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FC Barcelona News: 9 February 2015; Barça Closes Gap to a Single Point, Celebrate Away Wins Milestone

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Athletic Club v FC Barcelona (2-5): Wild win in Bilbao | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona walked into the new San Mamés with a chance to get within a point of the league leaders and walked out with a commanding 5–2 victory over Athletic Club Bilbao. The hosts, who played from behind all night after Leo Messi and Luís Suárez struck in the first half, answered twice to breathe life into the match. But Barça’s second-half firepower and a late expulsion that left the Basques with 10 men slammed the door shut.

Teamwork makes squad stronger, says Luis Enrique | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was very happy for his team's resounding 5–2 victory at San Mamés on Sunday night, putting them just a point behind leaders Real Madrid. "We played well tonight, but there will surely be more surprises this season," he warned.

Luis Suárez staying confident | FC Barcelona
Luis Suárez scored in tonight's win at San Mamés after three weeks without doing it in the league. The Uruguayan, who was one of Sunday's goalscorers along with Messi, Neymar and Pedro, had not scored since Barça's 3-1 win at Camp Nou against Atletico Madrid.

FC Barcelona have scored more than 100 goals this season | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have scored more than 100 goals this season in all three competitions after beating Athletic Club by 5-2 in the new San Mamés. As such, Barça can now boast 62 goals in the league, 25 in the Spanish Cup and 15 in the Champions League so far this season. Luis Enrique’s side have reached 102 goals after a total of 34 games, a figure that means they have scored an average of three goals per match.

Back to playing mid-week | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona return to a mid-week game, after having no weekday game last week. They'll face Villarreal on Wednesday at Camp Nou in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup, just ten days after beating them in La Liga.

FC Barcelona's 500th road win in La Liga | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have reached a milestone of 500 road league victories in their history. Sunday's 5–2 win at the new San Mamés comes in Barça's 1,336th game played on the road. Barça have defeated Valencia most, 32 times, on the road, followed by Espanyol where they have won 29 times in three different stadiums (Sarrià, Olympic Stadium and Cornellà-El Prat). Athletic Club, who Barça beat for their 500th total road win, is third with 23.

Flight back and training | FC Barcelona
After Sunday night’s 5-2 win at San Mamés, the team stayed the night in Bilbao and flew back to Barcelona on Monday morning. On arrival at the airport they are heading directly to the Ciutat Esportiva for a training session behind closed doors at 12.30pm (CET).

Ninth game with five or more goals | FC Barcelona
This was the fourth time that Messi, Neymar and Suárez all scored in the same game. The trio also found the net against Paris Saint Germain (3-1) in the Champions League, Elche (5-0) in the Cup and Atlético Madrid (3-1) in La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo defended after birthday party following Real Madrid's derby loss - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent has defended the Real Madrid forward after he was criticised for partying following Saturday's heavy defeat at Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo, who was voted the worst Real player in Saturday's 4-0 thrashing in a poll conducted by Spanish sports newspaper Marca, celebrated his 30th birthday in Madrid not long after the game.

Lucas Silva to get Madrid chance? | Football Espana
Lucas Silva could make his Real Madrid debut against Deportivo La Coruna after Sami Khedira came out of the derby with a knee injury. Ancelotti is already without Luka Modric and James Rodriguez and has only Toni Kroos, Isco and Asier Illarramendi fit for next weekend.

Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard makes his Real Madrid debut for reserve side | Football News | Sky Sports
Odegaard, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Madrid in a reported four million euro deal from Tippeligaen outfit Stromsgodset last month. He was introduced as a substitute by Castilla coach and Real legend Zinedine Zidane with 20 minutes to go. However, the 16-year-old wonderkid made little impact in his first competitive match since November.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke to miss Champions League clash after being ruled out for a month | Sky Sports
​Atletico Madrid may be without midfielder Koke for over a month after he suffered a torn hamstring in his side's 4-0 thrashing of Real Madrid on Saturday. The defending La Liga champions confirmed the severity of the injury which forced the midfielder to be substituted midway through the first half at the Vicente Calderon.

Valencia up to fourth after 2-1 win at Espanyol | Sky Sports Football
Pablo Piatti marked his return from injury by putting the visitors ahead in the second half and Valencia doubled their lead when Dani Parejo's free-kick bounced off the face of hapless goalkeeper Pau Lopez. Sergio Garcia pulled one back for the hosts in the 89th minute but Valencia held on to claim just a fourth away victory of the season, taking them two points clear of Sevilla.

Michel Macedo nets twice as Almeria hit back to beat Cordoba | Sky Sports Football
Two quick-fire goals from Michel Macedo saw Almeria come from behind to win a relegation six-pointer at Cordoba 2-1. Fede Cartabia's free-kick had given the hosts the lead after 10 minutes but defender Macedo equalised just after the hour mark and four minutes later combined again with Arsenal loanee Welington Silva to head in the winner.

Struggling Getafe defeat top-four aiming Sevilla | Sky Sports Football
Pedro Leon tapped home the winner in the 85th minute to condemn the visitors to back-to-back defeats and lift Getafe further clear of the drop zone. Alvaro Vazquez's first-half penalty put the hosts in front before Grzegorz Krychowiak levelled midway through the second half.

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