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FC Barcelona News: 29 April 2013; Javier Masherano Trains on the Pitch, Isaac Cuenca Wants to Extend Loan

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

Sunday training session | FC Barcelona
The first team players had a recovery training session on Sunday morning at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. The players who started the game in San Mamés (2-2), together with Adriano and Messi, did recovery exercises plus physio treatment in the gym. Meanwhile, the rest of the squad exercised on the pitch under a rain-filled Barcelona sky.

Stats and facts from the 2-2 at the San Mamés | FC Barcelona
Cesc was named to the starting team for the seventh time in a row in the league. The last time he started on the bench was at the Bernabéu. The midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday, so he will not be available for selection against Betis next week.

Crucial week ahead as Bayern and Betis visit the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It’s yet another crucial week ahead for Barça with matches against Bayern and Betis in the Camp Nou. On Wednesday, Barça will face a difficult, but not impossible, task against Bayern, followed by a return to league action on Sunday against Betis (kick-off 9 pm).

Leo Messi's 12 goals against teams from the Bundesliga | FC Barcelona
Bundesliga teams seem to be Leo Messi’s favourite in the Champions League. German sides have conceded a total of 12 goals to the Argentine forward in the European competition, and Bayern Munich is squarely in Messi’s sights as the Bavarians are set to visit the Camp Nou on Wednesday for the return leg of the Champions League semi-final.

‘Barça, Pride, Barça’, the mosaic against Bayern | FC Barcelona
On Wednesday against Bayern the Camp Nou will look at its very best. Members and fans will have the opportunity to display a mosaic in the colours of the Catalan flag and of Barça. The central slogan for one of the most important games of the season will be the words ‘Barça, Orgull, Barça’, (Barça, Pride, Barça).

Isaac Cuenca keen to remain at Ajax next season to further his development | Sky Sports
The 22-year-old has made just five appearances since joining on loan from Barcelona in the summer after suffering from knee injuries. The Spaniard played the final nine minutes of Ajax's 2-0 win at NAC Breda - a victory which saw them maintain their four-point lead at the top of the Eredivisie table.

Ronaldo back in training, but... | Football Espana
Cristiano Ronaldo was back in training this afternoon for Real Madrid, but could only work on his own as he looks to recover from a thigh injury. Despite no official comment from Los Blancos, reports have suggested that the Portuguese attacker picked up a knock during the club's 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

Crucial win for Sociedad | Sky Sports Football
Roberto Soldado gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half but Inigo Martinez's volleyed goal put Philippe Montanier's side back on level terms. Goals from Chory Castro and Imanol Agirretxe late in the second half appeared to have sealed the win for the Basques. However, Jonas pulled one back for Valencia just as injury time approached to set up a tense finish, before Agirretxe scored again to put the result beyond doubt.

Malaga bounce back |
Malaga boosted their hopes of a top-four finish in the Primera Division with a narrow victory over mid-table Getafe at La Rosaleda. Goals either side of half time by Roque Santa Cruz and Weligton put the hosts in control, before Juan Valera grabbed a consolation for Getafe with 15 minutes left.

Sevilla held to draw | Sky Sports Football
Unai Emery's men went into the game knowing a win could have left them with an outside but fighting chance of making Europe next season. But they left Jose Zorrilla with a point that leaves them off the pace - Alvaro Negredo's second-half penalty getting them a share of the spoils after Javi Guerra's opener.

Granada pull clear of drop zone | Sky Sports Football
Granada pulled themselves clear of the relegation zone after holding out for a narrow 1-0 victory at Espanyol. A superb free-kick by Nolito was enough to see off Javier Aguirre's side, who were the better team throughout the match but were unable to take their chances.

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