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FC Barcelona News: 12 June 2013; Alexis Sanchez Scores for Chile, Javier Mascherano Sent off in Draw

David Cannon

Spain 2-0 Rep of Ireland: Soldado and Mata secure victory in New York friendly -
Goals from substitutes Roberto Soldado and Juan Mata ensured Vicente del Bosque's side the victory, but they needed to overcome a determined Irish outfit to seal the win after a sluggish start to proceedings on the East Coast.

CONMEBOL: Colombia win in Peru, Argentina held by Ecuador | Argentina Football News, Fixtures, Results | Sky Sports
Chile moved level with Ecuador on 21 points by recording their seventh win in the competition with a 3-1 home triumph over Bolivia. Jorge Sampaoli's Chile, whose record shows no draws in the tournament from 13 games, took the lead with Eduardo Vargas' 15th-minute strike. Two minutes later, Alexis Sanchez doubled the lead with a header but Marcelo Moreno Martins reduced the deficit after 31 minutes.

Mascherano apologises for kicking medical official -
Javier Mascherano has apologised for kicking a medical official in Argentina's 1-1 World Cup qualification draw against Ecuador. The Barcelona defender earned himself a straight red card in the 86th minute of the encounter after repeatedly kicking a stretcher-bearer in the back whilst he was taken to the sidelines for treatment.

Piqué unconcerned by possible new competition for places | FC Barcelona
"It’s normal for Barça to want to improve each year" he says. "We want to win everything each season and to do that we need the best squad possible. If the club thinks we need knew defenders, so be it. This season we have let in more goals than before and we need to improve."

The Joan Gamper Trophy to be played on August 2 | FC Barcelona
The Joan Gamper Trophy, which is usually celebrated at the end of August, will be held a bit earlier this year. Toni Freixa, secretary and spokesman for the Board of Directors, explained that the match will be played on August 2, at 21.30. Barça’s opponent has yet to be announced.

Laporta ready to stand for Barcelona re-election -
"Every day I’m more excited and more ready to be president again," he is quoted as saying by AS. "There will be elections in 2016 and that will be the time to reflect if I can do it on a professional, personal and family level." "I don’t think the club did enough to try and convince Pep to stay. If he was fed up, the board was partly to blame.

BBVA extends La Liga sponsorship to 2016 - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
At an event in New York attended by international captain Iker Casillas and midfielder Andres Iniesta, the Spanish lender said it was keen to help raise La Liga's worldwide profile. The deal includes an option for a two-year extension to 2018, the LFP added.

Saint Iker still conjuring up miracles for Spain - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Real Madrid shot-stopper came on for Barcelona's Victor Valdes with just over half an hour left at Yankee Stadium and conjured up two trademark reflex saves to deny the Irish an equaliser before Juan Mata's late strike wrapped up a 2-0 win for the world and European champions.

Senna to continue career in US - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Brazil-born Senna, who will turn 37 next month and played 28 times for Spain, made 363 appearances for Villarreal, including 33 this season as the club finished second in the second division to secure promotion back to the top flight.

Malaga's two-season European ban upheld by CAS - ESPN FC
"Malaga Club de Futbol cannot compete in the Europa League next season, despite having achieved qualification on the pitch, after having been informed today of the ruling by CAS, who confirmed the punishment imposed by UEFA," the statement said.

Malaga 'don't understand CAS ruling on European ban' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
"We literally feel driven out of the competition. The club has been working tirelessly for a year in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, which was proven by the granting of the UEFA Licence. "We haven’t had the full explanation as yet, but we don’t understand the basic reasoning behind the decision.

Rayo confirm CAS appeal | Football Espana
Rayo Vallecano have confirmed that they will take their appeal over a rejected application for a UEFA licence to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Hours after seeing fellow Spanish League outfit Malaga’s season long ban from European competition upheld by CAS, the Madrid minnows have released a statement confirming that it is their turn to travel out to Switzerland.

Navas completes City switch - ESPN FC
Navas, 27, completed a medical in New York and has now signed for City for a reported initial fee of £14.9 million. The winger told his new club’s official website: "Manchester City is an exciting project and this is the right moment for me to take this step. I'm very happy with the opportunity and the decision.

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