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FC Barcelona News: 16 March 2015; Martin Montoya Fractures Cheekbone, Barcelona B Drop Two Points Late

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Barca confirm Montoya fracture | Football Espana
Barcelona have confirmed that defender Martin Montoya picked up a cheekbone fracture in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Eibar. However, the 23-year-old right-back is expected to return to full training within the next few days, although he will be forced to wear a protective mask to join in with the group sessions.

Rival watch: FC Barcelona still leaders, Manchester City stumble ahead of Champions League clash | FC Barcelona
While FC Barcelona were able to win on the road at Eibar on Saturday afternoon, the Catalans' closest rivals in the Spanish First Division and their current opponents in the UEFA Champions League ended the weekend with mixed results in domestic-league action.

Take the FC Barcelona-Manchester City test | FC Barcelona
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Barça B draw 1–1 with Racing, settle for insufficient point | FC Barcelona
Another game has slipped away at the Miniestadi, as Barça B failed to bag the three points against Racing Santander despite dominating while ahead on the scoreboard. Sandro's goal in the second half seemed to be the light, but a bad-luck penalty in the last minute did them in. Ortolá stopped the penalty, but Borja Granero knocked in the rebound.

Gareth Bale on target as Real Madrid beat Levante in La Liga | Sky Sports Football
Bale had come in for more criticism than most from the Real fans following the midweek Champions League loss to Schalke but he volleyed home to open the scoring and then deflected Cristiano Ronaldo's shot home just before the break. Real will now travel to the Nou Camp just one point behind Primera Division leaders Barca for a game that will go a long way towards deciding the destiny of the title.

There's no 'i' in team, Cristiano - Ronaldo reaction to Bale's goals was childish and unacceptable -
And the Portuguese looked less than amused as his low drive later in the first half was touched into the net by the former Spurs winger. Initially it had seemed to be Ronaldo's goal, but the stadium announcer gave it to Bale - and there were whistles from some members of the Bernabeu crowd.

Gareth Bale v Cristiano Ronaldo debate: An ego out of control? | Eurosport
For some reason, Ronaldo is becoming unbelievably precious these days. Even more self-absorbed than he is usually is when attempting to top up a tan. When Bale scored Madrid's opening goal from a rebound after Ronaldo's effort was blocked on the line, the Portuguese player looked like he had just discovered a fly in his soup mixed in with a full tub of table salt. He threw his arm in the air looking dramatically displeased.

Madrid snap up Argentina goalkeeper | Football Espana
Real Madrid are understood to have agreed a deal to sign Argentine ‘keeper Augusto Batalla this summer. The River Plate youngster will join Los Blancos on a season-long loan, according to Ovacion, with an option to make the move permanent should he impress with the European champions.

Sevilla v Elche | Sky Sports Football
The Colombian opened the scoring with an 18th-minute penalty and added a second in the 31st minute by heading home from almost on the goal line. His replacement Kevin Gameiro wrapped up the points late on as the hosts closed the gap on Atletico to four points.

Red cards shown as Almeria hold Villarreal | Sky Sports Football
Almeria and Villarreal both failed to take their chances in an eventful game which saw both teams reduced to 10 men but somehow finished goalless. Mauro dos Santos was sent off for the hosts towards the end of the first half but Villarreal lost their numerical advantage in the 55th minute when Jaume Costa was shown a second yellow card.

Malaga pile more misery on Cordoba | Sky Sports Football
Second-half goals from Juanmi Lopez and Nordin Amrabat saw Malaga comfortably beat Cordoba 2-0 to pile more misery on the Primera Division's bottom side. The forward gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 48th minute and then substitute Amrabat came off the bench to score a delightful second, netting for the first time in 10 matches.

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