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FC Barcelona News: 2 February 2015; Barca Come Back to Defeat Villarreal, Lionel Messi Misses Training

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FC Barcelona v Villarreal 3-2: Show of resilience | FC Barcelona
In what was billed as a major test for two teams that rode into Camp Nou on a wave of impressive results, it was FC Barcelona who had more answers as they came back twice from a goal down to subdue Villarreal and extend their winning streak to eight games in all competitions, their fourth straight in La Liga.

Luis Enrique says his team show perseverance | FC Barcelona
Barça overcame one of the toughest obstacles to visit Camp Nou this season. Villarreal made things really tough for Barça, but Luis Enrique's squad came back twice to win. This resilience really impressed the coach.

Rafinha embodies team's effort | FC Barcelona
On a cold Sunday, Barça managed to twice overcome one-goal deficits to Villarreal to win 3–2. One of the keys was Rafinha Alcántara, who was involved with Neymar's first goal, and then scored one himself — his first goal in the league —in the second half to tie the game at 2–2..

FC Barcelona v Villarreal, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
Rafinha's goal was his first ever at Camp Nou and his first ever in the league. Until now he had only scored one goal in the Spanish Cup, in Barça's 4–0 win against Huesca. Rafinha started at Camp Nou for the first time since the Celta game on 1 November. He was one of three players, along with Alves and Suárez, who had four shots on goal.

Five keys to the victory over Villarreal | FC Barcelona
The team showed its resilience by overcoming two one-goal deficits to Villarreal, who had been unbeaten in their last 18 games and looked pretty good, leading twice on the scoreboard and creating constant danger. The Spanish Cup semi-finals will be toug

Jordi Alba offers a stark reminder | FC Barcelona
After Barça's eighth straight victory, Jordi Alba acknowledged that they were in top form. "Since Anoeta, we've been very good, with a positive change," he told Barça TV. The turning point was clear: "Beating Atlético in the league at home gave us a big push." At the same time, "if we win we have more confidence, but we can not forget that it's a long season and it's very difficult to win titles."

Morning recovery session in Sant Joan Despí | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona trained on Monday morning in frigid temperatures at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, just about 12 hours after their dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Villarreal. Sunday night's starters did recovery work. Neymar, Dani Alves and Douglas worked out individually, while Leo Messi was absent, with Club permission, to attend to a personal issue.

Gerard Piqué turns 28 today. Happy birthday! | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué is 28 years old today! The Barça defender also just became a father for the second time, and is currently in great form as the heart of the defence. Thisseason he has scored four goals and has started more than 20 times between the Champions League, La Liga and the Spanish Cup.

Six days to prepare for San Mamés | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have a full week to prepare for a weekend fixture for the first time in 2015. On Sunday, they travel to the new San Mamés, where they will be looking to win away to Athletic Club Bilbao for the first time since the 3-1 victory in the 2010/11 season.

Alves' agent confirms offers | Football Espana
Dani Alves’ agent has confirmed there have been offers for the Barcelona defender as his future hangs in the balance. Dinorah Santana, who is the player’s former wife and also acts as his representative, has hinted at a possible departure from the Camp Nou with the Brazilian international being out of contract at the end of the season.

La Liga: Blow for David Moyes as Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela undergoes surgery | Football News | Sky Sports
A club statement said: "During the game that took place in Madrid, Vela sustained an injury to his right knee. The tests done have revealed a tear in in internal meniscus. Having reviewed the situation, we have opted for the player to undergo an operation."

Malaga's Vitorino Antunes to join Dynamo Kiev | Eurosport
Boss Javi Gracia has omitted the Portuguese defender from his squad for the visit of Valencia on Monday night, while the player is believed to have flown to Kiev to undergo a medical before signing his contract with the Ukrainian outfit.Reports in Spain maintain the Andalusians will receive a fee of around €6m for the 27-year-old, who joined the club from Pacos Ferreira in January 2012.

Iago Aspas hits winner as Sevilla beat Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Christian Stuani put visitors Espanyol ahead from the penalty spot but the hosts levelled through a stunning strike from Diogo Figueiras and then Vitolo tapped home from close range to put Unai Emery's side ahead before the break.

Aritz Aduriz scores both goals as Athletic Bilbao beat Levante 2-0 | Sky Sports Football
A brace from striker Aritz Aduriz saw Athletic Bilbao record a first Primera Division victory in over two months at the expense of bottom club Levante. The Copa del Rey quarter-finalists were without a league win since taking all three points at Getafe on November 29 but Aduriz's double in a 2-0 win moves Ernesto Valverde's side away from the relegation zone ahead of next weekend's clash with Barcelona.

Almeria claim a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Getafe | Sky Sports Football
A solitary goal by Edgar Mendez saw Almeria pick up a vital 1-0 victory over fellow Primera Division strugglers Getafe. The winger broke the deadlock in the 44th minute and the goal proved enough to decide an exciting and highly contested encounter which saw both sides finish with 10 men, with Almeria forward Tomer Hemed following Getafe's Sergio Escudero down the tunnel after being shown a second yellow card.

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