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FC Barcelona News: 24 March 2014; Barça Win El Clasico, Top Three La Liga Teams Now Within One Point

Brilliant Barça win Bernabeu thriller (3-4) | FC Barcelona
This was an unforgettable game. Just as they did in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Barça took three points from the Santiago Bernabeu to blow the league title race wide open. Di María and Benzema looked to have claimed glory, but in the end it was Leo Messi, with yet another hat trick who took the plaudits as Barça won an action packed and enthralling contest.

Leo Messi: "It was a brilliant match be we have to focus on what's ahead" | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona players are very pleased with this Sunday’s victory at the Santiago Bernabéu. Messi expressed the overall sentiment of the team when he said: "It was a very important victory for us. It was a brilliant game for the fans and for us. We can’t just stop here though, we have forget about what happened and focus on the future."

Tata Martino: "The league starts again here" | FC Barcelona
Days prior to the Clásico, Tata Martino said that the match was "vital" in order to keep Barça’s hopes alive in La Liga. After the 3-4 victory over Real Madrid, the manager said, "La Liga has started over, we’re back in the fight for the title."

Messi surpasses Hugo Sánchez as the second all-time scorer in La Liga and Di Stéfano as the top all-time scorer in Clásicos | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi continues to make history. This Sunday, in the match against Madrid, the Argentinian became the second highest goalscorer in the history of La Liga as he smashed Hugo Sánchez’s record, and surpassed Alfredo Di Stéfano as the player with the most goals in Clásicos. Messi has scored 21 times in Clásicos, while the former Madrid player scored 18.

Press praise "Majestic Messi" | FC Barcelona
The Catalan press were full of praise for Barça’s performance at the Bernabeu, with Leo Messi again gaining the biggest plaudits. As for the Madrid media – the stress was very much on the fact that the league is still to play for.

Real Madrid v FC Barcelona: re-live the 3-4 win in Madrid | FC Barcelona
Sunday’s Madrid-Barça was an unforgettable match and Barça’s win leaves the title race wide open, with Barça just a point behind leaders Atletico and second place Real Madrid. Now you can re-live all the best moments from the game – including Messi’s hat trick and Iniesta’s opener – with the best images from the game.

Tata Martino debuts at the Bernabéu with a victory | FC Barcelona
He joins a select group of Barça managers that won their first game at the Santiago Bernabéu. His predecessors are Pep Guardiola (2-6 in the 2008/09 season), Frank Rijkaard (1-2 in the 2003/04 season), Louis Van Gaal (2-3 in the 1997/98 season) and Terry Venables (0-3 in the 1984/85 season).

Food for thought after another fabulous clasico clash by Graham Hunter - ESPN FC
If you watched it, you'll never forget it. Ninety minutes seared on your consciousness, the memory of which will keep you warm on cold nights and bring colour to a month of humdrum days. Unless you wear one of these two club's colours, let's set the result -- a 4-3 away win for Barcelona -- aside for a minute.

Did the referee wreck the Clasico? -
Barcelona’s winning penalty was the most straight-forward of the lot. Xabi Alonso’s rash decision to amble into Andres Iniesta resulted in the justifiable award of a penalty that would settle the contest. In a match of high emotion and incredible drama, the referee had a pretty good night.

Ronaldo claims Clasico conspiracy in astonishing ref rant - Yahoo Eurosport UK
"There were a lot of errors in one match," he continued. "In a Real Madrid-Barcelona you have to have a referee who is up to the game. I don't want to look for excuses but if you look at the 90 minutes the referee made a lot of mistakes. Really bad. "In my opinion he was not up to a match of this stature. Hopefully it won't be the same in the final of the Copa del Rey.

FC Barcelona warm-up before the game in Madrid | FC Barcelona
Here's a summary of the Barça first team warm-up at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium before the game this Sunday against Real Madrid. Tata Martino's players ended the match beating Real Madrid 3-4, to goals from Lionel Messi (3) and Andrés Iniesta.

Intense day of institutional duties in Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona representatives were engaged in two institutional events before this evening’s Clásico. The first was a New Espai Barça presentation and the second was the traditional meal between directors of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

Atletico maintain title challenge | Sky Sports Football
Atletico Madrid capitalised on the second-half dismissal of Real Betis forward Braian Rodriguez to win 2-0 - a result which was enough for them to go top after Barcelona beat Real Madrid 4-3 later in the evening. Rodriguez saw red in the 55th minute for his second bookable offence, and Atletico scored twice in the next 10 minutes through Gabi and Diego Costa as rock-bottom Real Betis were made to pay.

Valencia rediscover winning touch |
Javi Fuego netted a first-half brace as Valencia got back to winning ways in the Primera Division with a 2-1 victory over Villarreal at the Mestalla. Juan Antonio Pizzi's side, who cruised into the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate win over Ludogorets on Thursday, ended a three-match winless streak in the league on Sunday, moving up two places into eighth as a result.

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