FC Barcelona News: 21 November 2012; Barça Secure First Place in Group G, Valencia Also Qualify for Next Round

Jasper Juinen

Spartak Moskow - FC Barcelona: Unstoppable Barça into last sixteen (0-3) | FC Barcelona
They had clearly done their homework since the setback in Glasgow, and while showing no problems adapting either to the cold or the artificial turf in the Luzhniki Stadium, they had the game as good as decided in the first 45 minutes in which they played deep and found the net when it mattered.

Nine consecutive Round of 16 berths for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona qualified for the Round of 16 this Tuesday in Moscow, taking the Blaugrana to nine consecutive appearances in the first knock out round of the Champions League. The team led by Tito Vilanova mathematically secured their spot in the next round after beating Spartak Moscow by 0-3. Barça have one game remaining in the Group Stage, at the Camp Nou against Benfica.

Leo Messi becomes second all-time scorer in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi took another step towards becoming the highest goalscorer in the history of the Champions League. With his two goals against Spartak Moscow, the Argentine now has 56 goals in the European competition, equalling the record set by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Raúl González (Real Madrid and Shalke 04) currently holds the all-time record for goals scored in the Champions League with 71 goals.

Messi: "Everything worked out perfectly" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi continues to make history, but he never loses sight of what’s important: the team. "The important thing is the team’s victory. After the 0-3 we had to control the match and retain possession," he said. Barça’s number 10 also praised his team’s defensive performance at Luzhniki Stadium: "We’ve conceded goals in past games and we needed to keep a clean sheet tonight."

Vilanova: "The players once again showed how great they are" | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova knew that the match in Moscow was extremely important after Barça’s defeat to Celtic FC two weeks ago. "It was important to qualify for the next round here and not have to wait until the last game, anything can happen in the last match of the group stage."

Barcelona dismiss claims of Manchester City swoop - ESPN FC
On Saturday, rumours circulated that Begiristain was at Camp Nou to watch Barca's 3-1 Primera Division win over Real Zaragoza. However, Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo said on Monday that had been a misunderstanding based on Begiristain's physical likeness to Luis Carlos Cuartero, a former player who is now technical secretary at the club.

Valencia and Bayern both through after draw - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Bayern Munich and 10-man Valencia both progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League following a 1-1 draw in Spain. Valencia produced a solid performance after losing Antonio Barragan for a silly, studs-up challenge early on. A deflected Sofiane Feghouli goal for the home side was cancelled out by a quick reply from Thomas Mueller, both goals coming towards the end of the second half.

Athletic will go to Israel | Football Espana
With Israeli and Palestine forces clashing violently in Gaza, the Basque club had spoken to the European game’s governing body to have their Thursday evening fixture away to Hapoel Kyriat rearranged to a location outside of Israel. However, those talks have been unsuccessful and the club will now travel out to the country to play their game just 100km away from the main conflict.

Fernando Llorente and Bilbao clash over no-show - ESPN FC
The strained relationship between Fernando Llorente and Athletic Bilbao deteriorated further on Monday as player and club differed in their accounts of his no-show at a scheduled press conference. Llorente and club president Josu Urrutia have had a worsening relationship since the striker declined to extend his contract last summer.

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