulofeo going to be a star in the next three years. 3 . Lucas Piazon ( 19 ) Chelsea - Loaned to Malaga Many say he is ' The New Kaka ' , good posture and style of the game . However Piazon is considered more aggressive up front . His ab ...
Lionel Messi and Neymar are ready to return for Barcelona against Getafe in the King's Cup on Wednesday but coach Gerardo Martino has a selection headache with the fine form of Pedro and Alexis Sanchez.
Latest Football News & Transfer Gossips :- - Wayne Rooney is ready to extend his contract at Manchester United - now Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer his boss. - Man United are readying a bid for the 'mini Messi' Ryan Gauld - who has also been watched by Real Madrid. - Manchester City are ready for an audacious big-money swoop for Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos, after his contract talks break down - Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign Barcelona and Chile star Alexis Sanchez not just once, but TWICE. - Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has admitted he is yet to agree a new deal with the French champions, putting Manchester City and Chelsea on alert. - Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner is desperate to seal a move away from the Emirates in January - and is prepared to take a significant pay cut to do so. - Lionel Messi could seal an unlikely move to Manchester City next summer after reportedly becoming unhappy at being pressured to play for Barcelona when not fully fit. - Re ...
England were shocked at Wembley as the 1966 World Cup champions went down 2-0 to Chile. Three players – Fraser Forster, Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana – were handed their international debuts by Roy Hodgson, but it was the Chileans who were dominant on the night. Alexis Sanchez scored in the 7th minute with a well-cushioned header and then added a second, with a delightful chip, at the death to hand the South Americans a famous win over The Three Lions. Meanwhile at the San Siro, Italy and Germany drew 1-1 as two firts half goals from defenders Mats Hummels and Ignazio Abate settled the game between the two footballing giants. Italy have been quite the bogey team for the Germans over the last two decades. Die Mannschaft haven’t beaten the Azzurri in an international game since 1995. In the absence of captain Lionel Messi, Argentina played out a dull goalless draw at home against Ecuador. The two dark horses for next year’s World Cup Belgium and Colombia faced off at the King Baudouin Stadium in Br ...
Andres Iniesta has revealed he will sign a new contract with Barcelona in the near future after helping his side to a 2-1 win over Real Madrid on Saturday. The midfielder was influential as the Blaugrana ensured Gerardo Martino's first Clasico ended in victory, thanks to Neymar's first half strike and a stunning second half chip from Alexis Sanchez. Speculation prior to the game had suggested Iniesta could follow goalkeeper Victor Valdes out of Camp Nou at the end of the campaign, with his current deal set to expire in 2015, but the 29-year-old has no interest in a departure. He told reporters after the game: “I’m very happy here, and I want to stay. I’ll renew my contract soon.” Recent clashes between Madrid and Barca have been dominated by the influence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. But with Neymar and Gareth Bale making their first Clasico bows, the stage was set for two new stars to make their mark on arguably the biggest game in club football. In the end, while Bale was withdrawn on ...
Barcelona 2-1 Real Madrid: Rampant Neymar outshines Bale The Brazil star opened the scoring at Camp Nou as he upstaged the world's most expensive player, who was withdrawn from the action midway through the second half Oct 26, 2013 6:50:00 PM Neymar Clasico Barcelona Real Madrid 26102013Goals from Neymar and Alexis Sanchez saw Gerardo Martino win his first Clasico in charge of Barcelona as they ran out 2-1 winners over Real Madrid on Saturday evening. Jese Rodriguez scored a late consolation forlos Blancos, but the damage had already been done following the Brazilian's close range effort in the first half and Sanchez's moment of brilliance in the second. The win moves Barcelona four points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, and six ahead of their opponents. Lionel Messi returned for Martino’s side for his first start in the league for four weeks following a thigh injury, with the hosts also boosted by the return of Javier Mascherano and Daniel Alves. Madrid gave Gareth Bale his first Clasic ...
Great News! Looking for a Larsson - Klose, Lewandowski & the strikers who could move to Barcelona in January. For the first season in memory, Barcelona do not have a recognised centre-forward in their first-team squad. Even though Lionel Messi has largely been used in the 'false nine' role in recent seasons, the Catalans could count on David Villa as an alternative, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto'o in previous seasons. Barca boast excellent options among their fantastic forwards, of course, with Cesc Fabregas, Neymar and even Alexis Sanchez suited to a central role in addition to Messi. None of them, however, are out- and-out strikers - and coach Gerardo Martino is keen to boost his front line by bringing in a recognised centre-forward. There is one condition, though: the player who comes in must be prepared to bide his time on the bench and wait for opportunities, much like Henrik Larsson did during his time at Camp Nou between 2004 and 2006. Barca hope to identify a 'new Larsson' - a playe ...
Why Barcelona are favourites to win the Champions League Another season has begun in similar fashion for Barcelona as records tumble and they head the table undefeated after 8 games. They’ve won a trophy already and look set to dominate Spain for another year. A football novice could have predicted Barcelona’s near identical start to last season when they won 7 successive games with a new coach as they are once again among the favourites for the Champions League. Despite losing in the semi-finals for the past two seasons, Barcelona have the quality to ensure they step up to collect the trophy for the fourth time in eight years. In some ways they are a stronger force than last season, most notably with the signing of Neymar, but also with Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas’ rise in form. There are plenty of reasons to assume that Barcelona can go all the way this season but some potential problems are easy to forecast. Lionel Messi has struggled with injury during 2013 which is an alarming sign for Bar ...
Barcelona 4 - 1 Real Sociedad The result means that Gerardo Martinos start to life at the Catalan club has been the best beginning to a new managers reign in Barcelona history, with 6 wins from a possible 6 and a plus 17 goal difference. Neymar opened the scoring 5 minutes in against Sociedad as he capitalised on poor defending to tap home Alexis Sanchez's low cross and net his 1st La Liga goal, while Lionel Messi doubled the advantage a few moments later with a diving header. Sergio Busquets made it 3-0 before 30 minutes had been played, firing a half volley into the bottom of the net from outside of the area. Alberto De La Bella pulled 1 back as he knocked Imanol Agirretxes poked cross into an empty net, but Marc Barta restored the 3 goal lead 13 minutes from time as he diverted Messi's low delivery past Bravo. Atletico Madrid 2 - 1 Osasuna Atletico Madrid also racked up their 6th league win of the campaign as they defeated Osasuna 2-1 at Vicente Calderon. Diego Costa has been the star for them so far t ...
Neymar, what a player to watch, can't wait to see his combination next season with Lionel Messi
Barcelona Prepare £17m Plus Player Swap Bid For Chelsea Playmaker Juan Mata Catalan giants plotting ambitious move for Chelsea attacker. La Liga champions Barcelona could make a shock move to try and sign Juan Mata from Chelsea, according to El Economista. Mata, formerly of Spanish side Valencia, has been a superb signing for Chelsea since he joined the club for £23.5million in 2011, and has shown he would fit Barcelona’s style of play perfectly. The 25-year-old can operate either as a winger, or as a deep-lying central midfield playmaker, and is very much in the Xavi and Andres Iniesta mould, though arguably with more of an end product, scoring 20 goals and providing a phenomenal 35 assists for the Blues this season. With Barcelona undergoing a summer clear-out this year, a number of under-performer­s such as Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas could leave, making space in the team for Mata, whom the Catalans feel would combine perfectly with Lionel Messi. To take Mata they must give us _. BROWN
Played April 6, 2013 8:00 PM UTC Barcelona 5 - 0 Mallorca Camp Nou — Barcelona | Attendance: 65127 Referee: César Muñiz Play by Play Barcelona 5-0 Mallorca: Masterclass from Fabregas as Blaugrana blow Manzano’s men away The 25-year-old compensated for Lionel Messi's absence with a scintillating display that saw him score a magnificent hat-trick and play a key role in Alexis Sanchez's double By Tom Webber Apr 6, 2013 9:50:00 PM Barcelona were in indomitable form as they brushed aside a lacklustre Mallorca side to earn a resounding 5-0 win at Camp Nou. The Catalan giants were irrepressible with both Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez putting in first-rate performances. The pair combined magnificently to end the first half with two goals and two assists each, before the former Arsenal man - operating as a false nine in the absence of Lionel Messi - completed his hat- trick soon after the restart. Barca's superiority was clear from the off as they dominated possession with Iniesta performing brilliantly i ...
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Sanchez: "We're ready for Milan challenge." Alexis Sanchez is gearing himself up for the fight as Barcelona attempt to overhaul AC Milan's 2-0 aggregate lead in the Champions League last 16. Barca go into the fixture after a 2-0 La Liga win over Deportivo La Coruna, a game in which Sanchez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi added a late second, but the Chile international acknowledged Tuesday's tie will be a very different proposition. "We had to win, it was important," the former Udinese forward told journalists after the game. "We also have to win on Tuesday against Milan. Defeats in these matches leave a mark, but on Tuesday there is a battle we must win one way or another." Barcelona face a daunting task as they attempt to overcome Milan and continue their pursuit of a fifth European crown, but midfielder Thiago Alcantara insists the squad is full of belief. "We’re playing for our lives in the Champions League, the most important title there is," the 21-year-old told Mundo Deportivo. "We'll try ...
Vilanova, Neymar and where it's all going wrong... Barca president Rosell holds crunch board meeting By Charlie Skillen PUBLISHED: 09:52 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 GMT, 4 March 2013 Barcelona president Sandro Rosell faces a meeting with his board today over the future of the Catalan giants. Despite running away with La Liga, sitting 11 points clear of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid, recent results have seen this meeting take on extra importance. Barca face an uphill battle to continue their progress in the Champions League when they host AC Milan next week, 2-0 down from the first leg at the San Siro. Crisis? Barcelona players, including Lionel Messi (left), Andres Iniesta (centre) and Alexis Sanchez look dejected at Saturday's 2-1 loss to El Clasico rivals Real Madrid Two defeats in El Clasico matches against Real Madrid in their last two outings have not helped matters. Saturday’s 2-1 league defeat by Madrid came just four days after the 3-1 loss, Jose Mourinho’s side putting them out o ...
Anfield side hopeful of signing Nou Camp forward. Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez according to talkSPORT. The Anfield boss hopes his close ties to the Catalan club will help in his pursuit of a player who has failed to make a significant impact since his move to Barcelona 18 months ago. Rodgers spent time studying Barcelona’s training methods and the club’s infrastructure and hopes his connections with the La Liga giants could give him a good shot at luring the 24 year old to Merseyside, with Juventus also said to be keen on the Chilean attacker. Sanchez had a decent first term at Barcelona but has managed just one La Liga goal this season and could be offloaded to make way for new talent to help support Lionel Messi in the Barcelona attack. Alexis Sanchez cost Barcelona £33m when they brought the Udinese man to the club in July 2011 and though he managed 15 goals in his first season he has failed to make a consistent impact and has thus been ...
Juventus join Liverpool in Sanchez chase - Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez is being chased by Italian champions Juventus. The Barcelona forward has made 17 league appearances in Spain this season - but only nine of those have been starts. The 24-year-old has scored just one La Liga goal, making him Barca's least prolific forward behind Lionel Messi, David Villa, Tello and Pedro, and could now be on his way out of the Nou Camp.
Christian Tello has been far better then Alexis Sanchez in this second half, he provides an assist for Lionel Messi
Goal.com wrote: COPA DEL REY RESULT: Barcelona 5-0 Cordoba (7-0 agg) Two goals apiece for David Villa and Alexis Sanchez as the hosts cruise through to the next round at Camp Nou, all with newly-crowned Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi watching from the bench. Match Report: Player Ratings:
Barcelona romped into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with an effortless 5-0 victory over Cordoba at Camp Nou on Thursday. The Blaugrana were simply too good for their Segunda Division opponents, and progress by a 7-0 aggregate scoreline, setting up a date against Malaga in the last eight. Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring 17 minutes in, before a pair of strikes of the highest quality from David Villa put the dominant hosts out of sight by half-time. Alexis Sanchez would add two further goals in the second half, and Barca played out the rest of the match in complete control - without ever needing to call on Lionel Messi from the bench. Stand-in coach Jordi Roura looked to rest a few of his first-team regulars, with Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba joining Messi on the bench, as Villa was handed a start in attack. Barca needed only two minutes to register their first chance of the match, as Sanchez was denied from close range by Mikel Saizar, who had to be alert minutes later to parry a curler from ...
Here an article for you , have a look , and have your say below ! Manchester United probably won't move to sign a new striker this January - But perhaps they should...? There is nothing wrong with Manchester United's strikeforce, in fact they have scored more than any other Premier League side this season. But sometimes a player comes onto the market, that is irresistible and can make a team even better. Fans were originally reticent about signing Carlos Tevez in 2007 - arguing 'He's too similar to Wayne Rooney' - One season later they were Champions League winners. You can simply never have enough quality - And that brings us to Spain's all-time leading scorer David Villa. The Barcelona forward has been in and out of the side this season, with Alexis Sanchez preferred to partner Lionel Messi, and the club are willing to sell if they receive a big offer in the region of £20 million. It may seem on the face of it counter-intuitive for United to bring in another striker - But is anyone going to argue David ...
Santos head coach Muricy Ramalho is of the opinion that Neymar would be most suited moving to Barcelona, and he believes Lionel Messi and the 20-year-old would be spectacular together.but looking at some recent happenings at barcelona with the likes of Bojan Krkić, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and to some extent Samuel Eto'o all pushed out becasue of Lionel Messi's huge shadow over them and Now David Villa and Alexis Sanchez all struggling to make an impact in the Barca team. Would you add your voice to Ramalhos' that Neymar should play for Barcelona, If not, which other club will best suit his style of Play in Europe. Do you see him succeeding playing alongside Lionel Messi?.Drop your comments here
Valladolid 1-3 Barcelona: Blaugrana battle past plucky Pucela Despite the absence of coach Tito Vilanova, the Catalan giants ensured they headed into the winter break without tasting defeat so far this season despite a late scare Lionel Messi Barcelona made it 16 wins from 17 Liga games this season as they survived a late comeback from Valladolid to come out on top 3-1 at the Jose Zorilla stadium. With Tito Vilanova recovering from surgery, Jordi Roura took charge of first team affairs for the Catalan giants and there was little chance of an upset as the visitors dominated throughout. Xavi opened the scoring in the first half before yet another goal for Lionel Messi on the hour mark. Javi Guerra set up a tense ending with a late strike but Cristian Tello secured all three points with a stoppage-time strike. Roura's temporary reign at the Barca helm almost got off to the perfect start as Dani Alves centred the ball after a great through-ball from Messi. Alexis Sanchez was in plenty of space in the area but ...
Could this be a realistic signing for us? David Villa: Barcelona to Liverpool The former Valencia forward arrived with a fanfare after scoring goals for fun at the Mestalla and with the Spanish national team, however a lengthy injury and some fairly average form have seen David Villa relegated to something of a bit part player at Barcelona. More often than not the likes of Pedro, Alexis Sanchez and even youngster Cristian Tello are used as alternatives to help support Lionel Messi. Villa has started just six La Liga matches this season and has been subbed on each occasion but has still managed to net five goals, thus proving he is still able to finish off a move well enough. Liverpool could well do with an attacking addition and though clearly a move for the experienced forward wouldn’t adhere to the club’s youthful transfer policy the Merseyside club would have no issue making an exception for such an accomplished player. AS believe this is a deal that could happen in January and it’s certainly wit ...
Barcelona are interested in a surprise deal for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, fanatix has learnt. Officials from the La Liga giants are understood to have spoken to United about the possibility of signing the Mexican in January – with the Red Devils not interesting in entertaining offers. Even so, Barca are ready to test United’s resolve with a £15m bid for the 24-year-old, who is considered the perfect replacement for ageing Spaniard David Villa. SOURCE: Fanatix This is very interesting indeed. Barcelona rely heavily on Lionel Messi for an end product, this is hardly news clearly. However the Catalan side would have hoped that the likes of David Villa, Alexis Sanchez and Pedro could help out and prevent the Argentine shouldering the goal-scoring burden pretty much single- handedly, but as yet that is not the case. As such Tito Vilanova could well do with a proven goal-scorer who can help convert the plethora of chances that are created by Xavi, Iniesta and co. Perhaps Javier Hernandez ...
Liverpool Persist in Fight for Barcelona Striker - Report By IBTimes Staff Reporte: Subscribe to IBTimes's RSS feed December 14, 2012 9:03 AM GMT Liverpool are considering a transfer for Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona, according to the Express. The 23 year old winger joined the Catalan giants in 2011, from Italian club Udinese, but injuries have robbed him of regular first team appearances. And with the form players like Lionel Messi, Pedro and Andres Iniesta are in, it is difficult to see Sanchez as anything more than a squad player at the Nou Camp. Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers loaned England international Andy Carroll to West Ham United in the summer and summer signing Fabio Borini of Italy has missed the season so far with an injury. This has left only Uruguayan international Luis Suarez as the club's senior striker. The South American has responded to the challenge, with 10 Premier League goals in 15 games. However, the former Ajax striker does need support and competition to maintai ...
SOCCER NEWS Denver on verge of Wits move HARARE - Dynamos midfield wizard Denver Mukamba is reportedly close to signing for South African side Bidvest Wits after it emerged the Glamour Boys talisman impressed during trials. * Starttrack faces Dynamos in finals STARTRACK Freight Under-20 soccer tournament defending champions, Startrack, take on Dynamos in the final at Gwanzura on Sunday bullish that they can upset the giants. * MESSI KEEP ON SCORING MADRID — Lionel Messi extended his record for goals scored in a year on Wednesday night as the Argentinian maestro scored both Barcelona’s goals in their 2-0 win away at Cordoba in their Spanish Cup Last 16 first leg clash. The 25-year-old three-time Ballon D’Or winner struck in the 11th minute, after being set up by David Villa, and then in the 74th when he ran onto an Alexis Sanchez pass to score to give the holders a handy advantage to take back to the Camp Nou for the second leg in January. The brace took him to 88 for the year, three more than German ...
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Liverpool are involved in a tussle in their attempt to bring Barca's Alexis Sanchez to Anfield in January. The Reds have had Sanchez on their radar for a while and are keen to bolster their firepower. Manager Brendan Rodgers is worried Liverpool have become over-reliant on Luis Suarez, who is already into double figures for the campaign. And in allowing Andy Carroll to be loaned out to West Ham in the summer, Suarez is their only recognised striker. AS have it that Juventus have sounded out a January move for the former Udinese forward. Sanchez has struggled for consistency at the Camp Nou this season. Playing time has been restricted with coach Tito Vilanova deploying predominantly Lionel Messi up top without a strike partner. In total, Sanchez has scored just once this season and that came in Barca's 2-0 away win against Benfica in the Champions League group stages SeanLFC4LIFE
A review of all the week's major talking points, including a look at Lionel Messi after he surpassed Pele's 75-goal haul of 1958 and Alexis Sanchez' future at the club
TEAM NEWS: Villa and Tello partner Messi upfront as Barcelona head to Mallorca The Spain international and Masia graduate start in attack for the Blaugrana, as the club look to put their disappointing midweek Champions League defeat to Celtic behind them By Charlie Scott Nov 11, 2012 4:10:00 PM Tito Vilanova makes five changes to the side that lost during the week for Barcelona's trip to Mallorca, with David Villa and Cristian Tello chosen to play with Lionel Messi in a front three for the Catalan giants. Villa and Tello replace Pedro and Alexis Sanchez, while Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets also return to Barcelona's starting XI as Marc Bartra and Alex Song are dropped to the bench. Pique makes his first start in eight weeks after being injured during the club's Champions League match against Spartak Moscow in September. Cesc Fabregas is included in a midfield three alongside Xavi and Busquets, as Andres Iniesta is named as a substitute for tonight's game. Joaquin Caparros makes one change from his side ...
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova looks set to rest Lionel Messi for Saturday evening's La Liga trip to Deportivo La Coruna. Messi, who played and scored in both of Argentina's World Cup qualifying wins over Uruguay and Chile in the last week, returned to training along with fellow late arrivals Javier Mascherano, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Song, at the Camp Nou on Thursday evening. Vilanova looks likely to shuffle his pack for the game at El Riazor, with Celtic to come in the Champions League on Tuesday. After the last international break Tito left a jet-lagged Messi on the bench for Barca's game at Getafe, with the Argentine playing just the last 30 minutes but still scoring twice in a 4-1 win
Lionel Messi was Barcelona's goal maker and Robin Van Persie was Manchester United's goal taker as the star forwards shone in Champions League victories Tuesday. Messi created chances for Alexis Sanchez to score in the sixth minute and Cesc Fabregas in the 55th for a 2-0 win away to Benfica. Barcelona's comfortable night was tarnished late on as the four-time champion lost captain Carles Puyol who dislocated his left elbow after landing awkwardly. Midfielder Sergio Busquets was then shown a straight red card for lunging into challenges too aggressively. Van Persie scored with a fortunate finish in the 29th and a classy shot in the 49th, helping Man United come from behind to beat CFR Cluj 2-1 in Romania. "Wayne (Rooney) gave me the good pass, so I have to thank him," Van Persie said of his teammate's vision to create the winning goal. "Not many players can give a pass like that." This is the word from RVP.
Eduardo Salvio gets his shot on target but fails to score for Benfica Lisbon. 28' FC Barcelona's Pedro has been booked in Lisbon. 26' FC Barcelona have been awarded a corner by Cuneyt Cakir. Xavi steps up to take it. 24' FC Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez breaks free at Estadio da Luz. But the strike goes wide of the post. 22' Corner awarded to FC Barcelona. 22' Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona smashes in a shot on target. The keeper saves, though. 19' Cesc Fabregas (FC Barcelona) has been booked and must now be careful not to get a second yellow card. 17' Benfica Lisbon are coming forward and Nicolas Gaitan gets in a strike, it misses the target, however. 11' Lima for Benfica Lisbon drives towards goal at Estadio da Luz. But the finish is unsuccessful. 11' Cuneyt Cakir has awarded Benfica Lisbon a corner. Enzo Perez takes the kick from the left . 11' Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona is pulled up for offside. 9' In Lisbon Bruno Cesar for Benfica Lisbon takes a corner from the right-hand flag. 6' Gr ...
9′ - Sevilla lose the ball in midfield to Busquets, and Barcelona have a hold of the ball once more in the centre of the park. Xavi picks Alexis Sanchez out with an exquisite lofted pass, but the linesman on the near side spares Spahic's blushes by flagging the attacker offside. 7′ - A timely interception from Alex Song on the edge of his own box stops Jesus Navas from racing into the penalty area as Sevilla threaten for the first time in this match. 6′ - SPAHIC NUTMEGS MESSI!! Honestly that isn't supposed to be the other way round! The Sevilla centre-back shows some silky footwork to flick the ball through the Argentine's legs and then pick the ball up on the other side. Nonchalant stuff! 5′ - Sevilla midfield enforcer Hedwiges Maduro catches Lionel Messi and Barca have a free-kick just inside the Sevilla half. They opt to pass it back to their defence and start from scratch though, rather than looking to play the ball forward. 4′ - Who would have thought it, Barca have got the ball down on the ...
Barcelona escaped from the Estadio El Sadar with a 2-1 victory over Osasuna in their La Liga encounter on Sunday. The Blaugrana were second best for much of the game and fell behind in the 17th minute to a goal from Joseba Llorente. Their woes continued in the second half as Osasuna kept them on the back foot, while coach Tito Vilanova was sent to the stands in the 73rd minute for protesting to the linesman. However, a controversial equaliser from Lionel Messi brought them back into the match moments later and Osasuna captain Patxi Punal was sent off for protesting the goal. The Argentine would pop up once again four minutes later to poke home the winner and give the Catalans a win that they scarcely deserved, after a spirited and purposeful performance from the home side. Vilanova rested Xavi from the start, with David Villa also taking his place on the bench as Cristian Tello and Alexis Sanchez started up front alongside Lionel Messi. Support WFP With sunlight beating down over Estadio El Sadar, Barcelo ...
Osasuna 1 Barcelona 2 Lionel Messi scored twice in the last 15 minutes as Barcelona survived a scare against ten-man Osasuna to continue their winning start to the new season. Osasuna beat Barcelona 3-2 in last season's corresponding fixture and the Catalan giants looked in danger of suffering another upset when Joseba Llorente volleyed the home side in front in the 17th minute. Striker Nino then had a great chance to double Osasuna's lead in the 70th minute, but he hit the post when clean through and 10 minutes later Barca were ahead and on their way to three points. Messi, as has often been the case, was the spark behind the comeback, and he drew the teams level in the 75th minute when he stabbed home Alexis Sanchez's pass to finish off a move he himself had started with a trademark darting run. Osasuna were aggrieved that goal was allowed to stand after Alexis had appeared to be offside when he received the ball earlier in the move, and the home side's veteran midfielder Patxi Punal was handed his marc ...
Lionel Messi: Alexis Sanchez will be an important player for Barcelona
Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona cruised to a 8-0 win over Raja Casablanca on Saturday in a pre-season friendly at the Grand Stade in Tangier.The Argentine sealed the milestone on the stroke of half-time, but they required Alexis Sanchez to open the scoring on the night, while Dani Alves and substitutes Sergi Gomez and Gerard Deulofeu also managed to join in on the goal rush.From the first whistle to the last, Barcelona were on top and seemed to not even break a sweat, as fans were treated to a free-flowing display of 'tiki-taka' football throughout the encounter, with the Liga side showcasing many of their newest Masia graduates.Inside 14 minutes, Alexis saw a strike deflect off of him and into the path of Alves, who drilled the ball back into the box, thus allowing the Chilean to get the ball rolling and set his side's stall for the remainder of the match.It then took Barca 20 minutes to make it 2-0 - this time Ibrahim Afellay threaded an inch-perfect ...
Charlie Mulgrew and Alexis Sanchez cut it for me along with Gary Hooper and Lionel Messi. And the rest of Celtic :P
lets argue it Lionel Messi fluffing a penalty, as he did in the semi-final, doesn't happen every day. A banner hung by Chelsea fans in the Allianz Arena - ''Who Do You Think You Are Kidding?'' - on Saturday night seemed to nicely encapsulate the unlikely journey that Chelsea's golden oldies made to get to Munich, recovering from a 3-1 first-leg defeat to down Napoli in the last 16 and beating Barcelona with 10 men after Terry's red card for kneeing forward Alexis Sanchez in the back.Barcelona, and now Bayern, failing to make their clear superiority count certainly felt like fortune favoured Chelsea.The statisticians would have been forgiven had they still been calculating the number of missed Bayern chances well into next week. Their figures - Bayern had 35 attempts on goal; Chelsea just nine - told the story of a lopsided game where one team attacked while the other defended.
Alexis Sanchez (Top) of FC Barcelona helps Lionel Messi during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano and FC Barcelona at Estadio Teresa Rivero on April 29, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.
All the goals from the match between Rayo Vallecano and FC BarcelonaGoals from:Lionel Messi (16,90)Alexis Sanchez (26)Seydou Keita (39)Pedro Rodríguez (47,87)Thiago Alcantara (77)ENJOY!
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John Terry issued an immediate apology to his Chelsea team-mates for the red card which left them facing a backs-to-the-wall battle against Barcelona. The Blues skipper was given his marching orders by referee Cuneyt Cakir in the first half of their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg for a blatant knee into the back of Alexis Sanchez. But despite their numerical disadvantage, the Stamford Bridge side hit back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Camp Nou and progress 3-2 on aggregate. Goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta either side of Terry's moment of madness put the Catalan club in control, only for Ramires to put the Blues back on top with a sublime chip shortly before half-time. Lionel Messi then fired a penalty against the bar early in the second half and later hit the base of the excellent Petr Cech's post, before substitute Fernando Torres sparked scenes of jubilation with a breakaway strike in added time. Terry, who will now miss the 19th May final through suspension, admitted after the ...
Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez all misfiring on golden opportunities in London,tonight??
AccuScore Computer Prediction: The computer is predicting a 3-1 win for Barcelona. If that scoreline is correct, Barcelona would advance into the final. Lionel Messi is 78% to score at least 1 goal. Alexis Sanchez is the next most likely scorer at the match at 39%. Didier Drogba rounds out the top 3 with a 27% chance of matching his feat from the first leg
v pace of Alexis Sanchez can open door for Lionel Messi in Champions League semi-final - Telegraph
Cristiano Ronaldo finally stood up to be counted in a Clasico as record-breaking Real Madrid took a giant step towards wrestling the Primera Division title from Barcelona's grasp. The debate over who is better out of Ronaldo or Barca counterpart Lionel Messi has raged for some time now, but unlike the former, the latter has always been able to call on an impeccable record in this fixture. Tonight, though, Ronaldo stepped up, scoring a 73rd-minute winner that puts Jose Mourinho's men seven points clear of their old foes at the top of the table with four games remaining. He struck just two minutes after Alexis Sanchez had bundled in an equaliser to cancel out Sami Khedira's equally scrappy first-half opener - a goal that set a new record for goals in a league season. It was the Portugal forward's standout contribution on a night when Madrid, humiliated 5-1 on this ground last season, strangled their normally free-passing hosts. Messi was barely allowed a kick and his playmaking team-mates - Xavi and Andres ...
Bayern Munich did well on d nite applying experience & tradition to daint Real Madrid whose defence has been impervious to many teams.Bayern needs an away goal & a tight defence at d Bernabeau to go through. As for Chelsea tonight,they need to avoid panic-induced cards when Lionel Messi comes selling dummies.But then I don't see Barcelona leaving Stamford Bridge without an away goal at least.Expect d Barca flair on display tonite.Its more enticing than d mechanical attribute of Chelsea.Goals from Alexis Sanchez & Ibrahim Affelay
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Martin Keown: "Lionel Messi is the genius but this season Barcelona have uncovered his perfect foil, Alexis Sanchez"
Defending champions Barcelona upped the pressure on leaders Real Madrid on Tuesday as they moved to within a point of their bitter rivals after a 4-0 thumping of Getafe. Two goals from Alexis Sanchez, one from Pedro Rodriguez and Lionel Messi's 39th in the league this season gave Barca a 10th consecutive league victory after another near perfect performance by the Catalans. Real can restore their four point advantage if they beat Atletico Madrid on Wednesday - they have not lost to their city rivals since 1999 .
Left-back Adriano also made his comeback from injury against Athletic and is expected to feature while coach Pep Guardiola confirmed that playmaker Cesc Fabregas is available again after recovering from a back problem. The former Arsenal star is competing for a spot up front with Pedro alongside Lionel Messi, who was denied by the Rossoneri defence in the first leg, and Alexis Sanchez.
Alessandro Nesta exhibited all his experience in stopping Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez with some magnificent
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