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FC Barcelona News: 6 January 2017; Barcelona Defeated, Three Named in UEFA Team of the Year

Athletic Club v Barcelona - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 First Leg Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 FC Barcelona: All still to play for | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona may have started 2016 with a defeat at San Mamés, but with the second leg at the Camp Nou to come in six days’ time, their bid to win a third Copa del Rey title in a row is still very much on track. And despite the result, even if the games to come this year are only half as action-packed as this one, Barça fans have got twelve very exciting months indeed to look forward to!

FC Barcelona’s narrow cup defeat, by the numbers | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s first game of 2017 did not quite go according to plan as Athletic Club came away with a narrow 2-1 win in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg but it was a familiar start in terms of who got on the scoresheet. Leo Messi began the year just as he did last, with a spectacular free-kick in the Copa last 16. Last year, against Espanyol, the Argentine struck a dead ball at the same stage of the cup in a 4-1 win.

Luis Enrique: Draw would have been fair result | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona found themselves trailing 2-0 to Athletic Bilbao in Thursday evening’s Copa del Rey first leg. But the Catalans “were able to react and deserved a draw” as manager Luis Enrique said after a game in which Leo Messi managed to pull one goal back. The rest of the job will now have to be done at the Camp Nou next week.

Andrés Iniesta: We were always in the game | FC Barcelona
The Barça players are focused on a second leg comeback to see them through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Leo Messi’s away goal has kept them well and truly alive in the clash with Athletic and captain Andrés Iniesta emphasized that “the tie is still open.” “At no point did we lost touch in the game, we tried right until the end but we could find the equaliser,” he continued.

Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi in UEFA Team of the Year | FC Barcelona
On Thursday, UEFA announced its teams of the year as voted by more than seven million worldwide users of its official website. And there are no fewer than three players from FC Barcelona in the XI, one in defence, one in midfield and one in attack: Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and Leo Messi.

'We know how this works' - Pique accuses referees of Madrid bias | Goal
"The penalty to Neymar was very clear and the one with Gorka [Iraizoz] on me, too, but we already know how this works," Pique said after the match, according to Sport. "We already saw what happened yesterday in Sevilla against Madrid... from kick-off to the last minutes. We want to play football and not roulette, which is what these referees cause."

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