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FC Barcelona News: 28 April 2013; Barça Draw at San Mamés, Real Madrid Win El Derbi Madrileño

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

League title will have to wait (2-2) | FC Barcelona
A last gasp equalizer from Ander Herrera thwarted the team’s hope of wrapping up the league tonight and whatever happens in Madrid, the title will have to wait. Barça’s last ever game in San Mames will be remembered as a real epic battle, played in the rain at a typically high tempo and with plenty of goals and chances.

Jordi Roura: "We are closer to our objective" | FC Barcelona
"Messi is well. He’s recovering as planned and he played a good match today," said Roura when asked about Leo Messi, who was subbed on in the 57th minute of the match. The Argentine scored one goal and provided an assist for Alexis. "We have to take this one game at a time. We’ll try to win the title. It’s very difficult to win away to Athletic, we had the match won and they showed us why they are hard to defeat."

Thiago: "Athletic Club always try to win, they never give up" | FC Barcelona
Once again Thiago Alcántara was named to the starting line-up, this time against Athletic Club. The match had two distinct periods - before and after Messi came onto the pitch - but the midfielder was singled out for praise by Roura after the game. Despite leading throughout most of the second half, the Blaugrana watched as Athletic Club scored the equaliser in the final seconds of the match.

Leo Messi breaks more records in San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was the outstanding player of the match in San Mamés (2-2). When he came on in the 58th minute, he turned the game around for Barça. In just eight minutes he created a clear goal scoring opportunity for Pedro and hit a beautiful equaliser from just inside the area. This was his 24th away goal of the season – a new record in the competition.

FC Barcelona could win La Liga next Sunday at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Barça could be crowned champions on Sunday, May 5 ,at the Camp Nou but only if Real Madrid lose or draw on May 4. Los Blancos will host Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabéu and only a defeat or a tie would open the door to the title for Tito Vilanova’s men next weekend.

101 goals in La Liga | FC Barcelona
In addition to this year, FC Barcelona netted more than 100 goals in the 2011/12 season (114), the 2008/09 season (105) and the 1996/97 season (102). What’s particularly interesting about this season is the speed with which Barça have netted their goals. This is the first time in Club history that the Blaugrana have reached the century mark this early in the competition.

San Mames - always a tough ground | FC Barcelona
When Barça run out onto the San Mames pitch for the last ever time this evening, they will face a Bilbao team who have not enjoyed anything like their legendary home success this season. Bielsa’s side are down in 14th spot and have what is for them a very poor home record in this their last campaign at the San Mames – having won seven, lost seven and drawn two games.

'This Barcelona is not dead' - Luis Fernandez -
The former France international believes that despite a hammering at the hands of Bayern Munich, the current Blaugrana crop can still go on to enjoy much success. Ex-Paris Saint-Germain boss Luis Fernandez says Barcelona are not "dead" following their Champions League humiliation on Tuesday night.

Bayern defeat Freiburg (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich coasted to victory against Freiburg, who are fifth in the Bundesliga. Mario Gómez, Javi Martínez and Frank Ribéry featured for the Bundesliga champions while Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger did not suit up for the match.

FC Barcelona pre-season taking shape | FC Barcelona
Barça will prepare for the 2013/14 season with games in Europe and Asia - the fifth time that the Club have vivited the Far East following trips ahead of the 2004/05, 2005/07, 2007/08 and 2010/11 campaigns. This year, the team will visit Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Bangkok in Thailand.

Real edge Atletico in Madrid derby - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Despite conceding an early goal and chasing the game for large periods, Los Blancos made it 10 successive wins over their fierce rivals and consolidated their position in the automatic Champions League spots. The win puts Real six points ahead of Atletico in second place, and gives them a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League second-leg with Borussia Dortmund.

Canas to join Swansea - reports - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Swansea are set to sign Jose Alberto Canas from Real Betis, according to reports in the Spanish press. The midfielder has been virtually ever-present in the Verdiblancos side this season, playing 26 League games so far for Pepe Mel's men. But 20 Minutos has claimed that the 25-year-old, whose contract in Andalusia runs out in June, has agreed to join the Premier League side for free next term.

Vital victory for Celta | Sky Sports Football
Celta Vigo temporarily moved out of the Primera Division relegation zone after a solitary Augusto Fernandez goal helped them to a vital win away to Levante. The Argentinian headed home midway through the first half, making his side's domination count.

Zaragoza off the bottom | Sky Sports Football
Tomer Hemed's early opener for Mallorca was overturned by goals from Paco Montanes and Helder Postiga, but the Balearic islanders looked to have nicked a point when Javier Arizmendi scored seven minutes from time. However, in a thrilling finale, Ruben Rochina fired Zaragoza back in front before Arizmendi had a second 'goal' ruled out for offside.

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