FC Barcelona News: 8 October 2012; El Clasico Ends In a Draw, Barça's Perfect La Liga Record Ends

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The first La Liga El Clasico of the 2012-2013 season is behind us and it ended with a two-all draw. With the draw Tito Vilanova's Barcelona failed to set a new record for consecutive victories to start the season.

FC Barcelona - Real Madrid: Sparkling Clásico ends all square (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Madrid went one up through Ronaldo and could have doubled their lead before Messi led the fightback with two goals, only for Ronaldo to strike again half way through the second half. Barça were on top and driving for a third in the last 20 minutes and were unlucky not to grab the winner.

Tito highlights his team's fighting spirit | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova believes that the Camp Nou was treated to "a very good game of football" this evening where both FC Barcelona and Real Madrid offered up "a great spectacle" and where both teams "created chances." But above all, the manager is most proud of the "sacrificial spirit" of his players.

Leo Messi: "We would have liked to win" | FC Barcelona
Messi once again stole the Clásico limelight with two goals but in the end they weren’t enough to win the three points. "It was a great game, we would have preferred to win but we need to remember that Real Madrid are a great team," he said.

Messi, the boss of the Clásicos | FC Barcelona
Messi had gone an uncharacteristic three games without a goal before Sunday’s big match, but he was back doing what he does so well against Madrid, scoring his fifth brace of goals so far this season after scoring twice against Real Societat, Osasuna, Getafe and Spartak Moscow. He’s now scored 12 goals in 11 official games this season, as well as providing five assists.

Facts and figures from the Barça – Real Madrid game | FC Barcelona
Barça keep their eight point lead over Real Madrid after seven league games. Despite the draw, Barça stay top of the table – level on points with Atletico Madrid on 19 points and ahead on goal difference.

Real Madrid unhappy with referee after draw at Barcelona - ESPNFC
"Madrid is a gentlemanly club and penalties not signalled cannot be talked about," Mourinho said. "This is the philosophy of the club and I must adapt to it, although I like the truth. Delgado is a good referee, but at a deciding moment of the game he made a big mistake. That can happen to anyone."

Cristiano Ronaldo cleared to join up with Portugal for qualifiers - ESPNFC
Cristiano Ronaldo has been given the green light by Real Madrid to join up with the Portugal squad to prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after tests showed the shoulder injury picked up during Sunday night's 2-2 draw at Barcelona was not serious.

Falcao stars in Atletico win | Sky Sports Football
Falcao opened the scoring with his 11th of the season six minutes in and, when it looked as though Roque Santa Cruz's brilliant header would deny Atletico a share of top spot, Weligton put through his own goal in added time, under severe pressure from Falcao who may well look to claim the goal as his own.

Martins stunner sees Levante beat Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Pacy Nigeria forward Martins, who joined last month from Russian club Rubin Kazan, sped on to a long clearance from Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua in the 22nd minute at the Estadio Ciutat de Valencia. The former Inter Milan and Newcastle forward controlled the bouncing ball on his chest before smashing an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net past Vicente Guaita.

Narrow win for Bilbao | Sky Sports Football
Aritz Aduriz's early goal earned Athletic Bilbao a much-needed 1-0 win at home to fellow Primera Division strugglers Osasuna. The striker guided the ball home from inside the area to give last season's Europa League runners-up just their second league win of the campaign.

Granada break away duck | Sky Sports Football
The visitors' numerical advantage only lasted for two minutes as Yacine Brahimi was shown a second yellow card, but Torje doubled their advantage with an extremely cool finish from El-Arabi's scooped pass. Tomer Hemed gave Mallorca hope with a brilliant header five minutes from time and the Islanders could even have snatched a draw as Tomo did well to turn away Victor Casadesus' effort in stoppage time.

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