Deportivo la Coruña v FC Barcelona: Pure gold from Messi (0-4) | FC Barcelona
Riazor was silenced by yet another stunning display from Leo Messi. Just like he did the last time he visited the Deportivo stadium, the Argentinian found the net three times as Barça collected three hugely important points to maintain the pressure on leaders Real Madrid, who won at Getafe earlier in the day.
Leo Messi gets 30th hat-trick | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi’s legend knows no limits. After scoring a hat-trick at Deportivo on Sunday night, he has now claimed three or more goals in no fewer than thirty different games for FC Barcelona in La Liga, the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.
Luis Enrique still looking for improvements | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona manager is not getting carried away with things despite an excellent performance in La Coruña on Sunday evening. "It’s always good for the players to win but there are still things we need to improve both in attack and defence" said Luis Enrique. "That’s only way that we can challenge for titles, which is our main target for the season."
'We're all one big family' says Rakitic | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi was outstanding as Barça romped home against Deportivo to the tune of a 4-0 win on Sunday night. Ivan Rakitic laid up one of the goals for the Argentinian and after the game said "it’s not just about today’s game. In the last week there has been an all-round improvement. We need to carry on like this and especially make sure we score first. It’s so much easier from then on".
How the week ahead is shaping up for FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona face a big week including a match in the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup at Camp Nou versus Atlético Madrid and then the start of the second half of the league season on Saturday against Elche. The match versus Atlético will be the second time they meet at Camp Nou this season; they played last Sunday in an entertaining match in which Barça defeated Atlético 3–1.
Douglas out for three to four weeks | FC Barcelona
Brazilian defender Douglas has suffered a thigh strain in training on Sunday and will be out of action for three to four weeks, meaning he will sit out both cup matches against Atlético Madrid and the nest two Liga matches as well.
Man City beaten at home to Arsenal (0-2) | FC Barcelona
Barça’s Champions League rivals Manchester City lost 2-0 at home to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad. It was not the best of performances against a side that defended well and knew how to take their chances. The defeat leaves City five points behind leaders Chelsea, who won 5-0 at Swansea on Saturday.
FC Barcelona v RC Recreativo: Reserves smiling again (3-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça B have ended a four-match winless streak by comfortably defeating Recreativo at the Miniestadi. The win leaves them in 17th place in the Second Division, one ahead of the relegation zone.
Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid win 3-0 at Getafe | Sky Sports Football
Real Madrid struck three times in 16 second-half minutes to finally end the dogged resistance of local rivals Getafe, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale the men on the mark. After being kept goalless for more than an hour, Madrid's much-vaunted strikeforce made the breakthrough they had been searching for in the 63rd minute when Ronaldo finished off a well-worked move.
Kroos named IFFHS best playmaker | Football Espana
Toni Kroos has been named the best playmaker of 2014 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). The Real Madrid midfielder pipped Lionel Messi to the accolade by just two votes, securing a 110-108 advantage, thus ending Barcelona’s six-year hegemony.
Atletico Madrid climb back into third | Sky Sports Football
Mario Mandzukic gave Atleti the lead from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, after Abdoul Sissoko fouled Diego Godin in the box, before Raul Garcia headed in the second with less than two minutes remaining to seal the win. The result means Diego Simeone's men leapfrog Valencia and are now four points adrift of league leaders Real Madrid, who returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory at Getafe on Saturday.
Sevilla moved into fourth place following a 2-0 victory over Malaga | Sky Sports Football
Sevilla moved into fourth place in the Primera Division standings following a 2-0 victory over Malaga at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday evening. A first-half opener from Carlos Bacca and a moment of magic from second-half substitute Denis Suarez won the game for Unai Emery's side, who remain unbeaten at home this season.
Elche move out of the relegation zone | Sky Sports Football
Elche moved out of the relegation zone after narrowly beating fellow strugglers Levante 1-0 after the visitors had to play the majority of the game with 10 men. Jonathas de Jesus put the hosts in front shortly after David Navarro had been sent off and then both sides missed penalties either side of half-time, and Elche hung on for a vital victory.