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FC Barcelona News: 24 April 2011; Messi Breaks Fifty, Milito and Maxwell Join Injured List

It's about time!
It's about time!

Barca maintain eight-point lead | ESPN
Lionel Messi netted his 50th competitive goal of the season and David Villa ended his goal drought as Barcelona recovered from their Copa del Rey final defeat with a victory over Osasuna that keeps them firmly on course for the title.

Guardiola: "We have great belief in ourselves" | FCBarcelona
With three points in the bag Pep Guardiola admitted that the Osasuna match was pretty "poor", but "it was important to win it.. ..we were aware of the game’s importance, and we took a very, very, very big step towards the League title" he added.

Messi overtakes Puskas | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s 50th goal of the season breaks a new record in Spanish football. Messi has overtaken Ferenc Puskás’s record from the 1959/60 season (49 goals in all competitions). Here we review this, and other statistics, from the match.

Milito and Maxwell, pending recovery | FCBarcelona
So, the availability of both players, according to the FC Barcelona Medical Services will depend on their recovery from their respective injuries. Both Milito and Maxwell underwent ultrasound and MRI scans this morning, which confirmed the diagnostics from Saturday after the game.

Barcelona facing injury crisis ahead of Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid | Goal
Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola is facing a mounting injury crisis in defence ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu. Brazilian full-back Maxwell and Argentine centre-half Gabriel Milito have become the latest players to pick up problems.

Fiorentina's Adem Ljajic waiting for Real Madrid or Barcelona call - agent | Goal
The 19-year-old, who joined the Viola from Partizan last year, has established himself as a regular starter in Sinisa Mihajlovic's side, making 24 apperances and scoring three goals this season. He has been able to fill the void left by Stevan Jovetic, who has spent most of the season out of action after rupturing knee ligaments on the eve of the campaign.

Unai Emery: Valencia made a fool of themselves against Real Madrid | Goal
Valencia coach Unai Emery was pulling no punches after watching his side succumb to Copa del Rey winners Real Madrid, who pulled off an outstanding 6-3 win at the Mestalla. "We made a fool of ourselves,” Emery told reporters after the match on Saturday evening. “The guard of honour for Real Madrid lasted until the 60th minute.

Puel rubbishes Sevilla link | Sky Sports
Claude Puel insists he will remain Lyon coach despite being linked with the Sevilla job. The 49-year-old signed a four-year contract with Lyon in 2008 but has come under criticism for failing to recapture the Ligue 1 title.

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