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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2014; Barça Held by Getafe, Dani Alves Picks Up Hamstring Injury

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FC Barcelona held by Getafe (0-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça gradually started turning their domination of the ball into chances, with a lively Luis Suárez involved in almost all of them, either by supplying assists or shooting at goal but to no avail. In fact, it was Getafe’s Lafita who probably came closest to scoring in the first 45 minutes, following up a great solo run with a fine strike that forced the very best out of an inspired Claudio Bravo.

Getafe draw 'a step backwards' for Xavi | FC Barcelona
Barça only got a point from the trip to the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez to play Getafe, and for Xavi Hernández that’s "a step backwards. We tried it all in the kind of game we’re used to facing, but if you can’t break the deadlock things get difficult".

Luis Enrique rues wasted opportunities | FC Barcelona
After the goalless draw in Getafe, Barça manager Luis Enrique Martínez preferred to focus on the positives "We were better than the opposition" he said. "We had a lot of chances. If any of them had materialised we’d be talking about a good game. We attacked their goal an infinite number of times in the second half and created plenty of chances to score."

Facts and figures from Getafe | FC Barcelona
The 0-0 draw at the Coliseum was Barça’s second goalless draw of the season following the game in Malaga in week 5. The team wore the same orange strip in Malaga as they did on Saturday and, in fact, in the four games the kit has been worn Barça have kept clean sheets.

Dani Alves out with hamstring strain | FC Barcelona
Dani Alves picked up a hamstring strain in Saturday night’s draw against Getafe which will keep him out of Tuesday’s Cup game against Huesca. The Brazilian wing back was given treatment for the injury during training this morning and his availability for next weekend’s game remains in doubt.

Dani Alves 200 league appearances | FC Barcelona
Against Getafe, Dani Alves played his 200th league fixture for FC Barcelona. The Brazilian started the game at full back and was replaced by his compatriot Adriano after 80 minutes of the 0-0 draw. In those games, he has found the target 15 times and has been sent off three times. He joined the club in the summer of 2008, and has played at right back in an average of 27 games a season since.

FC Barcelona Keen To Sign Danilo As Dani Alves’ Replacement
FC Barcelona signed Douglas from Sao Paolo this summer while they also have Martin Montoya, who is a La Masia graduate, in their ranks and both are specialist right backs but coach Luis Enrique is not at all convinced with their ability to succeed Dani Alves in the longer run. Hence, Luis Enrique has asked Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarretta to look outside and now, the club has set its eyes on Danilo of FC Porto.

The week ahead: FC Barcelona's last games before Christmas | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have two important games to get through before they can relax for the festive season. The first is on Tuesday at home to Huesca in the cup, with the Catalans well in command after winning the first leg 4-0 a fortnight ago.

Overreaction Theatre: 'Fat' Luis Suarez 'overrated' and a 'flop' | Eurosport
Sense. Reason. Logic. Perspective. Take these nouns outside, throw them down a well, set the well on fire and then shoot the fire, because this is Overreaction Theatre. If it were a real theatre, the only reviews it would draw would be people self-flagellating alternately in despair and then in awe of the quality of the productions on offer. Yes, a lot like an Italian opera theatre, you are correct.

FC Barcelona v CD Mirandés: Unrewarded creativity (1-3) | FC Barcelona
Barça B have lost 3-1 at home to Mirandés in a game they probably deserved to win. The Catalans got off to what looked like a fine start, creating plenty of danger, but then Mirandés struck after 13 minutes when a Carnicer corner was headed home at the far post by Urko Vera.

Real Madrid's semi-final clash with Cruz Azul moved to Marrakech | Football News | Sky Sports
Saturday's quarter-final between Cruz Azul and Western Sydney Wanderers was played in torrential conditions at the Rabat stadium, with pools of standing water on the pitch making life tough for the players. Now FIFA has announced that Tuesday's match between Madrid and Cruz Azul has changed venues.

Valencia back in the groove | Sky Sports Football
Sofiane Feghouli opened the scoring for Nuno's side after 13 minutes and then struck again from close range on 35 minutes, with Pablo Piatti hitting the third immediately after. The only blemish for the hosts was Andre Gomes getting sent off in the second half for two bookable offences, but overall this was a convincing display from a Valencia side who had last won a league game at the start of November.

Espanyol strike late for 2-1 victory | Sky Sports Football
Christian Stuani scored a last-minute winner for Espanyol as they claimed a 2-1 victory over 10-man Granada on Sunday. Felipe Caicedo opened the scoring for the hosts before the break with Youssef El Arabi levelling for Granada in the 61st minute.

Samu gives Malaga victory | Sky Sports Football
Javi Gracia's men made it two wins from two as they built on last weekend's 1-0 triumph at Deportivo La Coruna to condemn their opponents to their fourth-straight Primera Division defeat. The three points moved Malaga up into sixth, while Celta remain two spots further back in a close mid-table position.

Cordoba and Levante draw 0-0 | Sky Sports Football
Only Granada have managed fewer than the 11 goals scored by both Cordoba and Levante this term, and the two relegation rivals again struggled in front of net as the spoils were deservedly shared in Andalusia. Both teams can at least feel the draw keeps them heading in the right direction, with Levante now having only lost once in their last seven league and cup games, while Cordoba have tasted defeat just once in five Primera Division matches.