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FC Barcelona News: 7 November 2013; Lionel Messi Leads Barcelona Past AC Milan, Barça Advance to Round of 16

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Barcelona beat Milan thanks to two goals from revitalised Lionel Messi |
Fábregas, Messi, Fábregas, Messi. In the midst of a debate over the 'Barcelona Way', two men who played together for the club as 13-year-olds cut their way through Milan's defence and completed a victory that qualifies them for the knockout stages. But this was not just about winning, it was about convincing too. Vencer and convencer as the Spanish phrase has it.

Leo Messi once again scores against Milan, his favourite rival in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
From the San Siro to the Camp Nou. Sandwiched in between the two matches against AC Milan was Leo Messi’s goalless run: three matches in La Liga against Real Madrid, Celta and Espanyol, a total 366 minutes without finding the back of the net. But that’s all behind him now as slotted home a penalty that Neymar won on the 29th minute.

Tata Martino: "We're happy, we've reached an important objective" | FC Barcelona
With a spot in the Round of 16 of the Champions League secured, manager Gerardo Martino talked to the press after this evening’s match against AC Milan: "We’re happy, we’ve reached an important objective." He continued: "Qualification is what we were looking for, and it’s good that we got it early. Now we have more clarity for the things to come."

Sergio Busquets: "We reached our goal" | FC Barcelona
He scored Barça’s second goal against Milan this Wednesday and he also was one of the standout players of the match. After the game, Sergio Busquets said that he was very pleased that he got to score, especially from a header: "We aren’t a tall team, most of the time we play the short option on free kicks and corners. But we managed [to score from a header] this Wednesday and I’m happy."

FC Barcelona getting job done quick in Europe | FC Barcelona
After beating AC Milan 3-1 last night, Barça are into the last sixteen of the Champions League. And it’s by no means the first time they have fast-tracked their way into the knockout stages. In fact, in only two of the last ten editions have they needed to wait until the last game to confirm their place.

Víctor Valdés surpasses his hero Olver Kahn | FC Barcelona
Víctor Valdés is now the keeper with the second most appearances in the Champions League, including qualification rounds. With the match against Milan under his belt, the Catalan takes his appearance record to 108 matches, which means he leapfrogged his hero Oliver Kahn who had 107 appearances in the competition. Iker Casillas tops the list with 133 appearances.

Xavi breaks Raul record for Champions League wins -
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has surpassed Real Madrid legend Raul's record of Champions League wins following the Catalans' 3-1 win over AC Milan on Wednesday. Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot before Sergio Busquets doubled the hosts' lead, though Massimiliano Allegri's men were offered a lifeline from a Gerard Pique own-goal.

Xavi Hernández now third in Champions League appearances | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández has become the player with the third highest number of appearances in the Champions league. His 141 tops Paolo Maldini’s 140, and leaves him just a handful of games short of Ryan Giggs (147) and Raúl (144).

Mascherano notes improvements in defence | FC Barcelona
Javier Mascherano was the guest on ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV after Wednesday’s game with AC Milan. As usual, the Argentinian offered plenty of honest, intelligent insight into the way things are going for the team. "We are comforted by the fact that we have done what we set out to do and now we have to make sure we win the group", he said.

Neymar demands ‘Neymarzetes’ stop phoning him and his family | Early Doors - Yahoo Eurosport UK
Barcelona forward Neymar has called on the more obsessive of his supporters to stop harassing him, his friends and his family and to ‘change their behaviour’. The Brazilian youngster has a strong following with his fans coined ‘Neymarzetes’, but has taken to posting a note this week requesting that the more avid followers back off.

Adidas denies plot to move Barcelona star Lionel Messi to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Chelsea - ESPN FC
Adidas has denied a report that it offered to put up 125 million euros in the summer so that Lionel Messi could join one of the clubs it sponsors -- either Real Madrid, Chelsea or Bayern Munich. Mundo Deportivo had claimed that the German sportswear giant, which provides Messi with boots, was keen for him to play for a team for which it acts as kit supplier.

Microsoft confirm Bernabeu naming rights talks - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The head of Microsoft’s Spanish division confirm that rumoured talks were underway. "We are talking," Maria Garana told Antena 3. "We have an excellent relationship with Real Madrid and in fact recently we signed an agreement with its [charity, Real Madrid] foundation. "They have proposed to us, and to other companies, renaming the stadium, but we are only talking about this possibility."

Atletico Madrid thrash Austria Vienna 4-0 to reach last 16 | Sky Sports Football
Centre-back Joao Miranda got the ball rolling by scoring the first after 11 minutes, and soon Raul Garcia doubled the advantage with a headed goal. Filipe Luis increased the lead on the stroke of half-time and then Diego Costa finally added his name to the scoresheet on 82 minutes.

Villarreal's Giovani dos Santos out for two weeks with thigh injury | Sky Sports
Villarreal forward Giovani dos Santos will be sidelined for two weeks after suffering a thigh injury. The Mexico international suffered the injury during Monday night's 1-0 win over Elche and was withdrawn just before half-time.

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