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FC Barcelona News: 29 January 2015; Barcelona March Into Copa del Rey Semi-Final

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Atlético Madrid v FC Barcelona (2-3): Triumphant march into semis | FC Barcelona
Never was the old adage of a ‘game of two halves’ more appropriate than it was tonight. A non-stop first half produced five goals, with Barça going behind twice but eventually leading 3-2 at the break. After Atlético were reduced to ten men at half-time, all the fire went out of the game, with Barça’s qualification for the last four of the cup never really looking in doubt.

Six out of six in the Cup | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have won all five games where Alves, Piqué, Mascherano and Alba have started in defence. The other were the 5-1 defeat of Espanyol, 3-1 against Atlético in the league, 4-0 at Deportivo and both legs against Atlético in the cup.

Luis Enrique happy with everything the team did | FC Barcelona
Following a thrilling game against Atlético, especially the first half, Luis Enrique was delighted with everything he had seen as his team qualified for the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup.

Rakitic hopes winning form will continue | FC Barcelona
After FC Barcelona beat Atlético 3-2 at the Vicente Calderón, Ivan Rakitic said that "we played a very complete match. It is not easy when you have to come from behind twice like we have done in their stadium. We didn’t beat Atlético at all last season and we’ve done it three times this year, so we must be doing things right. I hope things continue like this."

Eight Spanish Cup semi-finals in nine years | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have beaten Atlético Madrid 4-2 on aggregate to reach the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup, continuing their great form in the competition in the last decade. In the last nine years, only Sevilla in 2009/10 have managed to prevent them from reaching the final four. Barcelona’s opponents this time will be either Getafe or Villarreal, with the latter defending their 1-0 lead from the first leg on Thursday night.

Neymar and Messi keep cool as Atletico lose theirs -
Gabi and Mario Suarez were sent off, while Arda Turan faces a ban for throwing a boot at the assistant referee in what was anything but a magnanimous loss. The moment summed up the evening's events. Atletico Madrid's recent signing Cani clipped Lionel Messi's legs with a cynical foul and the Vicente Calderon crowd called for more: "Otra, otra, otra!"

FC Barcelona squad share same celebratory photo | FC Barcelona
Whenever the first team win, it’s only normal for them to want to share their joy with their fans on social networks, often in the form of pictures taken in the dressing room or travelling home, with the hero of the game in the centre. The 3-2 defeat of Atlético at the Calderón to ensure passage into the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup was no exception.

Lionel Messi and Luis Enrique argued in Barcelona training reveals Jeremy Mathieu - ESPN FC
"It was when we got back from holiday," Mathieu said to RMC of the incident that occurred at the La Liga club's training centre on Jan. 2. "Suddenly, for a foul that wasn't given, 'Leo' blew his top. Things got tense, they said a few things to each other. "The coach came to speak to him in the dressing room afterwards and that's that. It happens at every club, but because it's Barcelona, it's made out to be a huge thing. That's the problem."

FC Barcelona B v Beijing Guoan: Chance for the subs (0-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça B played a friendly on Wednesday at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper against FC Beijing Guoan, the Chinese side coached by Spaniard Gregorio Manzano that is currently touring the country. The game offered a fine opportunity for some of the less regular players and others returning from injury to get a run-out.

FC Barcelona Museum tops Picasso and Dalí once again | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona Museum has once again finished the year as the most visited in Catalonia. In 2014 it welcomed an incredible 1,530,484 visitors, a 1.62% increase on the previous year. That was enough to beat the Dalí Museum in Figueres, with 1,297,311 visitors, into second place, with the Picasso Museum in Barcelona third with 919,814.

Two-match ban is far too lenient for lucky Ronaldo -
Ronaldo is better than every player in the league. Maybe he believes they are all beneath him but the rules exist for him as for anybody else. Players are jostled around the box before corner kicks all the time. Feet are left in to let the opposition know that a game will not be easy. Most players have developed a skin thick enough to keep their emotions in check. Not him, not Ronaldo. His reaction to being touched suggests "How dare you."

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo receives two-match ban following red card against Cordoba | Sky Sports
The Spanish league has announced the Portugal winger has been suspended for Real's next two La Liga matches against Real Sociedad and Sevilla but will be available for the derby with Atletico Madrid.

Valencia close in on PSV winger Zakaria Bakkali | Eurosport
The 19-year-old, who is of Moroccan descent and made his international debut for Belgium in a World Cup qualifier against Wales in October 2013, has refused a new contract at the Philips Stadion and has not made a first team appearance this season.As a result, it is understood the Dutch outfit have agreed to sell him and Valencia are in pole position to secure his signature.

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