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FC Barcelona News: 5 November 2015; Barça Beat BATE Borisov, Lose Ivan Rakitić to Injury

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Victory over BATE edges FC Barcelona closer to last 16 (3-0) | FC Barcelona
Barça moved closer to the last 16 of the Champions League for thanks to a polished 2-0 victory over BATE Borisov in Group E. A goal from Neymar from the penalty spot in the first half and after the breaks a strike from Luis Suárez and another for the Brazilian were too much for stubborn opposition who are still in with a chance of making it through to the knock out stages despite the defeat at Camp Nou.

Luis Enrique says results show defence has improved | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique had to have been satisfied. His team not only showed more signs of improvement in Wednesday’s 3–0 victory over BATE Borisov at Camp Nou, but they excelled in practically every area of the game, on both ends of the pitch, two things that the head coach has been preaching recently.

Neymar confident his torrid play can keep going | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona won 3-0 over BATE Borisov in game 4 of the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night, and the star of the evening was none other than Neymar, author of the team's first and third goals. "We have to be very calm. We are doing a great job and that is important," he told reporters after the game.

Neymar hails Suárez, Suárez hails Neymar -
So when Messi limped off early in the Liga win against Las Palmas in late September, absent for what was predicted to be nearly two months, it was legitimate to either have concerns for how the Spanish and European champions would cope – or to watch closely and discover how they might manage to remain unafflicted.

Luis Enrique experiments, but Neymar and Suarez still Barca's best Plan B -
Bigger tests await for Barcelona. Barring a disaster on Wednesday night, the European champion was always likely to beat BATE Borisov at Camp Nou in the Champions League. So coach Luis Enrique used the match to try out something different as the club prepares for the Clasico with Lionel Messi still sidelined.

Ivan Rakitic will miss the game against Villarreal | FC Barcelona
The tests carried out by the FC Barcelona medical staff confirm that Ivan Rakitic has a small tear in his right calf. The player will miss the game against Villarreal and his recovery will dictate his availability for the following matches.

By the numbers: FC Barcelona's 3–0 Champions League victory over BATE Borisov | FC Barcelona
More impressively, Thomas Vermaelen made his debut in the Champions League with Barça and completed all 89 passes he attempted, in addition to recovering 11 balls during the 96 minutes of the game.

FC Barcelona's trident, from their teammates' perspective | FC Barcelona
"I will never forget the day I arrived at Barcelona to sign with the club. When I reached the parking lot of the stadium from the airport, I met Leo who had been waiting for me. He had trained at Ciutat Esportiva in the morning and upon finishing had left quickly to meet me at Camp Nou.

Dani Alves: Barcelona were framed! -
Dani Alves insists Barcelona’s players have been set up after it was claimed they left the visiting dressing room in a mess at Getafe. Photos were published of a toilet cubicle covered in fake blood, with the accompanying reports accusing the Brazilian and his team-mates of behaving in a disrespectful manner at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

FC Barcelona U19 A – BATE Borisov: Victory in Europe to top group (2-0) | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona U19 A side and BATE Borisov U19s produced an entertaining clash in the Miniestadi with the home side coming out victorious to take top spot in Group E of the UEFA Youth League. Carlos Aleñá was the hero with both goals in the win over the Belarusians.

Carles Alena scores twice as Barcelona U19 beat BATE Borisov in the UEFA Youth League (Official Highlights) | 101GreatGoals
Barcelona’s next generation cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over BATE Borisov’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday.The hero for the Catalans was 17-year-old central midfielder Carles Alena.

Gerard Pique and Hector Bellerin win Catalan awards - ESPN FC
Gerard Pique has been named as the best Catalan player of last season, with Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin taking the young player accolade. The awards, organised by the Federacio Catalana de Futbol (FCF), will be handed out at a ceremony in Barcelona on Nov. 9.

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