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FC Barcelona News: 26 October 2014; Barça Lose El Clasico, Andres Iniesta Picks Up Right Calf Injury

Denis Doyle

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona: Defeat in the Clasico (3-1) | FC Barcelona
Despite a dream start, when Neymar swept home an early opener, Barça went down 3-1 in Madrid on Saturday’s first Clasico of the season in a game in which Luis Suarez made his official debut and Claudio Bravo finally conceded.

Luis Enrique: Madrid deserved to win | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique admitted that Real Madrid were superior this evening in their 3-1 victory at the Bernabeu. "I was looking for a different type of game, not so open, and with better defence on our behalf." The Barça manager knows there are mistakes that need correcting after Madrid turned around Neymar's initial goal. "We started out well but then they had clearer chances. We could have made it 2-0, but overall it was a tough first half."

Gerard Pique says result justified | FC Barcelona
Gerard Pique was the first to offer his analysis as soon as the final whistle faded into the night. He said that "in the first half it wasn't so bad, however after their second goal we tried to attack more. And here in the Bernabeu that just opens it up a little more for them to do some damage on the counterattack. But I think the result is fair."

Claudio Bravo leaves record at 754 minutes | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo saw his record for minutes without conceding at the start of the season in La Liga end at 754 minutes. It was a penalty courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 34th minute that ended it. The streak comes to an end after leaving Elche, Villarreal, Athletic Club, Levante, Malaga, Granada, Rayo Vallecano, and Eibar in its wake. The streak brought down Pedro Artola's record to start the league, which was set in 1977/78 at 560 minutes.

Luis Suarez debuts with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez got back to playing 123 days later. He finally felt whole again, once his sanction stemming from the Chiellini affair in the Brazil World Cup offically became part of the past. While Suarez has played in friendlies recently, this is the first time he has done so with the intensity of an official match. And this was no ordinary match, as he got to make his debut with Barça on the stage of all stages, a Clasico versus Real Madrid.

Iniesta right soleus injury confirmed | FC Barcelona
Sunday morning tests have confirmed that Andrés Iniesta has an injured right soleus, and developments will determine when he’ll be able to return to training with the group. He was replaced by Sergi Roberto after 71 minutes of Saturday’s Clasico with Real Madrid.

The 3-1 loss at the Bernabéu in numbers | FC Barcelona
His goal at the Santiago Bernabéu means that Neymar has now scored in six consecutive games, his best ever streak at Barça. The Brazilian has 11 goals in 11 games this term, and is the club’s top scorer, followed by Messi (9) and Sandro (3).

Xisco denies Sociedad - ESPN FC
Sociedad had looked set to pick up only their second league victory of the season after Inigo Martinez's first-half goal saw them leading heading into the dying moments at the Nuevo Arcangel. However, with barely three minutes left on the clock, Cordoba striker Xisco turned in the rebound after the ball had come back off the post to salvage a point for the hosts and leave Sociedad stunned.

Valencia up to third | Sky Sports Football
Los Che were beaten at Deportivo La Coruna last week but showed no signs of the first defeat of their league season affecting them at the Mestalla, with Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi opening the scoring after 13 minutes. Dani Parejo headed the hosts further in front before David Lomban compounded a miserable evening for Elche by turning into his own net just after the hour mark although Jonathas grabbed a consolation in time added on.

Bilbao end unwanted run | Sky Sports Football
Etxeita drove home low 12 minutes into the second half to give the visitors some reason for cheer in a campaign which has so far brought precious little cause for optimism. The win was only Athletic's second in the league this season and ended a nine-match winless run in all competitions. It moved them a point behind their opponents, who themselves have only two league wins to their name this term.

Eibar and Granada play out 1-1 draw | Sky Sports Football
Granada were looked to arrest a four-match losing streak and they made the best possible start when Allan Nyom put them in front after just eight minutes. But newly-promoted Eibar, who have still not won at home since they beat Real Sociedad on the opening day of the season, equalised through Eneko Boveda to ensure the spoils were shared.

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