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FC Barcelona News: 21 January 2013; Difficult Week Awaits Barça, Two Madrid Teams Reduce Gap At the Top

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Cup quarter final and visit from Osasuna this week | FC Barcelona
It’s a decisive week for Barça with the return leg of the Spanish Cup quarter finals on Thursday at La Rosaleda, followed by a weekend visit from the struggling Osasuna in the league.

Sixth time that Real Sociedad have broken an unbeaten Barça start | FC Barcelona
Messi has scored in 121 league matches and Barça have ended up losing just two of them – Saturday’s and the 4-3 defeat against Atletico Madrid in March 2009. Messi has scored in 182 games in all competitions, of which 161 ended in wins, 16 were drawn and just five were lost.

Rampant Real Madrid embarrass sorry Valencia - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Real Madrid destroyed a hapless Valencia side with a five-star first half performance at the Mestalla with Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo both scoring braces to add to Gonzalo Higuain's effort. Higuain opened the scoring in the ninth minute, just moments after missing an easier opportunity.

Falcao injury sours Atletico Madrid win - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Diego Simeone's side, whose latest victory was soured by an injury to top scorer Radamel Falcao, have won all 10 of their league matches at their Calderon stadium and are second on 47 points from 20 games. Barca have 55 points, while champions Real Madrid are 18 points behind their great rivals and 10 adrift of city neighbours Atletico in third ahead of their match at Valencia later on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao out for up to three weeks - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has confirmed striker Radamel Falcao will be sidelined for "around 20 days" after suffering a hamstring injury during his side's 2-0 win over Levante on Sunday.Falcao, 26, pulled up sore after sprinting for the ball in the 57th minute and was immediately substituted, raising concerns for the home fans.

Injuries mar Valladolid victory | Sky Sports Football
Goals from Javi Guerra and Oscar Gonzalez either side of the break saw Valladolid defeat Real Zaragoza 2-0 in a game marred by both injuries and heavy rain. Three players limped from the field in a scrappy game in which both sides struggled to create chances in difficult conditions.

Osasuna win to leapfrog Deportivo | Sky Sports Football
Osasuna lifted themselves off the bottom of the league table with a crucial 2-1 win over relegation rivals Deportivo La Coruna, who replaced them as the lowest-ranked side. Kike Sola put the hosts ahead on 28 minutes and Nino doubled the lead 15 minutes into the second half, leaving an impotent Deportivo with too much to do in the remaining half an hour.

Riki damages ankle ligaments | Football Espana
Deportivo forward Riki has suffered a second degree sprain to his right ankle ligaments during the club's 2-1 loss to Osasuna. The former Getafe is set to have a scan tomorrow to assess the damage, but reports suggest he could be out for anywhere between two and six weeks.

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