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FC Barcelona News: 5 May 2014; Barça Not Out of Title Race Just Yet as Madrid Clubs Drop Points

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Tribute to Tito Vilanova, from the inside | FC Barcelona
This Saturday Barça drew 2-2 with Getafe at the Camp Nou in a game where Lafita equalised in time added on. Messi and Alexis were the Barça goalscorers. Before the match there was a special tribute from the fans to former coach, Tito Vilanova, who died on April 25th.

Title race set to go to the wire | FC Barcelona
The league title race looks set to go down to the wire, with Barça, following their draw against Getafe at the Camp Nou on Saturday, still very much in the fight to retain their title. Atletico Madrid’s defeat away to Levante and Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia at the Bernabeu on Sunday have opened up the title race again.

Alexis Sánchez recovers his goal touch | FC Barcelona
Alexis Sánchez scored again, following ten matches without a goal. He hadn't scored since Barça v Osasuna (7-0) on March 16th.Since then Alexis had been in the starting line-up five times and on the bench six times. The Barça number 9 is having his best scoring season. He's scored 20 gols in 52 matches, much better than the 15 and 11 goals in the last two seasons.

Can Iniesta do it again? | FC Barcelona
Tuesday 6 May marks the fifth anniversary of that unforgettable night – the night of what local fans now call the ‘Iniestazo'. But would the Barça midfielder be able to repeat the feat? He accepted our challenge and tried to emulate his famous goal on one of the fields at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.

La Liga loca: Title trio all still in it after a weekend of slip-ups -
Does anyone want to win it? The three title contenders in La Liga will all end the season with around 90 points, yet Atletico, Barcelona and Real Madrid managed just two between them in a crazy weekend which leaves the race wide open with just a couple of weeks remaining.

Controversy arises in La Liga over 'suitcase' payments after Levante's win over Atletico Madrid - ESPN FC
The payments, referred to as "maletas" ("suitcases") in Spain, are typically used when a team involved in the title race or relegation struggle offers a bonus to a mid-table side to motivate them to beat one of their rivals at the top or bottom of the standings.

Atletico slip up at Levante | Sky Sports Football
Following Barca's surprise home draw with Getafe on Saturday, leaders Atletico knew if they won their next two games against Levante and Malaga they would clinch the title ahead of their last-day meeting with the defending champions. However, an early own goal from Filipe Luis saw Atletico fall behind at the Ciutat de Valencia and then David Barral added a decisive second for Levante midway through the second half.

Levante's Papakouly Diop accuses Atletico Madrid fans of racist chanting | Sky Sports
The Senegalese player says he was targeted with monkey chants from away supporters as he stood near them during Levante's 2-0 win. Television footage clearly showed a number of supporters making monkey gestures, to which Diop responded by dancing in front of them, prompting a mass brawl involving players from both teams.

Ronaldo snatches a point for Real | Sky Sports Football
Valencia twice led at the Bernabeu before Ronaldo stabbed the ball home with a deft backheel two minutes into five added on. Barcelona's draw and Atletico Madrid's defeat left the door wide open for Madrid but they struggled to push through it as the top three all dropped points on the same weekend for the first time this season.

Real Madrid fail to take advantage of title rivals' slip-ups by Rob Train - ESPN FC
Suddenly, the ball was back in Real's court. A home win against Valencia would leave Carlo Ancelotti's side three points adrift of Atletico with a game in hand away at Valladolid next Wednesday. A win there and Real would be level, albeit essentially a point behind on head-to-head, but with Atletico facing a trip to Camp Nou on the final day.

Honours even at Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Marcelino's Villarreal side went into the game two places behind Europa League finalists Sevilla, and five points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad, knowing they could claw back valuable ground in their own bid to snatch a European place. But Sevilla, who will play Benfica in the Europa League final in 10 days' time, proved a tough nut to crack despite returning to action only four days after their semi-final heroics against Valencia.

Almeria 3-2 Real Betis |
Ramon Azeez's late header claimed three much-needed points as 10-man Almeria moved out of the relegation zone following a 3-2 victory over Real Betis on Sunday. Oscar Diaz and Aleix Vidal were also on target in a topsy-turvy second half at Juegos Mediterraneos, in which Suso was sent off 10 minutes after the break as Francisco Rodriguez's side moved up to 16th in the Primera Division with two matches remaining.

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