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FC Barcelona News: 5 January 2015; Barça Lose to Real Sociedad (Again), Lionel Messi Misses Training

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Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona: Defeat at Anoeta (1-0) | FC Barcelona
Jordi Alba redirected a Sergio Canales cross into his own net in the second minute for the game’s only score as FC Barcelona fell 1-0 to Real Sociedad at Anoeta, squandering a golden opportunity to move into first place in the league table.

Luis Enrique says the result 'unjust' | FC Barcelona
Barça were not able start 2015 the way they wanted, falling at Anoeta on an own goal by Jordi Alba in the first minute of play. Head coach Luis Enrique called the play "unfortunate," explaining that it was "Real Sociedad's only dangerous chance. We controlled the match, especially in the second half when we got closer to their net."

Xavi laments 'missed opportunity' | FC Barcelona
Xavi Hernández spoke to the press at Anoeta after Barça's 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad. The team captain had this to say: "The ball just didn't want to go in. We had all the chances and missed some very big ones. We started off on the wrong foot; the own goal was a killer. But we did play well despite the loss. He also lauded their rival: "Real Sociedad played a good game, especially defensively."

Facts and Figures from Anoeta | FC Barcelona
The defeat put an end to Barça’s 11 game unbeaten run, during which they had won 10 games and drawn one. The match was the sixth on the run which Barça have failed to win in Donosti – with four draws and two defeats in their last six games in Anoeta.

Lionel Messi misses Barcelona training with gastroenteritis - ESPN FC
It read: "Rafinha and Leo Messi missed Monday morning's open doors training session. The Argentinean has an upset stomach and Rafinha is suffering from an ear infection. The Club doctors will decide over the coming days when they are able to resume training."

Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend - Real Madrid and Barcelona both lose - ESPN FC
Up until now David Moyes' spell as Real Sociedad coach had been pretty underwhelming. For one thing it has rained a lot in San Sebastian and, although his side have picked up some points and kept a few clean sheets, just one win and two players scoring in his first five La Liga games had offered little for anyone to get excited about.

Valencia v R Madrid - 4th Jan 2015 | Report | Spanish Primera BBVA | Sky Sports Football
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead with an early penalty, but Valencia turned the match on its head with goals from Antonio Barragan and Nicolas Otamendi early in the second half. Madrid were hunting a 23rd straight win as they closed in on Coritiba's world record of 24 in a row, but Valencia's impressive home record - only Barcelona have won at the Mestalla this season - proved their undoing.

Over 45,000 fans turn out to welcome Fernando Torres back to Atletico Madrid | Football News | Sky Sports
Fernando Torres was welcomed back to Atletico Madrid by over 40,000 supporters on Sunday. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker was presented to the fans at the Vicente Calderon Stadium while waiting for his loan from AC Milan to become official when the Italian transfer market opens on Monday.

Eibar sink Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Manu del Moral opened the scoring for the visitors in the 34th minute and just moments later Eneko Boveda widened the gap between the two sides with a headed goal from a corner. Felipe Caicedo pulled one back late on but the Catalans were unable to avert just a second home defeat of the season, which sees them fall three points behind the Basques.

Rayo Vallecano recover to record 2-1 win at Getafe | Sky Sports Football
In their first game back after the winter break Rayo got off to a terrible start as Alvaro Vazquez fired home a 25-yard free-kick. Jozabed levelled before the break, though, and Raul Baena converted from close range shortly after the hour mark to complete the turnaround.

Wigan's Riera to join Deportivo | Football Espana
Wigan Athletic striker Oriol Riera has confirmed that he is set to join Deportivo La Coruna. The 28-year-old has scored just one goal for the Latics since arriving from Osasuna for £2m over the summer, and while he revealed his disappointment with the outcome of his spell in British football, he was glad about returning to La Liga.

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