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FC Barcelona News: 22 September 2016; Barcelona Draw to Atletico Madrid, Lose Lionel Messi for 3 Weeks

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FC Barcelona v Atlético Madrid: One point each (1–1) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic gave Barça the lead after 41 minutes of play — the first conceded by Atlético on the road this season across all competitions — but after Lionel Messi left with an injury, striker Ángel Correa levelled things up in the 60th as neither side was able to scoop up the three points and instead were forced to settle for one each.

Leo Messi out for three weeks | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi will be out of action for around three weeks. The Argentine star tore a muscle in his groin in the second half of the game against Atlético Madrid at Camp Nou. As such, Barça will be without the best player in the world for the three games that the blaugranes have before the next break for international fixtures: league games against Sporting Gijón and Celta Vigo and the game against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Champions League.

Andrés Iniesta laments dropped points | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona had to settle for a draw against Atlético Madrid on Wednesday night at the Camp Nou, after Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header was cancelled out by Angel Correa’s goal in the second period. Club captain Andrés Iniesta played a killer cross for the Croatian to put Barça in the lead just before half-time but ultimately it was not enough to take home the three points.

Luis Enrique says Barça deserved to win | FC Barcelona
"That’s football," said FC Barcelona manager Luis Enrique after the 1–1 draw with Atlético Madrid that Barça — up a goal late in the first half — were close, at times, to putting away. "These types of games are decided by fine details," he said, well aware that sheer bad luck played a big role in the goal that let Atlético draw level.

Sergio Busquets to sign new contract with FC Barcelona on Thursday | FC Barcelona
First team player Sergio Busquets will be putting pen to paper to sign his new contract with FC Barcelona on Thursday 22 September at 1.00pm CET in the club offices. As has already been announced, the midfielder will be prolonging his relations with the club until 30 June 2021, while the deal also includes the option of a further two-year extension through to the 2022/23 season, depending on the number of games that he plays.

Iniesta sets new La Liga assist record against Atletico Madrid -
Andres Iniesta's assist for Ivan Rakitic's goal in Barcelona's 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid means he is the only player to have made at least one assist in each of the last 14 La Liga seasons. The Catalans' provider-in-chief took his all-time assist tally to 83 on Wednesday when he crossed for Rakitic to open the scoring before half time.

Filipe Luis turning football into a circus – Suarez blasts Atletico defender's Instagram moan -
Luis Suarez has blasted Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis after the full-back posted a photograph on Instagram of an injury he claims the Barcelona forward inflicted. Barca were held to a 1-1 draw in Wednesday's La Liga contest at Camp Nou, after which Filipe Luis promptly uploaded an image of his bloodied right foot, bearing a stud mark.

Douglas refused to leave Camp Nou | Football Espana
Defender Douglas reportedly refused to sign the papers sanctioning his loan move to Sporting Gijon before lawyers eventually convinced him. The Brazilian full-back joined Barcelona in 2014 from Sao Paulo but Sport report that he was so unwilling to leave the Camp Nou he not only refused to sign the contract that would make his loan move away official, but also refused to leave the offices at the club.

Bartomeu describes FC Barcelona's global outlook to Harvard students | FC Barcelona
For the second year running, FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has given a video conference from the Camp Nou to an MBA class at Harvard Business School where, among other matters, he described the successful way in which the club has combined its global dimension with its local roots and the key factors behind the club’s growth in recent years, with a priority focus on the international market.

Fifty years since the Fairs Cup victory of 1966 | FC Barcelona
After winning the first two editions in 1958 and 1960, and also reaching the final in 1962, the Blaugrana continued their excellent form in the competition by beating DOS Utrecht, Royal Antwerp, Hannover 96, RCD Espanyol and Chelsea to make it into the 1966 final, where they were to meet fellow Liga outfit Real Zaragoza.

Rival watch: Sporting lose at Celta, Real Madrid held by Villarreal | FC Barcelona
Bruno Soriano put an impressive Villarreal into a 1-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabéu with a ‘Panenka’ style penalty on the stroke of half-time. Although Sergio Ramos squared things up with a headed goal just three minutes after the restart, there was no further score and Real Madrid have dropped their first points of the campaign.

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