Late show from Barça wins it at Camp Nou (2-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça stormed back in the second half against Bayer Leverkusen to record their first win of this season's Champions League thanks to goals from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suárez in the last 10 minutes of the contest. The Germans had taken the lead after 22 minutes through defender Papadopoulos and had proved a match for Luis Enrique's side in the opening half.
Barcelona resilient in Champions League comeback vs Bayer - ESPN FC
This was Barcelona's first game since Lionel Messi was ruled out for about two months with a knee injury, and for a long time it seemed set to show just how much the Blaugrana talisman is going to be missed. But late goals from substitute Sergi Roberto and centre-forward Luis Suarez turned around a game in which Barca had been second-best for much of the proceedings.
Luis Enrique: We kept the faith | FC Barcelona
Following his team’s late comeback victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Camp Nou, FC Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique spoke to the press to talk about the effort, the result, and even the fans who patiently waited an hour and twenty minutes but, in the end, were handsomely rewarded.
Luis Suárez says team were believers | FC Barcelona
Luis Suarez knows about keeping the faith. After Barça’s late victory over Bayer Leverkusen the striker said he knew all along, that the team knew, deep down inside that they would pull it out. And they were right. "We believed in ourselves until the end because we are the European champions. We had to prove it, and we had plenty of chances but couldn’t until the end," he said after the game.
Iniesta ‘out for four to six weeks’ | Football Espana
The club offered no information on how long the captain was likely to miss but AS cites a report from El Laguero that puts Iniesta’s absence at between four and six weeks. Iniesta joins Thomas Vermaelen, Adriano, Rafinha and Lionel Messi as unavailable to Coach Luis Enrique, Rafinha out for the season and Messi expected to miss the next two months.
Sid Lowe's Notes from Spain: is Lionel Messi irreplaceable? | WorldSoccer
The silence was deafening. Leo Messi was down in the penalty area and immediately the Camp Nou fell quiet. A long ball from Sergi Roberto had reached him and, with a single superb touch, he had controlled and dashed past the defender to the top of the six yard box. There, he prepared to shoot. As he did so, Pedro Bigas came across to block. The impact twisted Messi’s knee and he went to ground.
Leo Messi thanks fans for their support | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi has used social networks to communicate with his fans after suffering a serious injury against Las Palmas that is going to leave him side-lined for about two months. He posted a message on his Facebook account to say "thank you all for your supportive messages. For anyone who loves football, the hardest thing is not to be on the pitch. Now it’s time to recover properly to come back. A big hug."
Barca youth stars navigate injury curse - ESPN FC
With so many of his veterans injured and Andres Iniesta joining the walking wounded mid-match, the Leverkusen game was the ideal moment for younger fringe players to step up and prove their worth. In doing so, Munir El Haddadi, Sergi Roberto and Sandro Ramirez will have given their coach some hope that the coming weeks can be navigated without total collapse.
'Messi & Friends' corruption probe moved to Barcelona court - ESPN FC
A Spanish judge has ruled that an ongoing investigation into potential fraud in 'Messi & Friends' exhibition matches, played in summer 2012 and 2013, should be undertaken by prosecutors in Barcelona. Spanish Guardia Civil investigators have been looking into whether these exhibition games, in which Barcelona star Lionel Messi's charitable foundation had a role, were used by Colombian drug traders to launder money.
Neymar Porsche stuck in Brazil court battle says report - ESPN FC
A Porsche Panamera that Neymar won in a bet with his dad in 2011 was seized by the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service in 2014 because of alleged irregularities regarding its import into the country by a third-party company and is to remain in the domain of the government until the case is resolved in court, according to a report published in Tuesday's Folha do S. Paulo.
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano charged with tax fraud | Sky Sports
Barcelona player Mascherano is alleged to have sought to conceal earnings from his image rights by using companies set up in the United States and Portugal, the prosecutor's office said. The 31-year-old is accused of defrauding the authorities of 587,822.01 euros in 2011 and 968,907.76 euros in 2012, they added.
FC Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen: First European win slips away (1-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça tried to catch them down the wings, with Carles Pérez soon becoming the most incisive player with a number of penetrating runs to set up a series of chances. Carbonell enjoyed several of those, Álex Blanco had one too, and there was another for Pérez himself. In the meantime, Bayer only got through on goal once, but Dzalto’s strike was no major problem for Andreu. And so the first half came to a close, with the Catalans unfortunate not to have taken the lead.