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FC Barcelona News: 23 December 2013; Pedro Leads Comeback Against Getafe, Andres Iniesta Signs Contract Extension

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Getafe CF - FC Barcelona: Pedro and Cesc lead leaders' fightback(2-5) | FC Barcelona
Pedro proved to be Barça's Christmas present in Getafe, leading a great fighback with three goals for an important win at a tough ground and with a side devastated by injuries and suspensions. Two early goals from Getafe looked to have set an even more difficult task for Martino's team, but they fought back with quality, character and pride. Pedro scored three, set up another and forced a penalty with a wonderful performance.

Pedro nets his second hat-trick for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Madrid is a good place for Pedro Rodríguez. Three months ago the FC Barcelona forward scored his first hat-trick for Barça, against Rayo Vallecano, and this evening he repeated the feat in Madrid territory.

"We secured an important victory," says Jordi Alba | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba was one of the standout players in the match against Getafe as he assisted Pedro for one of the forward’s three goals. Despite the win, Alba admitted that the team didn’t get off to the best of starts: "We conceded two goals because we were relaxed, but the team reacted and we ended up playing a good game."

Tata Martino is pleased with the team's growth | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino talked to the press after his team’s convincing 2-5 win away to Getafe. The manager, who noted that his men finished the game brilliantly, analysed Barça’s come-from-behind win. "We are growing and that’s what we have to focus on. We maintained our form despite being down two goals and we ended up playing a really good game," said the manager, who added that "we played well for 70 minutes. It’s not easy to come back from a 2-0."

Alba and Alves together again | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto has started four of Barça’s last five matches. Getafe was his first game in the league after two against Cartagena in the cup and one against Celtic in the Champions League.

Iniesta signs extension until 2018 | FC Barcelona
On Monday at midday, Andrés Iniesta signed a new contract binding him to FC Barcelona until June 30, 2018. The event took place in the Club offices, where the midfielder was joined by president Sandro Rosell, and the vice-president responsible for the Sports Area, Josep Maria Bartomeu, as well as director of sport Andoni Zubizarreta and the player’s agent.

FC Barcelona warm up in Getafe | FC Barcelona
Barça ended 2013 in wonderful style with another win to stay top of the first division. Despite going two-down to Getafe, goals from Pedro (3) and Cesc (2) changed the whole course of the match. This video shows the players warming up before the game at a stadium they’ll soon be returning to for the next round of the Copa del Rey.

First team back on December 30 | FC Barcelona
The foreigners, apart from Adriano and Jonathan dos Santos, who are staying in Barcelona, won’t be due back until Thursday January 2. Martino has morning and evening sessions planned for that day as he starts getting his team ready for the first game of the new year on Sunday January 5 at the Camp Nou against Elche (16.00).

FC Barcelona congratulate Bayern Munich on wining the FIFA Club World Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona would like to congratulate Bayern Munich on winning the FIFA Club World Cup in Marrakesh. Morocco. The Club congratulates Bayern's players, coaches, directors and supporters and special wishes go to ex-Club player and coach Josep Guardiola.

2013 Summary: This was April at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Abidal and Tito Vilanova return to the Camp Nou, the Champions League tie against PSG, the 100 goals in the league, the Liga Asobal title... these are some of the highlights of the month.

2013 Summary: This was May at FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Here are some of the highlights of May 2013, including the historic league title win and the announcement of Neymar's signing.

Madrid to tie up Xabi Alonso deal, Barcelona search for a striker: January plans for La Liga's big clubs -
Barcelona begin 2014 boosted by the renewal of Andres Iniesta, who signs his new deal on Monday, and the return to fitness of Lionel Messi. However, there are still other matters to resolve for the Catalan club, with defender Marc Bartra out of contract in the summer and yet to pen a new agreement, and Martin Montoya's future also up in the air amid interest from Liverpool.

Jese snatches win for Real | Sky Sports Football
Jese found a gap between Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and his near post with eight minutes left to give Madrid the spoils in a match which saw the managerless home side twice fight back from a goal down. Angel Di Maria (28) and Cristiano Ronaldo (40) had put the visitors ahead but Valencia had levelled both times through headers from Pablo Piatti (34) and Jeremy Mathieu (62).

Alonso suffers eardrum injury -
Real Madrid have confirmed that midfielder Xabi Alonso suffered a perforated eardrum in the 3-2 win over Valencia on Sunday. The Spain international collided with Jeremy Mathieu on the hour-mark at Mestalla but soldiered on to play the rest of the match. He immediately underwent tests on the injury after the game and it has now been confirmed that he has a tear in his left eardrum.

Valencia offered cash injection by Singapore billionaire - Yahoo Eurosport UK
The arrival of Lim could offer a new dawn for the club and the plan would be for him to buy the 70 per cent share belonging to the Valencia Foundation. Lim is ready to invest between 30m (£25m) and 50m (£41.8m) euros in the January transfer window with the aim of winning a place in the Champions League.

Espanyol 4-2 Real Valladolid |
Espanyol produced a dominant performance to swat aside Valladolid 4-2 at Cornella-El Prat. Javier Aguirre's side looked far more determined than their opponents for the majority of the 90 minutes, suffocating them with high pressing which led to three of their four goals.

Celta draw with Osasuna | Sky Sports Football
Emiliano Armenteros gave Osasuna a 17th-minute lead with the woodwork preventing the hosts from going even further behind moments later. Augusto Fernandez headed home an equaliser in the 34th minute and although both sides tested the opposition goalkeeper, there was no further score.

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