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FC Barcelona News: 30 April 2013; Lionel Messi Sets Another Milestone, Skomina Appointed Barça-Bayern Referee

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Messi equals Samitier and now only trails Alcántara | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is still on unstoppable course to become the highest goalscorer FC Barcelona has ever had. His goal at San Mamés was number 333 in his personal account. That is the same figure achieved by Josep Samitier in all games for Barça, placing Messi joint second and only bettered by the legendary Paulino Alcántara (369).

Skomina to take charge of Barcelona-Bayern Munich -
The Slovenian is known for his confident no-nonsense approach which has drawn him plenty of plaudits. The official refereed in three games at Euro 2012 and took control of the 2012 Super Cup final between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid where the Spanish side ran out 4-1 winners.

FC Barcelona – Bayern Munich, did you know… | FC Barcelona
Barça will host Bayern on Wednesday at the Camp Nou after last week’s 4-0 defeat in Munich. The two teams will battle it out for a spot in the final of the Champions League, which is scheduled for May 25th. Here’s an overview of the juiciest stats and facts surrounding tomorrow’s match:

Ten consecutive victories against German teams at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Ever since Bayern’s 1-2 victory over Barça in 1998, the Blaugrana have defeated every German team to visit the Camp Nou (10). Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Schalke 04, Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin – all in the Champions League – have all fallen to the Blaugrana.

FC Barcelona's long track record of fighting back in a Champions League tie after an away-leg defeat | FC Barcelona
The Blaugrana have shown that they can react after losing the away leg of a Champions League tie. Since the 1959/60 season, Barça have lost the first match of a double-header tie 12 times but they fought back on 8 occasions in the return leg. In addition to the victories, Barça also secured three draws and lost only once, against Real Madrid in the 1959/60 season.

Operation 3-0: What Real Madrid must do to overturn Dortmund deficit -
While Barcelona face what looks like an impossible task in overturning their 4-0 reverse at Bayern Munich last Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in Dortmund has given Madrid more hope of advancing to the Wembley showpiece next month. And three goals will suffice, providing a clean sheet can be kept.

A mix of Barça and Real Madrid, Real Sociedad put the fun in football | Sid Lowe |
Right now, you could make the case for saying that Real Sociedad are the best side in Spain. Certainly the best to watch. They have a mix of Barcelona and Madrid: they can keep the ball and move it, quickly and accurately, speeding up and slowing down as they see fit to control the game and deny the opposition possession; but when they break they are deadly, slick and swift, like Madrid, vertical: Vela, Castro and Griezmann are extremely quick.

Real Sociedad close in on Champions League - ESPN FC
"We are in the final sprint now," he added. "It is a good advantage. We must keep going. We are going to enjoy ourselves for two days and then return to the same work, the same attitude. It is a good advantage, but not definitive."

Betis Europe bid checked in home draw with Depor - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Depor forward Riki galloped through to open the scoring in the seventh minute at Betis's Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville before Jorge Molina levelled for the home side four minutes after halftime. The result left Betis in seventh on 49 points, four adrift of sixth-placed Valencia, while Depor are 17th, one above the relegation places.

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