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FC Barcelona News: 4 April 2013; Lionel Messi To Miss RCD Mallorca Game, Mixed Results for Real Madrid, Malaga

This would be a good time for Cesc to step up.
This would be a good time for Cesc to step up.
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Messi to miss Mallorca game | FC Barcelona
The Club’s medical services have revealed that Leo Messi’s hamstring injury will definitely rule him out of this weekend’s game against Mallorca, whilst his availability after that will depend on how the injury progresses. The Barça number 10 felt a twinge in his right hamstring towards the end of the first half last night and failed to reappear after the break, with Cesc taking his place.

Recovery session with four B team players | FC Barcelona
The players were back at work at the Ciutat Esportiva this morning after returning in the early hours from last night’s draw in Paris. With the injured Messi and Mascherano both missing, the rest of the players who figured against PSG did some gentle recovery work.

2-2, historically an excellent result for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Even though the result isn’t as good as the Blaugrana had hoped for, history shows that a 2-2 in the first of a two-leg tie is very favourable to Barça. The Blaugrana have gone through to the next round seven of the last eight times they secured an away-leg result of 2-2 far from the Camp Nou in European competitions.

Alves: "Not having Messi is a challenge and an incentive" | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves believes that Leo Messi’s injury, which will keep the Argentine from playing against Mallorca this weekend, is a "challenge" and "an incentive" for the rest of the Barça squad: "the fact that we don’t have him is an incentive to prove to everyone that we have enough quality to compete without him and show that we can do it just was well when he’s here.

Xavi celebration was tribute to cancer boy - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The midfielder made the unusual gesture after converting a late penalty in La Blaugrana’s eventual 2-2 draw in Paris in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Barca’s official website have explained today in a statement that the 33-year-old’s celebration was in response to a request made by a 10-year-old boy named Miquel, who suffers with Leukemia.

Facts and figures from the Paris game | FC Barcelona
Xavi scored his first ever penalty for the Club in the game and also made his 150th European appearance. Messi scored his 60th European goal, overtaking Larsson and Henry, who both managed 59.

Rewind to 2010: Messi touches greatness - ESPN FC
By 2010, Lionel Messi was already well established on the world stage. In fact, from the moment the diminutive Argentine was thrust into first-team action six years earlier, he had been tipped for greatness, although few would ever have been able to predict such a meteoric rise.

Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray | The Guardian
There is another match to come but Real Madrid would be entitled to feel that their work here is done. After six successive seasons without winning a single knockout tie in the tournament they consider their own, a third successive Champions League semi-final beckons for José Mourinho's team thanks to an ultimately comfortable victory over Galatasaray.

Sergio Ramos: I did not get booked deliberately -
The Spain international has dismissed the notion that he picked up a Champions League suspension on purpose to ensure his semi-final availability. Sergio Ramos has laughed off suggestions that he picked up a yellow card on purpose in the first leg of Real Madrid's 3-0 Champions League quarter-final win against Galatasaray.

Terim: Referee made mistakes | Football Espana
"I will not discuss the possible penalties, I never talk about referees, but the name of Real Madrid can affect some and sometimes the courage to whistle for clear decisions is lacking," Terim commented at full-time. "You could not say that it was just in his refereeing, but he has made many mistakes.

Malaga hold wasteful Borussia Dortmund 0-0 | Sky Sports Football
Mario Gotze was the guiltiest party for Dortmund as he missed three golden opportunities and Robert Lewandowski fluffed the best opening as Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini saw his team achieve his pre-match objective of not conceding an away goal.

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