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FC Barcelona News: 14 April 2014; Copa Del Rey Final Inches Closer, Juvenil A Prepare for Youth League Final

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Harold Cunningham

Story so far for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both unbeaten going into Wednesday’s cup final. Barça are the top goalscorers in the competition, but Madrid have made it into the final without conceding a single goal in eight games. Here’s a summary of the two teams’ respective stats going into the Mestalla decider:

Copa del Rey: Barcelona not making the most of Lionel Messi but Real Madrid could miss Cristiano Ronaldo | Football News | Sky Sports
If Atletico Madrid win all of their league games they will be La Liga champions, while Real Madrid have to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League. All of a sudden the Cup has become even more important; lose to Bayern and it could save their season. Both Real and Barcelona have different problems at this stage of the season, not least with injuries.

One game from European glory | FC Barcelona
The Youth teams of Barça and Benfica meet this Monday afternoon(4.30AM CET) in the first ever UEFA Youth League Final at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon. Club President Josep Maria Bartomeu, sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre and board member Silvio Elías will all be at the game.

Atletico open up three-point lead |
Atletico Madrid extended their lead at the top of the Primera Division table to three points on Sunday, although their 2-0 derby win over nine-man Getafe was not a performance to savour. Diego Simeone's men struggled to break down their Madrid rivals, who are battling for survival, with Diego Godin's goal the only highlight of a poor first half.

Thibaut Courtois Champions League agreement still needs to be struck - ESPN FC
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has suggested that on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will not play against parent club Chelsea in their upcoming Champions League semifinal unless the two sides reach an agreement beforehand.

Valencia unbeaten run continues | Sky Sports Football
Valencia extended their unbeaten run to three matches with a 2-1 Primera Division victory over Elche on Sunday. Goals from Pablo Piatti and Dani Parejo won the game for the home side either side of Ferran Corominas' equaliser, while Damian Suarez missed a penalty deep into the second half for the visitors.

Colotto claims late Espanyol point |
Diego Colotto grabbed a late equaliser for Espanyol as they were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Rayo Vallecano. Christian Stuani handed the home side an early lead but goals from Iago Falque and Joaquin Larrivey either side of half-time turned the game on its head before Colotto struck with two minutes to play. The result moves Rayo a step closer to safety as they now sit six points clear of the drop zone while Espanyol are safely in mid-table.

Real Betis in big trouble | Sky Sports Football
Juan Carlos was sent off after 28 minutes after being adjudged to have fouled Carlos Bacca in an incident which led to Kevin Gameiro opening the scoring from the penalty spot. Gameiro sealed the win eight minutes from time with a close-range finish, leaving Betis 10 points from safety with just five games of the season remaining.