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FC Barcelona News: 22 August 2013; Barca Earn Hard-Fought Draw Against Atletico, Neymar Scores First Barcelona Goal

Denis Doyle

Atlético Madrid - FC Barcelona: Neymar scores and the Camp Nou will decide (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Just as Tata Martino predicted in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday, the tie between FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will be decided at the Camp Nou. Barça, fettered from the start and unchained at the end, deserved more against Atlético, but scoring an all-important away goal in a two-leg tie is never a bad result.

Messi substituted as a precaution | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi ceded his spot on the pitch to Cesc Fàbregas at halftime in the match against Atlético Madrid this evening. Barça’s No10 was substituted as a precaution after the player noticed discomfort in his left thigh. Messi will undergo further tests this Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.

Neymar's first official goal for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
At 24 minutes past midnight, Neymar scored his first official goal for his new club. He headed home just seven minutes after coming on for Pedro. In just two official matches, six different players have already scored for Barça. Alexis, Messi (2), Alves, Pedro (2) and Xavi all scored in the 7-0 win against Levante.

Tata Martino: "The first half was theirs, the second was ours" | FC Barcelona
The away leg of the Spanish Super Cup ended in a 1-1 draw, and the result means that the title is very much up for grabs. Tata Martino evaluated the one-all draw after the match: "it’s a result that does justice to what happened on the pitch ... The match had very distinct parts, they dominated the first half and we dominated the second."

Mascherano: "The match was very equal, the result is fair" | FC Barcelona
Mascherano and Xavi talked to the press after this evening’s match against Atlético Madrid (1-1). The Argentinian praised the defensive work and intensity shown by Barça’s opponent: "Atlético are a very tough team. They know how to compete and they believe in their manager."

Liga - Neymar makes case for starting place - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
The Argentine brought Neymar on in the 59th minute at the Calderon with the side trailing against an abrasive and well-organised Atletico, and he shrugged off the animosity of the home crowd to head the equaliser. "I score very few goals with my head so for this reason I value them more," Neymar said. "I'm pleased with the goal because it helped my colleagues. The important thing is to help the team."

Busquets: "Playing against Villa is going to be strange" | FC Barcelona
The Spanish Super Cup is due to start in just a couple of hours, and for Sergio Busquets the match against Atlético Madrid is going to be special because he’ll play against his former team-mate, David Villa: "He spent many years here and now, suddenly, he’s going to be on the pitch with different uniform on, it’s going to be strange."

Barcelona rebuff Napoli & Inter's Montoya interest -
"Inter and Napoli have asked about my client but Barcelona have been clear from the start that the player is not for sale," Orobitg said to calciomercato. "In the coming weeks we will continue to talk about a contract renewal. You never use the word ‘impossible’ in football, but Martin is unlikely to leave."

Xabi Alonso injury gives Real Madrid midfield conundrum - ESPN FC
Carlo Ancelotti is set to use Thursday’s night’s Trofeo Bernabeu exhibition match, which is billed as an homage to returning former Real Madrid hero Raul, to assess his midfield options amid concerns about cover in the area after Xabi Alonso’s latest injury setback.

Santos midfielder Alan Santos confirms Real Madrid offer | Football News | Sky Sports
Santos' highly-rated defensive midfielder Alan Santos has confirmed that Real Madrid have made an offer for his services. The 22-year has recently broken into the Brazilian outfit's first-team plans, but Carlo Ancelotti's side have tabled a bid which would involve Santos initially joining on loan to with a view to a permanent deal.

Athletic Bilbao sign midfielder Mikel Rico from rivals Granada | Football News | Sky Sports
Athletic announced on their website: "Athletic Club and Granada CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Mikel Rico to our club. The player has signed a contract until June 30 2016 with a buy-out clause of 35 million euros."

Espanyol's Wakaso Mubarak set to seal Rubin Kazan move - ESPN FC
Wakaso Mubarak finally looks set to join Rubin Kazan from Espanyol in a transfer worth a reported €6 million. Mubarak, 23, who has been linked with Premier League clubs including Swansea and Everton, will either leave for the Russian club or agree to stay at Espanyol for another season, Pericos president Joan Collet told Mundo Deportivo.

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