Match Preview: FC Barcelona v Levante UD | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona host Levante in a late-afternoon matinée on Sunday, with kick-off set for 5.00pm CET. The blaugranes will be looking to win their 11th consecutive game – their sixth straight in La Liga – against a determined adversary fighting to climb out of the relegation zone.
Leo Messi on fire at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona striker Leo Messi is in top form as Levante visit Camp Nou on Sunday at 5.00pm (CET). The Argentinian is on fire, having scored in the last nine home matches. Beginning on November 22, when his hat-trick against Sevilla gave him the league’s all-time scoring record, Messi has been difficult to stop, scoring 14 goals in Barça’s last nine games, an average of 1.5 goals per game.
Luis Enrique wary of Levante | FC Barcelona
Barça entertain Levante on Sunday at 5.00pm CET and manager Luis Enrique told the press on Saturday after training how he never feels comfortable playing against teams that are immersed in relegation battles, not even when his own team has just won ten games in a row.
FC Barcelona B open the Vinyals era with a scorless draw versus Deportivo Alavés | FC Barcelona
Barça B and Alavés fought to a scoreless draw on Saturday evening at the Miniestadi in the debut of new head coach Jordi Vinyals. His squad gave everything they had to break a string of disappointing results. Unfortunately, they couldn't create enough scoring chances and had to settle for a point, although it will surely add some much-needed confidence.
Real Madrid return to winning ways | Spanish Primera BBVA | Sky Sports Football
Carlo Ancelotti's side made a nervous side to the game but took a 20th-minute lead through Isco, and then Karim Benzema sealed the points in the 73rd minute. Madrid stay top of the Primera Division thanks to the win but this was far from an assured performance from the European champions, who were booed by their own supporters on several occasions.
Ancelotti in denial as celebrity culture risks ruining Real Madrid again - Goal.com
Images were leaked to the press and on social media of Cristiano and Colombian singer Kevin Roldan, who also published pictures on Twitter, and the party was reminiscent of the 2003 celebration of Brazilian striker Ronaldo which also caused controversy for Real.
Cristiano Ronaldo has temporarily lost his touch - and Messi's record is slipping away from him | Eurosport
When Cristiano Ronaldo thundered an early shot against the bar against Deportivo La Coruna you assumed the Real Madrid star was in the right frame of mind to deliver the perfect riposte to criticism of his ill-timed birthday party last weekend; when he subsequently missed from about a yard out in the build-up to Isco’s goal, you wondered if something more malign was taking place.
La Liga report: Malaga 0 Espanyol 2 | Sky Sports Football
Espanyol took a 41st-minute lead through Alvaro Gonzalez's unstoppable header but looked set to surrender that when Malaga won a penalty seven minutes from time in an incident that saw Diego Colotto sent off for deliberate handball. However, Spain international Casilla superbly saved Nordin Amrabat's spot-kick and then produced another top-class stop to deny Samu later on.
Granada move off the bottom | Sky Sports Football
Ten-man Granada moved off the foot of the Primera Division standings following a goalless draw at home to Athletic Bilbao. Both sides had chances to walk away with victory either side of Emanuel Insua's red card midway through the second half for an agricultural challenge on Markel Susaeta.