FC Barcelona News: 27 August 2012; Barça Struggle to Win in Pamplona, Puyol Injured, Real Madrid Lose to Getafe

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Osasuna - FC Barcelona: Imperious Messi (1-2) | FC Barcelona
Joseba Llorente had put the hosts one up in the first half, despite Barça enjoying their usual domination of possession, but after the break Osasuna’s resistance was broken down by two more goals for the Argentinean world number one, who once again popped up to give Barça the win.

Messi: “We remained calm” | FC Barcelona
After fighting back from a one-goal deficit at El Sadar with a second-half brace from Leo Messi (1-2), the FC Barcelona players highlighted the importance of winning away from the Camp Nou. “We found the way to respond to their goal, we were able to play from behind and we didn’t lose our heads. Luckily, the goals came,” said Leo Messi.

Osasuna - FCB: FC Barcelona's standout players | FC Barcelona
As he watched his team struggle to bounce back from Llorente’s early goal he gave commands from the sidelines – urging Jordi Alba to make his presence felt farther up the pitch, interchanging Tello and Alexis on the wings, and encouraging Messi to drop to the midfield – but his master stoke was to send in Pedro, Xavi, and Villa for Cesc, Iniesta and Tello.

Puyol fractures cheekbone | Sky Sports
A club statement read: "Medical tests confirmed that Carles Puyol has fractured his right cheekbone. "The player will undergo further tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Puyol broke his cheekbone when he collided with Lamah in one of the last plays of the match."

Vilanova praises his players after the match against Osasuna | FC Barcelona
“We have place a lot of value on our capacity to fight back. This means we’re strong because you have to be mentally strong and have ambition to win in this stadium. We created enough chances to win the match. It’s twice as difficult to win here when you’re behind because they’ll try to break the rhythm of the game.”

Thiago partly back in training | FC Barcelona
Not many hours after the hard-fought win in Pamplona thanks to two late goals from Messi (1-2), the Barça first team got straight back to work on Monday as preparations begin for the second leg of the Spanish Supercup on Wednesday at the Bernabéu. For the first time since returning after the summer, Thiago did part of the session with his team mates.

Real Madrid agree Modric deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Luka Modric, who will remain tied to the club for the next five seasons," Real said on their website on Monday. While neither club gave financial details, Spanish media reported Real would pay £28 million, plus a possible £5.5m in add-ons, for Modric, who joined Spurs from Dinamo Zagreb in 2008.

Madrid suffer shock defeat - ESPNFC
Madrid had won their last seven league meetings against Getafe and appeared set for another triumph when Gonzalo Higuain put them ahead in the 27th minute. However, Getafe hit back in the second half to stun their star-studded opponents with goals from Juan Valera and Abdelaziz Barrada.

Mourinho slams players after Real defeat - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Real was very bad, an unacceptable match," a grim-faced Mourinho told a news conference while refusing to single out any player in particular for criticism. "The only message I want you to take away tonight is that it was a deserved defeat for us," he told reporters. "This was a match in which the defeat was absolutely deserved. More than two matches with just one point it was a horrible match."

Coentrao called me a son of a w***e, claims referee - Goal.com
"In the 88th minute, the player (5) Fabio Alexandre Da Silva Coentrao was sent off for the following reason: he contacted me when the game was halted, and insulted me when I stood next to him by calling me a 'son of a whore'," Perez Lasa wrote in his official report, according to Marca.

Deportivo battle back - ESPNFC
Sofiane Feghouli restored the hosts' two-goal lead before half-time with another wonderful finish from Dani Parejo's pass. However, the visitors had much the better of the play after the break and after Aguilar had stroked home his second of the night, Pizzi equalised from the penalty spot as Ricardo Costa saw a second yellow card for barging into Riki.

Ten-man Sevilla hit back | Sky Sports Football
The visitors had goalkeeper Diego Lopez sent off just after the half-hour mark when he upended Antonio Floro Flores inside the area and, despite his replacement Andres Palop saving Guillherme Siqueira's penalty, Mikel Rico rattled in the rebound to give Granada the lead. However, Alvaro Negredo headed home a minute before the break to bring Sevilla level.

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