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FC Barcelona News: 13 April 2014; Barça Lose to Granada, Drop to Third Place in La Liga Standings

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Granada CF v FC Barcelona: Everything but the goal (1-0) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have lost by the only goal of the match in Granada. It was one of those games in which the ball just simply didn’t want to go in. The visitors shot no fewer than 29 times, but not one of those was enough to neutralise Brahimi’s opener. This was a very different game to the ones in San Sebastian and Valladolid.

Martino laments lack of accuracy after defeat in Granada | FC Barcelona
In the post match press conference after the game against Granada, Gerardo Martino said that "we no longer depend on ourselves to win the league title" and that the team "did everything possible" to fight back. In addition, the Argentinian manager was clear that "I don’t have any complaints for how my players played" and that "this is a game that we should have won."

Mascherano: "They just didn't want to go in" | FC Barcelona
Barça will face Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, and Mascherano is hoping the team will bounce back for the title match: "I think we deserve to have a great game on Wednesday. We have to pick ourselves up and look forward, because on Wednesday we have a final and we cannot fail."

Facts and Figures from Saturday night's defeat | FC Barcelona
Gerardo Martino’s side had 29 shots - 9 on target, 10 missing the target and 10 of which were blocked. Granada had just 5 shots – but got the only goal of the game. Martín Montoya won most possession for the team -12. It’s been 11 games since Montoya last played: he figured in the 3-1 defeat at Anoeta.

FC Barcelona's warm-up in Nuevo Los Cármenes | FC Barcelona
Check out the warm-up of first team players in Nuevo Los Cármenes stadium for the league match against Granada. The game was won by the Andalusian side thanks to a goal from Brahimi.

Tata's team selection and Barcelona's bad planning to blame as woeful week continues - Goal.com
Injuries in defence meant Barca began with Jose Pinto, Martin Montoya, Sergio Busquets, Javier Mascherano and Adriano at the back. Two midfielders, a ultility man and a second-choice right back. And to make matters worse, the hapless Alex Song was picked to play in front of them. It was, quite literally, a disaster waiting to happen.

Happy 36th, Puyol! | FC Barcelona
Carles Puyol turns 36 years old today. This Sunday the captain celebrates his final birthday as an FC Barcelona player after he announced in early March that he would leave the Club at the end of the season. This is his 15th year in Barça’s first team. He made his debut for the team in 1999 under manager Louis van Gaal, against Valladolid. Since then he’s featured in 593 games and scored 18 goals – his latest was in Round 26 against Almeria.

Third annual FCBEscola International Tournament to kick off on Monday | FC Barcelona
The first games will kick off at 11:00 AM CET and run through 1:30 PM CET, and pick up once again at 3:00 PM CET and end at 8:00 PM CET. The opening ceremony will start at 10:00 AM, and it will be attended by Barça B captain Ilie Sánchez and midfielder Denis Suárez.

New app for fans travelling to the Cup Final in Valencia | FC Barcelona
From Monday, Barça fans heading for Valencia for Wednesday’s Cup Final will be able to download a new application, which is free of charge and available for both iOS and Android systems. The pioneering initiative aims to strengthen Barça’s position on social media, where it leads the way for sports clubs with more than 120 million followers worldwide.

Real Madrid 4-0 Almeria | ESPNFC.com
Real Madrid enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Almeria on Saturday night to move level on points with Primera Division leaders Atletico Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti's men took advantage of Barcelona's surprise defeat earlier on Saturday, with goals from Angel Di Maria, Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata lifting them back above the Catalan club in the battle to be crowned Spanish champions.

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Sociedad | ESPNFC.com
Antoine Griezmann put the visitors back in front with a thumping finish a couple of minutes before half-time and the afternoon got worse for Luis Enrique's side when Jon Aurtenetxe's rash tackle on Carlos Vela was punished by a red card in the 46th minute. However, substitute Santi Mina levelled with eight minutes to go to take Celta to 37 points and deny Real Sociedad a chance to overtake Sevilla in the Primera Division table.

Late winner for Villarreal | Sky Sports Football
Jeremy Perbet headed a winner deep in stoppage-time to beat Levante 1-0 and keep alive Villarreal's hopes of securing automatic qualification for the Europa League. The game looked to be heading for a dour goalless draw well into the 95th minute, when Perbet nodded Manuel Trigueros' right-wing cross into the bottom corner of Keylor Navas' net.