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FC Barcelona News: 19 November 2012; 21 Players Travel To Moscow, Atletico Madrid Survive Granada Scare

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Busquets makes a return to Barcelona's Champions League squad
Busquets makes a return to Barcelona's Champions League squad
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Players for Moscow | FC Barcelona
They are: Valdés, Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Fàbregas, Puyol, Xavi, Villa, Iniesta, Messi, Jonathan dos Santos, Mascherano, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Jordi Alba, Montoya, Song, Tello, Oier, Sergi Roberto and Deulofeu.

FC Barcelona arrive in Russia | FC Barcelona
The first team players are now focused on their Champions League match away to Spartak Moscow after last night’s victory over Zaragoza. After this morning’s training session at the Ciutat Esportiva, the players named to the team by Tito Vilanova set course for Russia.

Zubizarreta: "Our goal is to qualify as soon as possible" | FC Barcelona
Before the trip to Moscow, Andoni Zubizarreta talked to the press about FC Barcelona’s short-term objective in the Champions League: "Our goal is to qualify for the next round as soon as possible. We must win on Tuesday for that to happen. We weren’t able to clinch qualification in Glasgow, but we are hopeful that we can do it in Moscow.

Week marked by trips to Moscow and Valencia | FC Barcelona
Barça are back to their normal schedule of two matches per week after a last week’s international break. This week the Blaugrana will travel to Russia, where they’ll play against Spartak Moscow in Week 5 of the Champions League on Tuesday (21.00). Once the players return to Barcelona, they’ll prepare for the match away to Levante (Sunday).

Messi continues to make history | FC Barcelona
His two goals against Zaragoza mean that Leo Messi has equalled Santillana’s tally of 186 league goals and so reached ninth place in the all-time ranking. Messi has scored 78 of those goals in 2012 and is fast approaching Müller’s total of 85 in 1972. The Argentine has scored seven in his last nine appearances against Zaragoza.

Turan on target as Atletico defeat Granada - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
A second half goal from Atletico Madrid’s Turkish midfielder Arda Turan saw the men from the capital secure a 1-0 victory away at Granada, despite going down to 10 men. Mario Suarez got his marching orders after a second yellow card for a deliberate handball on 72 minutes - meaning Diego Simeone’s squad had to hold on in the final stages for their 10th league win of the season.

Liga - Pellegrino on thin ice ahead of Bayern clash - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Former Valencia player Pellegrino, who replaced Unai Emery as coach at the end of last season, was denied by Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in the penalty shootout that decided the 2001 final and he is well aware of the precariousness of his current position in the results-orientated modern game. "It's not a good time to be a coach right now," Pellegrino said at a promotional event last week.

Levante go fourth with victory at Depor - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Nigerian Martins gave the visitors the lead in the 40th minute at Municipal de Riazor. Martins slotted home with his left foot after collecting a pass from Míchel. Los Granotes' Pedro Lopez was dismissed in the 54th minute after handling in the area, a second bookable offence, but Ivan Sanchez missed the resulting penalty.

Sevilla sink Betis in one-sided derby - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid winger pounced on an error by Betis goalkeeper Adrian and smashed the ball into the top corner after 12 seconds at the Sanchez Pizjuan before Federico Fazio made it 2-0 with a fifth-minute header. Reyes, given a rousing ovation when he was substituted in the second half, made the most of more woeful Betis defending to make it 3-0 in the 33rd minute and then crossed for Fazio to score the fourth two minutes before half-time.

Mallorca halt losing streak | Sky Sports Football
Real Mallorca ended a run of six consecutive league defeats by earning a valuable point in a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo. Tomer Hemed put the visitors in front with his seventh goal of the season in the 22nd minute but Celta should have been level by half-time as Augusto Fernandez passed up two glorious opportunities to equalise.

Getafe defeat Real Valladolid - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
In front of 7,500 fans, Los Azulones bagged the game-winning goal in the 78th minute, with Angel Lafita scoring with his right foot into the lower right of the goal after intercepting a pass from Real Valladolid's Javi Guerra. Óscar scored first for Valladolid in the 45th minute before a header by Alexis in the 74th minute levelled matters.