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FC Barcelona News: 24 August 2012; Barça Win First Leg of Supercopa, Lionel Messi Equals a Record

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Barca seize advantage in Clasico thriller - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Instead it was Cristiano Ronaldo who opened the scoring, sending a thumping header beyond Victor Valdes soon after the break. But Barca were behind for barely a minute as Pedro raced clear to equalise, before Messi scored his first Clasico goal in 432 minutes from the spot after Sergio Ramos fouled Andres Iniesta. Xavi made it 3-1 after superb work by Iniesta, but Angel Di Maria pulled a goal back after a Valdes howler.

Messi equals César as FC Barcelona's all-time goalscorer against Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi keeps on breaking records. This Thursday he became the all-time highest FC Barcelona goalscorer in Clásicos, level with César, with 14 goals. The Argentine genius made sure to nail his penalty shot after Ramos brought down Iniesta in the box. His goal gave FC Barcelona the lead.

Tito: "The result is not definitive" | FC Barcelona
"I’m sticking with the good game we played," said Tito Vilanova when asked to give his impressions on tonight’s match against Real Madrid. The manager added that "we dominated and we created chances to score. I think Madrid’s two goals were scored at the right time [for them]." The Catalan knows that his team could have won by a larger margin.

Barça - Madrid: FC Barcelona's standout players | FC Barcelona
Don Andrés was the man of the match. Just hours before the game, Nike unveiled a new ad featuring the Spaniard as a master puppeteer and it wouldn’t be surprising if you thought you were watching a rerun of the spot as Iniesta worked his magic against Los Blancos tonight. In addition to his 85.3% passing completion rate, the midfielder supplied the assist to Xavi for the 3-1.

Piqué: "We're confident and ready for the return leg at the Bernabéu" | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué, who played all 90 minutes of the Clásico, sent a clear message after tonight’s match: "we are proud of the match me played." Piqué noted that "sometimes you need a lot of chances to score, they took their two chances and they converted on both of them, but I believe we deserved better."

El Clasico: The gift that keeps on giving | Early Doors - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Try telling any teenager that there only used to be four TV channels, or that computer games were once stored on cassette tapes that took 20 minutes to load, and marvel at the baffled indifference on their face. Then explain to them what a cassette tape is, and see an intense frown added to that expression.

The puppet master Andrés Iniesta | FC Barcelona
Nike unveiled its new spot for the CTR360 Maestri III boot featuring FC Barcelona’s midfielder Andrés Iniesta. The stop-motion ad shows a puppet of the Azulgrana maestro blowing past opponents and setting the tempo in the midfield on a miniature football pitch.

Valencia agree Cissokho deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The 24-year-old is poised to agree a four-year contract and Spanish media said the deal was worth around six million euros (£4.75m). "He has extensive experience despite his age," Valencia sports director Braulio Vazquez said in a statement. "He has played for the French national team and played at the highest levels such as in the Champions League.

Match Report: Motherwell 0-2 Levante -
Motherwell will have their work cut out if they are to make the Europa League group stages after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat by to Levante in the first leg of their qualifying tie on Thursday night.

Annan loaned out by Schalke to Osasuna - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"He has a lot of experience, from being an international with his country and from the European competitions he has played in," Osasuna sports director Angel Martin Gonzalez said at the player's presentation.

Three new players for Racing | LFP
Racing Santander has added three new players to the roster, one for each line. They have signed a defender, a midfielder and a striker.