FC Barcelona News: 24 February 2013; Barça Fight Back to Beat Sevilla, Alejandro Grimaldo Tears ACL

David Ramos

We start the news today with some terrible information regarding standout laft-back for Barcelona B, Alejandro Grimaldo. The 17-year old suffered a terrible injury in yesterdays game against Hércules, tearing the ACL in his right knee. He will have surgery to repair the damage in the coming days and this season is already over for Grimaldo. At least a six month recovery period is expected, meaning Grimaldo is facing an uphill battle to be ready by the time next season begins. #AnimoGrimaldo

FC Barcelona - Sevilla: Confidence booster (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça gave themselves a great confidence booster after the disappointment of San Siro last Wednesday, when they beat Seville 2-1 at a freezing Camp Nou tonight. It was a hard won win, with a brilliant 15 minutes after the break crowned by second half strikes from Villa and Messi, which turned the scores around after Botia had given the visitors a first half lead.

Roura: "Our reaction was splendid" | FC Barcelona
"We can lose a match, but what’s truly important is how we react. We just played a very difficult match ... we had the game under control but they scored. Once again, this team dug deep and fought it out to win a very important league game. The reaction was splendid," said the assistant manager.

FC Barcelona’s standout players against Sevilla FC: Villa, Tello and Messi | FC Barcelona
Botía gave Sevilla the lead on a cold winter night in Barcelona. The attendance at the Camp Nou was below 60,000 in a match that marked the halfway point from the defeat at the San Siro to the return leg of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid. Barça had the second half to mount a comeback and the substitutions from Jordi Roura proved to be spot on as the Blaugrana clawed their way back in to contention.

Mascherano: "We reacted well after Sevilla's goal" | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano talked to the awaiting journalists in the press area after 2-1 victory over Sevilla this evening. The fullback said, "the best thing about the game was our capacity to react" after Botía’s goal in the first half. He added: "conceding goals is something we know we have to improve. They scored on us with their first attempt on goal.

Real scrape to win at Deportivo - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Bottom side Depor were the better side for the first hour, going ahead through Riki’s first-half strike, which beat Digeo Lopez at his near post. But after a triple-substitution just before the hour mark saw Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira enter the field, Real dominated the latter stages as Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain added fine goals to claim victory.

Aitor Karanka fumes over referees red-carding Real Madrid players - Goal.com
"Di Maria did not do enough to be expelled," the irate Karanka told reporters after the match. "I haven't talked to him about it, but it will indeed be news when Madrid manage to finish a match with 11 players."

Zaragoza denied by Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Real Zaragoza missed a great chance to increase the gap between them and the sides in the Primera Division relegation zone by throwing away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Valencia. A penalty by Apono and a headed goal by Helder Postiga gave the Aragon side a two-goal cushion that was cancelled out by a double from Jonas.

Colunga's late heroics secure Getafe win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Colunga's attacking prowess gave his team a boost, and he ended the contest with two goals to his name as he scored goals in the 82nd and 86th minutes. The two sides had been level before then following a left-footed strike by Giovani dos Santos in the 24th minute and a right-footed equaliser by Diego Castro in the 71st minute.


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