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FC Barcelona News: 6 March 2013; Victor Valdes Given Four Game Ban, Real Madrid Advance in Champions League

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Valdes handed four-match ban -
The Primera Division leaders will have to make do without the services of their first-choice goalkeeper for a number of weeks. Barcelona have announced on their official website that Victor Valdes has been handed a four-match suspension following his dismissal in Saturday's 2-1 La Liga loss away against Real Madrid.

Twenty players at training | FC Barcelona
After two days off, the FC Barcelona first team was back at work on Tuesday morning on pitch 1 at the Ciutat Esportiva. There were 20 first team players available, while Xavi Hernández did physiotherapy as he recovers from a hamstring injury and Pedro and Dos Santos, who both have colds, worked out in the gym.

Mascherano: "The positive thing is that it’s still in our hands" | FC Barcelona
"The best way to lift ourselves is to think about what we’ve got left. We have to think positively. Things aren’t going the way we want them to, and there are things we have to improve. But the only way to improve is by working hard and having a positive, winning mentality".

Jordi Alba: "I’m very sure we’ll go through to the next round" | FC Barcelona
The shows of confidence from FC Barcelona’s first team players ahead of the decisive Champions League round of 16 return leg against AC Milan keep on popping up, and the message – regardless of who is delivering it – is identical. This Tuesday it was Jordi Alba who said: "I’m very sure we’ll go through to the next round."

Fifth tour of Asia for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will play three matches this summer in Asia. The team will travel to China on August 3, Thailand on August 7, and Malaysia on August 10, where they will play against three teams that have yet to be announced. This will be Barça’s fifth tour of Asia in the last 10 years. Here’s an overview of the first four:

Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo dumps out 10-man Manchester United | Sky Sports Football
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford to dump 10-man Manchester United out of the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid triumphed 2-1 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate. The second leg of the last-16 encounter turned firmly in the favour of the side from Spain the moment referee Cuneyt Cakir brandished a shock red card to Nani in the 56th minute following the winger's clumsy, but not malicious, high challenge on Alvaro Arbeloa.

Hamstring injury for Di Maria | Football Espana
Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria faces tests later today to determine the extent of a suspected hamstring injury suffered against Manchester United. The Argentine was forced out of the Champions League Last 16 second leg before half-time complaining of discomfort in his left leg.

Simeone extends Atletico deal - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"Atletico Madrid and Diego Pablo Simeone have reached an agreement on the coach's contract extension for the next four seasons," the La Liga club said in a statement on their website ( on Tuesday.Argentine Simeone, who will be 43 next month, took over after the sacking of Gregorio Manzano midway through last season and promptly led the side to Europa League glory with victory over Spanish rivals Athletic Bilbao in the final.

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