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FC Barcelona News: 1 December 2014; Sergio Busquets Gives Barça Last Second Win, Jeremy Mathieu Misses Training

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Valencia CF v FC Barcelona: Busquets saves the day (0-1) | FC Barcelona
It was a gripping encounter from start to finish. All that was missing was the goal. But just when it looked like Saturday’s game between Barça and Valencia was heading for a 0-0 draw, in the third and final minute of injury time, Sergio Busquets produced a winner to secure three massive points for the Catalans at Mestalla.

Five key talking points from the victory in Valencia | FC Barcelona
Claudio Bravo: The Chilean produced three fine saves against Valencia, and was probably the hero of the game until Busquets grabbed the headlines with his goal. He did well against Rodrigo in the first half, then again in a one-on-one with Feghouli in the second, before also denying Negredo late in the game.

Sergio Busquets thrilled with three points | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets was the hero at Mestalla tonight after scoring the only goal of the game in the dying seconds of injury time. "We knew it would be a difficult win against a renewed team" he said afterwards. "They’ve got new players and a new manager. These three points leave a very nice taste in the mouth. They give us extra joy, hope and desire."

Busquets, FC Barcelona goalscorer number eleven | FC Barcelona
Sergio Busquets became the eleventh different goalscorer for FC Barcelona this season. The last time he scored was on February 5 earlier this year in the cup semi-final with Real Sociedad. Last night’s was his 12th goal for the first team.

Luis Enrique impressed with team spirit | FC Barcelona
"I am proud of the team. I have been since the start of the season" said FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique after the 1-0 win in Valencia. "We were up against a difficult opponent. We had chances to score and we played well".

Neymar in headbutt storm - but was Nicolas Otamendi's dive even worse? | Eurosport
Otamendi was understandably unhappy and, as you can see, clasped Neymar’s neck with his hand.This prompted the Barcelona forward to move his head towards his opponent’s face, making contact with the Argentina international. But what followed was, in the opinion of Early Doors, much more embarrassing. But you can make your own minds up.

Valencia to ban fan who threw bottle at Barcelona's Lionel Messi | SPORTAL
"The club will endeavour to locate the person who threw the bottle, and they will be banned for life from Mestalla. "Valencia CF operates a zero tolerance policy on such actions and rigorously enforce all security measures set out by legislation."

The Week Ahead: First cup tie and local derby | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s packed fixture list continues this week with the first game in this season’s edition of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish cup. That’s on Wednesday at 10.00 PM CET at the El Alcoraz, the first game in a two-legged tie. Then on Sunday Barça are at home in the local derby with Espanyol.

Mathieu misses training with a virus | FC Barcelona
Jérémy Mathieu, who started Barça’s game against Valencia at Mestalla, was unable to take part in Monday morning’s training session due to a virus. He will return to action as soon as he is feeling better.

Zubi optimistic about Vermaelen | Football Espana
"In principle, Vermaelen's recovery should be three months after the operation. It's not a disappointment, it's more of a life matter," he told Canal+. "We knew he would arrive injured, so we had a conservative process in place for him. "It was perfect. He had a small tear and it was best to operate on him. He'll perform for us immediately.

Atletico Madrid maintain momentum with win over Deportivo | Sky Sports Football
Atletico Madrid clinched an eighth win in nine matches as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 thanks to goals from Saul and Arda Turan. But this was a day when violent scenes on the Madrid riverside before the game cast a dark shadow over football.

Atletico Madrid hit out at 'scum' following the death of Deportivo fan | Sky Sports
A 43-year-old man died in hospital from a heart attack after he was dragged from a river suffering from hypothermia and head injuries The Deportivo supporter, identified only as "Jimmy" by the club, was discovered amid clashes before the La Liga match in the Spanish capital on Sunday.

Sevilla thrash Granada on Sunday | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla, who had taken just one point from their previous three league games, went ahead through Carlos Bacca's 24th-minute strike but Granada were level by the break thanks to Youssef El Arabi's penalty. That is the way the game stayed until the 66th minute, when Sevilla got their noses back in front through Ever Banega and then further goals from Bacca, Stephane Mbia and Kevin Gameiro completed a one-sided scoreline.

Cordoba 0-2 Villarreal | Sky Sports Football
Villarreal move up to sixth place in the Primera Division after producing a commanding performance to win 2-0 at bottom-side Cordoba. Luciano Vietto hit his eighth goal of the season in all competitions to put the visitors in charge after 24 minutes and substitute Ikechukwu Uche put the game out of Cordoba's reach with 20 minutes to go with a simple finish from a corner.