FC Barcelona News: 31 March 2013; Barça and Real Madrid Both Draw, Lionel Messi Sets New Record

Denis Doyle

Celta-FCB: Late draw frustrates ahead of trip to Paris (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Six years after their last visit, Barça left Balaidos slightly frustrated after it looked as if they would be taking home the three points, despite fielding a number of fringe players ahead of the PSG trip and coming back from a Celta opener, only for a late Oubiña goal to give the hosts a draw.

Leo Messi's record-breaking run continues; becomes first player to score against 19 opponents consecutively | FC Barcelona
Osasuna (four goals), Zaragoza, Levante, Athletic Club, Betis, Atlético Madrid, Granada and Rayo Vallecano (two goals respectively) and Mallorca, Valladolid, Espanyol, Málaga, Real Sociedad, Valencia, Getafe, Madrid, Deportivo and Celta (one goal) have all conceded to Leo Messi this season.

Messi: "It's always difficult to play after international breaks" | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi found the back of the net this afternoon and he took his goalscoring streak in La Liga to 19 consecutive matches. The Argentine fired Barça ahead at Balaídos, but he lamented the final result (2-2). "I was lucky enough to score and help the team in all of these matches, but what we really wanted was to win,"

Jordi Roura: "We did the hardest thing, which is to fight back, but this is football" | FC Barcelona
After the 2-2 draw with Celta at Balaídos, Jordi Roura said, "at this point in the season each match is more complicated ... we did the hardest thing, which is to fight back, but this is football and they equalised in one of the few chances they had."

Abidal welcomed to Balaídos with a standing ovation | FC Barcelona
This Saturday Éric Abidal received a standing ovation from the fans at Balaídos when he took part in the pre-match warmup session with his teammates. The Frenchman, who underwent liver transplant surgery this season, was named to the first team for the first time since he given the green light to return to competitive play on February 21.

Details of Vigo draw (2-2) | FC Barcelona
Messi set a new record on Saturday night by scoring in his nineteenth consecutive league match. That’s the equivalent of scoring at least once in a whole half of the season. It was also the Argentinian’s 42nd goal of the Liga season, leaving him just eight short of his record-breaking tally of 2011/12 (50), and there are still another nine matches to play.

Paris-Barcelona, connected by football | FC Barcelona
Paris and Barcelona are capitals connected by football. Despite PSG’s short history (it was founded in 1970), nine players have played for both the French team and FC Barcelona. The relationship between the two sides started in the year 2000 and since then it’s been pretty intense.

PSG edge Montpellier ahead of Champions League showdown with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain, who will host FC Barcelona on Tuesday for the away leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, took on Montpellier this Friday. Kevin Gameiro scored the decisive goal after 81 minutes, he was assisted by Ibrahimovic.

Ronaldo strike earns draw at Zaragoza - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Zaragoza started the brighter and went ahead through a well taken goal from former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Rodri in the sixth minute and despite Ronaldo’s equaliser just before the break, Zaragoza had their own chances to win it in the second half before honours finished even.

Jose Mourinho: Iker Casillas faces struggle to displace Lopez - ESPN FC
"We must be honest. The way Diego is playing, it will be very hard to get him out of the net," Mourinho said. "I cannot say for certain that he will be there till the end of the season, but he is playing very well. For now, it will be difficult for Casillas to be on the bench against Galatasaray, but he will surely be there for Levante."

Varane doubtful for Galatasaray clash - Goal.com
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has received some disturbing news on the injury front ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Galatasaray as he will possibly have to make do without the services of Raphael Varane due to injury.

Morales lifts Malaga in time for Dortmund visit - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Morales sealed the victory with a rasping long-range shot four minutes from time after having provided crosses for Weligton and Julio Baptista to head goals earlier in the game. After a run of four games without a win in La Liga, it was a lift for the Champions League debutants, who host Borussia Dortmund in a quarter-final first leg next Wednesday.

Garcia gives Levante the edge | Sky Sports Football
A strike by Ruben Garcia was enough to give Levante to their first victory since January 26 as they beat Sevilla 1-0. Ruben struck five minutes before half-time and although the visitors rallied late on they could not force an equalizer as Levante picked up their first win since beating Valladolid.

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