Thiago and Adriano back training with squad | FC Barcelona
After flying home from Russia this morning, the first team trained at midday, with Thiago and Adriano joining despite still carrying injuries. Thiago is on the road to recovery after tearing ligaments in his right knee on September 29 against Sevilla, while Adriano injured his right thigh against Celta on November 3.
Tito’s Barça, a goalscoring machine in La Liga | FC Barcelona
Tito Vilanova’s team’s record over the first 12 games has only been bettered by the 1950/51 side coached by Fernando Daucik, who scored 42 over the first dozen games and they have equalled the team managed by Helenio Herrera in the 1959/60 season. Messi , the leading scorer in the league with 17 goals, has managed more on his own than 12 of the teams in the completion.
Qualification in numbers | FC Barcelona
The win in Moscow means FC Barcelona have won their group for the sixth time in a row, and qualified for the second round for the ninth consecutive time. Valdés, Mascherano and Messi are the only players that have played the full 90 minutes of every Champions League game so far.
Aguero penalty not enough as City crash out - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League last 16 by burying Manchester City's faint hopes with a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Sergio Aguero sent Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas the wrong way from the penalty spot on 73 minutes to bring the home side level after Karim Benzema had given Jose Mourinho's team the lead on 10 minutes.
Modric signing has failed to aid Real Madrid's misfiring midfield - Goal.com
He [Ronaldo] wasn't Madrid's real culprit in any case, as that honour went to Sami Khedira. The German took up excellent scoring positions, shooting wide and heading off target from two Cristiano crosses, then going clean through only to be denied by Joe Hart. He had been in the right place at the right time on several occasions, but was unable to capitalise.
Malaga win through to next round of Champions League after draw with Zenit St Petersburg | Sky Sports Football
The points looked like they were heading in only one direction when the Primera Division side took a two-goal lead inside nine minutes - Diego Buonanotte opening the scoring and Sebastian Fernandez profiting from a goalkeeping error. But Zenit fought back well and goals from Danny (49) and Viktor Fayzulin (86), earned them a share of the spoils.
Braga to report Atletico | Football Espana
Deciding to take up the option in that month, Atleti were reported in the autumn to have agreed to pay a total fee of €13.5m to Braga. However, A Bola report today that the Portuguese side are claiming that a first instalment of €1.5m as part of that deal was due to be paid as far back as June and has yet to be received, whilst they also anticipate a further €3m payment next January.
Atleti cantera corrupt? | Football Espana
ABC Radio allege that those overseeing young players’ development at the club - Julian Munoz and Jose Maria Sanchez-Puerta Prieto - pressure individuals to sign with a representation firm run by Munoz’ stepson Cesar Labrandero and Sanchez-Puerta’s son Jose Maria Sanchez-Puerta Castaneda.
Negredo out for three weeks - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Spain international, 27, suffered the problem in the 5-1 Seville derby thrashing of Real Betis. He went off with six minutes remaining and will miss the match against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, Liga and Copa del Rey ties against Espanyol and the Liga fixture at home to Real Valladolid.