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FC Barcelona News: 22 April 2015; Barça Book Place in Champions League Semi-Final, Luis Enrique Breaks Club Record

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FC Barcelona v Paris Saint Germain: Neymar brace books semi-final berth (2-0) | FC Barcelona
Two first-half goals from Neymar were enough to book FC Barcelona a spot in Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw, as Luis Enrique’s side denied Paris Saint-Germain any chance of a comeback from last week’s 3–1 Barça win in Paris with a performance that combined champagne moments and cool-headed determination.

Seventh semi-final in eight years | FC Barcelona
With the victory against Paris Saint-Germain, FC Barcelona have assured themselves of a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the seventh time in the last eight years. In that time the Catalans have made it to the final twice, lifting the trophy on both occasions.

Neymar clear about FC Barcelona's Champions League objective | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona's Neymar Jr. was named man of the match after his two goals gave Barça a commanding 5–1 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain and a coveted ticket to the semi-finals. But despite playing such a the decisive role, the Brazilian striker wanted to deflect attention and congratulate "the whole team for the job they did." He also wanted to give special thanks to Andrés Iniesta, who set up the first goal of the match.

Barcelona ‘have an amazing philosophy’ and were too much for PSG, admits David Luiz | The National
"They had a fantastic match, they controlled the game and they have an amazing philosophy to play football," the Brazilian told The National. "It’s difficult to play against a team like this, especially when you are without four or five important players in the first game. They deserved to win and be in another semi-final because they were better in both games."

Five key points from FC Barcelona v PSG | FC Barcelona
Neymar on target. The Brazilian again demonstrated what a big-match performer he is, with the two goals he scored to add to the one he picked up in the first leg, giving him five goals in four games against the French champions this season. His first at the Camp Nou on Tuesday saw him show his class to control Iniesta’s pass and round the keeper, whilst it was his aerial prowess on show for the second as he got away from the PSG defence to head home a Dani Alves cross from just outside the six-yard box.

Luis Enrique reckons best still to come | FC Barcelona
Luis Enrique was clearly happy with the win over PSG when he spoke after the game insisting: "We made a great start to the game, with almost perfect pressing from the off. The players understood perfectly what the game demanded", whilst commenting: "I hope the best is still to come".

Luis Enrique has best 50-game start in FC Barcelona history | FC Barcelona
With FC Barcelona headed to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League and the final of the Copa del Rey, while also the currently leading the La Liga, the team looks primed for success. So much so that Luis Enrique, in 50 games as coach of Barça, has achieved the best fifty-game start for any coach in Club history. Luis Enrique has even outdone past coaches Helenio Herrera and Pep Guardiola.

The numbers game: FC Barcelona's 2–0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain yields UEFA Champions League semi-final berth | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have now reached the semi-finals with nine wins in ten UEFA Champions League games, something that no other European club has done since the 2011/12 tournament. Of the nine wins, eight were consecutive. That's FC Barcelona's best Champions League winning streak since they won 11 straight in 2002/03, under a different format.

Social media reaction to FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League semi-final berth | FC Barcelona
Selection of Twitter and Instagram posts on Barça's quarter-final tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

Recovery session for UEFA Champions League semi-finalists FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona went right back to work Wednesday morning, not long after sending Paris Saint-Germain out of the UEFA Champions League with a 2–0 victory (5–1 on aggregate) and stamping a one-way ticket to the semi-finals for seventh time in eight years. Luis Enrique's squad worked out on Camp Tito Vilanova at the Ciutat Esportiva in a light recovery session designed to alleviate the physical symptoms that typically arise after a hard night's work at Camp Nou.

Neymar takes center stage as Barca's front three set sights on glory -
Back to normal for Barcelona in the Champions League. After missing out on the last four in 2013-14, the Blaugrana reached their sixth semifinal in seven seasons with an emphatic win over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday - and their fully functioning forward line means they are better equipped to go all the way to the trophy this time than at any point since winning the competition in 2010-11.

Pep on possible Barca clash | Football Espana
"I don’t care too much who our next opponents will be. We’ll try our best whether it’s Real Madrid, Barca, Atletico, Juventus or Monaco, so it doesn’t matter," he told reporters post-match. "We are very happy with our performance, particularly since we’ve struggled to score goals in recent weeks, but we can play even better."

Barcelona expect coach Luis Enrique to stay - ESPN FC
Barcelona are confident head coach Luis Enrique will stay at the club and not leave at the end of the season. The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Spain player, who replaced Gerardo Martino at the helm of the Catalan giants last summer, is contracted until 2016 but has remained tight-lipped regarding his future at the club.

Five top academy goals from April 18 and 19 | FC Barcelona
On another great week for the academy, every team apart the women’s reserves won their games. And as usual, here’s our pick of the five best goals from April 18 and 19.

FC Barcelona to organise International Symposium on Disability and Football | FC Barcelona
Next April 28 and 29, FC Barcelona will host the International Symposium on Disability and Football organised by the club’s Specialised Services Office (OAE), to offer an arena for dialogue and reflection regarding the inclusion of disabled people in the world of sport. Different clubs have been invited to participate by sharing experiences and concerns about accessibility for this group of people.

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