FC Barcelona News: 3 March 2013; Barcelona Lose Second Consecutive El Clasico, Barça B Blow Late Lead

Jasper Juinen

R.Madrid-FC Barcelona: Defeat at the Bernabéu (2-1) | FC Barcelona
A goal from Ramos with eight minutes left saw Real Madrid take a rather grey Clasico after Messi had equalised Benzema’s opener in the first half. Valdés was sent off after the final whistle after remonstrating with the ref who denied Barça an apparently clear late penalty when Adriano was brought down in the box.

Jordi Roura: "We had our chances to win points at the Bernabéu" | FC Barcelona
After the match, the Blaugrana manager said, "we have to pleased with the team’s attitude. We had our chances of winning points. We’re coming off of a fairly difficult week and we had to play in a difficult stadium and the team fought until the end." He added: "it was a very complicated match. The team worked hard and we had out chances. It’s obvious, however, that the result is what counts."

Barcelona 'keeper Victor Valdes blasted ref after Real Madrid loss - ESPN FC
According to Marca, Perez Lasa wrote in his report: "Once the game had finished and while we were still on the field of play, I booked FC Barcelona player No. 1 Victor Valdes Arribas for addressing me with his arms raised and shouting at me in protest at one of my decisions.

Jordi Alba: "We're confident that we'll bounce back" | FC Barcelona
Alba, who spoke to the press after the match, said: "we’re leaving without any points but we know we have a good advantage over Atlético and Real Madrid." In addition, he said, "it was a fairly equal match and a draw would have been the fairest result." After two bad results against Madrid, the full back said, "we have to give it our all and even more so against Milan. We have confidence in ourselves."

Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona Statistics | FC Barcelona
Messi has now scored in an incredible 16 consecutive league matches. He’s already scored 50 goals this season, 39 of them in the league. He’s the first player in the history of Spanish football to score 50 or more goals in three different seasons.

Andoni Zubizarreta: "We weren't looking for the draw, our intent is to always win" | FC Barcelona
After the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu, Andoni Zubizarreta said that "we weren’t looking for the draw" and that Barça’s intent "is always to win." Zubi went on to say that "in a competition you sometimes win and sometimes your competitors do" and he added that "the Liga is very long and we’ll try to overcome these circumstances."

The three points slip away in stoppage time (3-3) | FC Barcelona
The game between Barça’s reserve side and Las Palmas ended in a three-all draw. Las Palmas took an early lead thanks to a strike from Tato, but Rafinha brought Barça level just before the break. Deulofeu was decisive in the second half as he fired Barça ahead. However, with 10 minutes to go, Oier committed a penalty and he was shown a red card.

Madrid fringe players hailed after win over Barca - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
First-team coach Jose Mourinho made seven changes from the side that beat the Catalans 3-1 on Tuesday at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey. But Madrid overcame an almost full-strength Barcelona side thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos in-between Lionel Messi's leveller for the visitors.

Levante deny Valencia | Sky Sports Football
Jose Barkero scored with seconds remaining to earn Levante a 2-2 draw in their Primera Division derby clash with Valencia. The well-travelled midfielder's goal not only earned his side a point but also prevented Los Che from moving above Malaga into fourth place.

Athletic Bilbao defeat Osasuna - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Leones bagged the game-winner in the 63rd minute. Markel Susaeta slotted home into the lower left of the net after intercepting Marc Bertrán's pass and finishing the move with a right-footed shot. Osasuna are in 15th place, just three points above the relegation zone with a record of seven wins, 12 losses and seven draws after 26 games.

Deportivo held by Vallecano | Sky Sports Football
Deportivo La Coruna brought to an end their six-match losing streak but still remain deep in trouble at the foot of the Primera Division after being held at home by Rayo Vallecano. It might have been even worse for the Galician side after they found themselves on the back foot for much of the first half and then reduced to 10 men in the closing stages when veteran defender Carlos Marchena was sent off.

First win in 10 for Mallorca | Sky Sports Football
Mallorca snatched a late 2-1 win at Granada to record their first Primera Division victory in 10 matches. The hosts took an early lead through Nolito but Alfaro levelled not long after. Granada had the greater number of chances throughout the match but a last-gasp headed goal by substitute Tomer Hemed gave the visitors all three points and their first win of 2013.

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