R.Mallorca-FC Barcelona: Messi stalls Mallorca fightback (2-4) | FC Barcelona
Barça’s tenth win of the eleven league games so far this season came in an exciting match, with plenty of goals and chances for both teams and a fightback from the hosts in the second half. The first half saw Barça combine possession and precision in front of goal to go three up before Mallorca hit them with two goals after the break.
Tito Vilanova: "We're going through a moment where the smallest errors cost us goals" | FC Barcelona
After going to the break with a three-goal advantage, the Blaugrana watched as the home team battled back to make it 2-3 early in the second half. On the second 45 minutes of the match, Tito Vilanova said that his players "were a bit cold when they came out onto the pitch," and that Barça "are going through a moment where the smallest errors lead to conceding a goal."
FC Barcelona’s standout players against Real Mallorca | FC Barcelona
The Catalan midfielder once again was Barça’s metronome. His performance against Real Mallorca can easily be defined as superb as he made the most of the the passing lanes for the three Blaugrana forwards. Barça’s ball possession, 73%, can be attributed to Xavi’s extremely high pass accuracy.
O Rei Messi surpasses Pelé | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi, at just 25 years old, has reached the heights only visited by football legends. This Sunday, at the Iberostar, the Argentine surpassed Pelé’s mark of goals scored in a calendar year. Counting his two goals against Mallorca, Messi has scored 76 goals in 2012, one more than the Brazilian did in 1958.
Gerard Piqué: "I felt great physically" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué was named to Barça’s starting XI in the match against Mallorca, thus returning to the team after missing six Liga matches due to the injury he picked up against Spartak Moscow. The centre back noted: "I felt great physically, I was very comfortable on the pitch." Despite conceding two goals, Piqué said "in general we played well and we were the superior side, even though the opening 15 minutes were difficult."
Leo Messi: six braces and a hat trick in La Liga | FC Barcelona
He’s beaten Pelé’s record and is still scoring more. This season, Leo Messi has continued with his amazing ability to score two or more goals a game, and in La Liga he has scored twice on six occasions, plus one hat trick. In total, his 15 goals once again put him at the top of the Liga goalscoring list.
Real Madrid edge out Levante in tough conditions - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Ronaldo was lucky to still be on the pitch to score, after a terrible forearm challenge from David Navarro in the third minute left him with a deep gash above his left eye. It was perhaps fitting that it was Navarro’s failed clearing header from Xabi Alonso’s free-kick that fell to Ronaldo for the first goal.
Ronaldo pulls out of Portugal squad - Goal.com
"He's dizzy. In the first half he was unable to see properly with that eye, but during the break he couldn't see properly with either," commented Madrid coach Jose Mourinho on Ronaldo's injury. "So it was impossible for him to continue. When he gets to Madrid he will go to hospital to have the tests he needs."
Pepe mocked us claims Juanfran | Football Espana
An alleged incident took place between Levante’s Sergio Ballesteros and Pepe in the tunnel after the game and Juanfran gave his own take on events to Punto Pelota. "Before we went in the dressing room I saw Pepe coming off the pitch dancing, laughing and mocking us. Everybody saw it, the security men, police, his own team, all of us. It’s 100 per cent true."
Atletico remain in touch | Sky Sports Football
Adrian Lopez opened the scoring with his first league goal of the season midway through the first half, with Atletico doubling their lead two minutes before half-time as Arda Turan was allowed to run through on goal and slot coolly past Miguel Angel Moya, despite having controlled the ball with his hand.
10-man Athletic hold off Sevilla - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Los Leones opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Oscar De Marcos slotted into the lower left of the net after intercepting Jesus Navas's pass and finishing with a right-footed shot. Markel Susaeta scored a right-footed shot for Athletic Bilbao in the 46th minute to double their lead.
Mauricio Pochettino on brink of the sack at Espanyol - ESPN FC
"The defeat has damaged us and hit the self-esteem of everyone," Pochettino said on Saturday. "The image was bad, we were not at the height we should be, and did not get into the game. We were always chasing the game. It is normal that the coach takes the responsibility. There is atmosphere all around the club, and a certain fatigue about what is happening."