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FC Barcelona News: 28 April 2014; Barça Win Game at Madrigal for Tito Vilanova, Start Training for Next League Game

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Villarreal - FC Barcelona: Comeback for Tito (2-3) | FC Barcelona
Barça are still in contentn for the league title. The situation was critical in the Madrigal. Emotionally shattered by the death of Tito Vilanova and the two goals for Villarreal pinned Barça back, but two own goals and a third from Messi proved enough to win the three points.

Tata Martino: "It's been a very sad weekend for Barça and football" | FC Barcelona
After the match against Villarreal Tata Martino wanted to talk about FC Barcelona’s difficult weekend due to the death of Tito Vilanova. "It’s been a very sad weekend for Barça and for football. Talking about football now, independently of how the game played out tonight, seems inappropriate and out of place." The manager then sent his condolences to Vilanova’s family and friends.

Mascherano: "We fought until the end, just like Tito" | FC Barcelona
The Argentinian center back, Javier Mascherano, talked to the press after the match against Villarreal and he admitted that today was a difficult day and that the players are in pain: "Each one of us are getting on in our own way, everything is so fresh, and the only thing we can do is stand by his family and try to share their pain."

'This is for you Tito' | FC Barcelona
The players dedicate tonight's victory to Tito Vilanova

Emotional minute of silence at El Madrigal | FC Barcelona
The team will pay homage to their former manger next week at the Camp Nou, against Getafe, but this evening the players came out onto the pitch with black armbands. Villarreal came out of the players’ tunnel donning shirts that read ‘Per sempre Tito’ (Forever, Tito).

52,999 people bid farewell to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
The remembrance space for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou opened its doors at nine o’clock this morning and following the 20,802 visitors who paid their tributes on Saturday, Barça fans again responded massively, with 32,197 more visitors by three pm CET. A total of 52,999 people paid their respects to the late manager.

Facts and figures from the Villarreal game | FC Barcelona
The win means Barça have won 40 times this season - 27 in the league, 7 in the Spanish Cup and 6 in the Champions League. It’s been eight years since Barça last picked up two own goals, on February 18, 2006 when the Betis player Melli scored two in a league game at the Camp Nou.

Barça teams paying homage to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
This weekend’s sporting activity has been dominated by the tragic passing away of Tito Vilanova on Friday and the Club’s teams have reacted by paying their respects to the ex-Barça coach, with a minute’s silence being observed at all the games. Messages of condolence from the sporting world have also arrived from all over the globe.

Youth B team make special tribute to Tito Vilanova | FC Barcelona
Amongst the many people who have visited the remembrance space for Tito Vilanova at the Camp Nou, one of the most emotional was that of Javier García Pimienta’s Youth B team, who came not just to pay their respects to an ex-first team coach, but also the father of one of their teammates, as Tito’s son Adrià is a member of the side.

Barcelona's Dani Alves eats banana thrown at him by fans at Villarreal | Sky Sports
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves produced a fine riposte to a racist taunt during Sunday night's 3-2 victory at Villarreal. A banana was thrown at the Brazil international when he was about to take a right-wing corner but he responded by calmly picking up the piece of fruit and eating it, before swinging the ball into the box.

'We are all monkeys' - Neymar starts anti-racism campaign -
"We are all equal, we are all monkeys, say no to racism," he wrote on the social media site, accompanied with the hashtag #weareallmonkeys. "It's a shame that there's such prejudice in 2014. It's time for people to raise their voices. My way of expressing my support is to do what Dani Alves did.

Barcelona: Current era has enjoyed plenty of success but there has been sadness, too | Football News | Sky Sports
It was very difficult for Barcelona to play this weekend in the wake of Tito Vilanova's death and I wonder why the game with Villarreal was not cancelled. Everybody admitted it was very hard and you saw Sergio Busquets crying before the game and Andres Iniesta getting emotional, while Xavi said afterwards that nobody really felt like playing.

Four training sessions ahead of Getafe visit | FC Barcelona
With the league title still in their sights and well aware that only victories will do, the first team began a busty week of training this morning - the first of four sessions ahead of Saturday’s visit to the Camp Nou by Getafe, seventeenth in the table and in need of points themselves to escape the relegation battle.

Ex-Madrid Coach Boskov passes away | Football Espana
Vujadin Boskov, who Coached Real Madrid between 1979 and 1982, passed away on Sunday at the age of 82. Boskov was most closely associated with Italian football, leading Sampdoria for six years in which he won the Scudetto, the Italian Super Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and two Coppa Italia trophies.

Atletico win at Valencia | Sky Sports Football
A solitary goal by Raul Garcia was enough to see off Valencia and nudge Atletico Madrid closer still to the Primera Division title. The midfielder headed in the crucial goal just moments before half-time and then Atletico dug deep to hold off intermittent swathes of pressure from Valencia to earn their first win at Mestalla in 11 years.

Athletic return to top table |
Athletic Bilbao have Champions League football in their sights after winning Sunday's showdown for fourth place with Sevilla. Markel Susaeta set the hosts on their way by scoring straight from a corner in the fourth minute, and Iker Muniain strengthened their grip on the game with an acrobatic finish early in the second half.

Almeria claim vital win | Sky Sports Football
Almeria gave their survival hopes a big boost on Sunday by ending a run of four straight defeats with a come-from-behind 2-1 Primera Division victory at nine-man Espanyol. Christian Stuani put the mid-table hosts ahead just before the interval, but his dismissal shortly after the break was the catalyst for the visitors to turn the game on its head.