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FC Barcelona News: 3 March 2014; Barça Cut Real Madrid Lead to Single Point After Comfortable Win Over Almería

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FC Barcelona v UD Almeria: Reaction with goals (4-1) | FC Barcelona
It took until the 83rd minute for Barça to secure the three points against Almeria. The eventual 4-1 win could easily have been achieved in the first half, but some great football was only reflected by two goals, and Almeria managed to grab one of their own to add to the drama.

Messi scores a superb free kick | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi scored his 15th goal in La Liga this evening, against Almería. The Argentinian, who was approximately 20 meters from goal, fired an impeccable free kick that dramatically arched around the wall of four Almería players and beat Esteban on the near post. The ball seemed like it was surely going out for a goal kick.

"The first half was impeccable", says Jorge Pautasso | FC Barcelona
Jorge Pautasso talked to the press after this evening’s match against Almería in Tata Martino’s place. "The first half was impeccable, we constantly created chances, and we did well to recovered possession. We had 10 clear chances to score, but in the second half we lacked depth, despite having the ball. In the end, however, we closed out the game. The goal margin we won by is justified," said the assistant manager.

Jorge Pautasso - Barcelona struggle to defend set-pieces - ESPN FC
Eight of the 21 goals -- 37 percent -- conceded by Gerardo Martino’s men in La Liga this season have now come from corners, with two more being from other free kicks around the penalty area -- something opponents as well as statisticians have picked up on.

"We were eager to play and win again," says Sergio Busquets | FC Barcelona
After the 4-1 victory against Almería, Sergio Busquets said that "the players were eager to play and win again" after last weekend’s game away to Real Sociedad. "It wasn’t our best match, but it was important to win the three points," he added.

FC Barcelona v Almeria: warm-up at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
Here’s a video to enjoy of the FC Barcelona players warming up last night at Camp Nou. The team thus redeemed themselves after defeat at Anoeta and took advantage of the draw in the Madrid derby

Report reveals Camp Nou only 72% full - Goal.com
A report has revealed that Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium has just the sixth best capacity to attendance ratio in La Liga. According to data compiled by statistics website soccersay.com, an average of 71,963 supporters attend matches at the Catalan ground, meaning that the stadium is, on average, 72 per cent full during games.

Allan Simonsen relives his accomplishments at the FC Barcelona Museum | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona Museum was visited by a Barça legend hours before kick off at the Camp Nou. Allan Simonsen returned to what was his home from 1979 to 1982. The former Danish player was able to visit the expositions that feature his accomplishments as a Barça player: the 1982 Cup Winners Cup (he scored in the final at the Camp Nou) and the 1981 Cup.

Manchester City win the Capital One Cup (3-1) | FC Barcelona
Manchester City defeated Sunderland 3-1 this Sunday afternoon and thus claimed the Capital One Cup. FC Barcelona’s Champions League knock-out round rival fought back from a one-goal deficit thanks to two fantastic goals from Yaya Touré and Nasri. In injury time, Navas netted the final goal of the match.

Atlético Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid | The Guardian
Real Madrid emerged battered and bruised from an intense, compelling derby at the Vicente Calderón but they also remained as league leaders, after a hugely significant Cristiano Ronaldo goal. Things have changed in the city but Atlético have still not beaten Real at home this century. They should have done. A draw ended a run of eight consecutive Vicente Calderón derby defeats and keeps Diego Simeone's side in the title race but privately they will reflect on an opportunity lost.

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Real Madrid would have paid Manchester United 150 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo - ESPN FC
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he told Manchester United to put a 150 million pound price tag on Cristiano Ronaldo’s head in 2009 -- and believes Real Madrid would have paid it. The Portuguese winger became the most expensive player in football history when he joined the Spanish club for 80 million pounds but Ferguson believes United could have brought in almost twice as much money.

Wenger confirms Griezmann interest | Football Espana
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is monitoring Real Sociedad midfielder Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann was recently called into the France national team set-up for the first time and has attracted attention from across Europe. According to the British Press, Wenger told French television that he is well aware of Griezmann, adding that he is far from the only interested party.

Rock-bottom Betis deny Villarreal | ESPNFC.com
Villarreal lost ground to Athletic Bilbao in their bid to finish fourth in the Primera Division as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to bottom side Real Betis. The hosts looked set to take all three points when Bruno Soriano gave them the lead from the penalty spot in the 70th minute, but the game changed 10 minutes later when Uche Ikechuwku was sent off for a second booking.

Gameiro the star for Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Substitute Kevin Gameiro's second-half strike was all that separated the teams as Sevilla claimed a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Gameiro struck after 77 minutes to end Sociedad's two-match winning run as Unai Emery's Red and Whites moved up a place in the Primera Division table to seventh.

Rayo boost survival hopes | Sky Sports Football
A solitary goal by Joaquin Larrivey gave relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano all three points against Valencia, moving the Madrid side to within three points of safety. The Argentinian striker headed in the only goal of the game on 61 minutes and Valencia were dealt a further blow when Antonio Barragan was sent off a quarter of an hour later for picking up a second booking.