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FC Barcelona News: 21 April 2014; Barça End Losing Streak With Win Against Athletic Bilbao, Dani Alves Reaches Milestone

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FC Barcelona v Athletic Club: They’re still in the race! (2-1) | FC Barcelona
They ended a three-match losing streak this Sunday thanks to a 2-1 win over Athletic Club, who had taken the lead through Aduriz in the 50 minute. Barça missed a number of clear chances to equalise before Pedro pounced on a scuffed shot from Alexis to score from close range in the 71. Just minutes later Messi scored a second from a free kick to seal the win and keep Barça in the hunt for the title.

Tata Martino: "We relied on our courage to fight back" | FC Barcelona
After the 2-1 victory, the Argentinian said: "The circumstances weren’t in our favour but we came from behind and won." Athletic had taken the lead thanks to a strike from Aduriz, but Barça battled back with two goals in as many minutes from Pedro and Messi. "In addition to our football, we relied on our courage to fight back," said the manager.

Adriano: "We will fight until the end" | FC Barcelona
Barça’s defender, Adriano Correia, talked to the press after the team’s hard-fought win against Athletic Club (2-1) and he acknowledged that the team needed to win: "I would like to congratulate the whole team because we managed to secure an important victory." Adriano went on to say that the players gave it their all in the match against the Basque side.

Xavi: People need to leave Messi alone - Goal.com
Xavi says far too much pressure is placed upon the shoulders of Lionel Messi and says his Barcelona teammate should be left alone to concentrate on his game. Barcelona has been considered a club 'in crisis' after a recent run of three successive defeats saw it eliminated from the Champions League, fall to third in La Liga and suffer the agony of seeing great rivals Real Madrid lift the Copa del Rey at its expense.

Bartra still hopeful | FC Barcelona
Marc Bartra still thinks FC Barcelona can win the league. "The win means we still have hope", he told ‘El Marcador’ on Barça TV after the 2-1 win against Bilbao. "I am happy and proud of my colleagues. From where we were, it wasn’t easy to turn that game around."

Alves surpasses Cocu and becomes the second foreigner with the most games for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
This Sunday Dani Alves became the second foreigner with the most games played for FC Barcelona in the history of the Club. Against Athletic Club, he played his 293rd game with the first team, beating out Phillip Cocu’s mark of 292. Only Leo Messi, who has played 421 games for the team, has more games with FC Barcelona than the Brazilian.

Week with five training sessions and a match at El Madrigal | FC Barcelona
The team will rest on Monday, the day after the game against Athletic Club, and will return to work on Tuesday afternoon, in a session scheduled for 6:00 pm CET. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday the men managed by Tata Martino will train in the morning, all of the sessions will be held at the Ciutat Esportiva and start at 11:00 am CET.

Sevilla surge past Granada | Sky Sports Football
The visitors made a bright start to the game but went behind within a quarter of an hour due to an unfortunate own goal by Diego Mainz. Lucas Alcaraz' side survived the rest of the first half but succumbed to the hosts after the break, with Kevin Gameiro, Stephane M'Bia and Vitolo all scoring in the space of 17 minutes.

Easy for Vallecano | Sky Sports Football
The tone of the afternoon was set when Betis defender Paulao mis-hit a back-pass towards his goalkeeper to gift Ruben Rochina the opening goal on 14 minutes, and things got even worse for the Brazilian when he diverted a cross into his own net shortly before the half-hour mark. Joaquin Larrivey made sure of the points with a third goal early in the second half, although Javi Chica got one back for beleaguered Betis with 12 minutes remaining.

Worries increase for Almeria | ESPNFC.com
The visitors struck three times in the second half through Charles, Nolito, his second of the match, and Fabian Orellana to take the game away from their opponents. Rodri had cancelled out Nolito's opener to send Almeria in level at the break, but they were overwhelmed thereafter, with Oscar Diaz's strike coming too late to influence the outcome.