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FC Barcelona News: 1 September 2014; Barça Earn Three Points Against Villarreal, Lionel Messi, Munir El Haddadi Suffer Injuries

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Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Villarreal v FC Barcelona 0-1: Sandro gives Barça the points at El Madrigal | FC Barcelona
A late goal from B team youngster Sandro gave Barça the three points at El Madrigal in a hard fought game that Luis Enrique’s side dominated, though they found it tough going at times against a determined Villarreal defence.

Luis Enrique: "This result will do us good" | FC Barcelona
Barça had to work hard to beat Villarreal, but got there in the end with a late goal from Sandro Ramírez, who couldn’t have wished for a better debut performance. Luis Enrique was especially impressed with how much hard work his players put into what he called "a passionate game to watch with possession changing hands all the time and both sides having chances."

Sandro scores on official debut | FC Barcelona
Last week everyone was talking about Munir after his amazing first team debut performance, and seven days later it’s another product of the B team that’s grabbing all the headlines. 19 year old Sandro Ramírez was sent on by Luis Enrique as a late replacement for Pedro in a tense game with Villarreal that looked to be heading for a stalemate. His eleven minutes on the field were enough for him to score what would be the only goal of the game and clinch three vital points for his team.

Sandro dominates social networks | FC Barcelona
Sandro has been congratulated by his team-mates on social networks after his stunning debut display against Villarreal.

Messi with groin strain and Munir has bruised thigh | FC Barcelona
Following the 1-0 win at Villarreal, the Club Medical Services have released a statement regarding the conditions of Leo Messi and Munir. The former has a groin strain (pulled adductor muscle), and precautionary measures will be required. Meanwhile, Munir has bruising on his right thigh. Tests on Tuesday should be able to determine the full extent of the injury.

Lionel Messi to miss Argentina Germany friendly injury Barcelona - ESPN FC
Lionel Messi is set to miss Argentina's friendly against Germany after suffering a groin strain in Barcelona's win over Villarreal on Sunday. Messi, 27, pulled an abductor muscle in his right leg as Luis Enrique's side secured their second Liga win of the season at the Estadio El Madrigal, though he played the full 90 minutes for the Blaugrana.

Munir only suffers bruising and joins under-21s | FC Barcelona
Tests carried out on Monday morning confirmed that Munir El Haddadi had only suffered bruising on his right calf in the game against Villarreal, and no actual muscle damage .Munir was taken off after an hour on Sunday, but has been given the all clear to join up with the Spanish Under 21 squad for the games against Hungary and Austria alongside team mate Sergi Roberto.

Gerard Pique Spain squad decision Vicente del Bosque - ESPN FC
"I want to thank Del Bosque for the gesture he has made," Pique said. "Because I asked him, personally, not to count on me for the game, because I still had some issues. I want to thank him for his decision."

Facts and figures from Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Sandro’s late winner against Villarreal means Luis Enrique’s side go into the international break top of La Liga with two wins from two. Here are some of the facts and figures from the match.

Alves eager to set up more goals | FC Barcelona
Brazilian full back Dani Alves had a lively game against Villarreal and afterwards spoke about how pleased he was to have won at what he describes as "a difficult ground to go to against a rough opponent … the important thing is that the team was ready to suffer for the cause and fight until the end."

Douglas visits the FC Barcelona Museum | FC Barcelona
New signing Douglas Pereira took a crash course in the 115 year history of FC Barcelona on Saturday when he visited the Club museum, and later told us, "I want to become part of the history of FC Barcelona". He posed for photos with the many fans enjoying the ‘Camp Nou Experience’ and signed a huge number of autographs.

Sociedad stun Real Madrid | Sky Sports Football
European champions Real Madrid surrendered a two-goal lead after just 11 minutes as they crashed to a shock 4-2 defeat at struggling Real Sociedad. Madrid had looked set to sweep Sociedad aside as they struck twice early on through Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale while also hitting the woodwork through the Spain defender.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez set for Real Madrid loan | Football News | Sky Sports
Manchester United and Real Madrid have agreed a season-long loan deal for striker Javier Hernandez which is expected to be completed later today, according to Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. The Mexico international, who has been spotted in Madrid ahead of a medical, has grown increasingly frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford and has been linked with several clubs during the transfer window, including Valencia and Juventus.

Atletico Madrid agree deal to sign Torino forward Alessio Cerci | Football News | Sky Sports
The 27-year-old Cerci, who had been linked with a move to Arsenal, will pen a three-year contract with Atletico, pending a successful medical. A statement on Atletico's website read: "Atletico Madrid and Torino have reached an agreement for the transfer of Alessio Cerci to our club, pending a medical and the signing of the contract. The Italy international will be tied to the club for the next three seasons."

Toby Alderweireld set for Southampton medical | Football News | Sky Sports
Ronald Koeman has confirmed Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is on his way to Southampton - and he is also hoping to sign an attacker. Belgium international Alderweireld has been linked with several Premier League clubs this summer, with Arsenal, Newcastle United and West Ham United reported to have shown an interest.

Elche grab 1-1 draw with Granada after late drama | Sky Sports Football
Both teams had chances in a goalless first half but the second looked to be petering out into stalemate, only for Fran Rico to give the visitors an 82nd-minute lead. However, Elche found a response and David Lomban equalised at the death.

Cuenca nicks a point for Deportivo | Sky Sports Football
Depor were beaten 2-1 in their season-opener at Granada last weekend after losing an early lead and it looked set to be an identical story on Sunday as Alberto Bueno's brace for Rayo cancelled out Jose Rodriguez's opener for the the hosts. However, with three minutes of added time almost up, Depor won a penalty when Abdoulaye Ba handled in the box and Cuenca stepped up to earn the promoted side their first point since returning to the top flight.