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FC Barcelona News: 14 December 2023; Barça lose to Royal Antwerp, Oriol Romeu set to stay despite Girona links

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Royal Antwerp 3-2 FC Barcelona: Late despair in Belgium - FC Barcelona
Thankfully it makes no difference to the bigger picture, but FC Barcelona have crashed to a 3-2 defeat in Antwerp. After going down after just a minute and a half, they mustered an equaliser before going behind for a second time. And despite levelling up in second half injury time, they were then stunned as the Belgians struck straight back with a late winner.

Héctor Fort makes first team debut - FC Barcelona
Barça had already qualified and were virtually assured of top spot in Group H, so Xavi Hernández could afford to experiment against Royal Antwerp on Wednesday, to the extent that right back Héctor Fort not only made his senior debut, but did so in the starting line-up, playing for a whole hour before João Cancelo took his place for the remainder of the match.

FC Barcelona's possible opponents in the Champions League last 16 - FC Barcelona
With the Champions League group stage now over, FC Barcelona now know that they will face one of PSV Eindhoven, Copenhagen, Napoli, Inter, Leipzig, Lazio or PSG in the last 16 of the competition. Those club all came second in their groups so now could be drawn against group H winners Barça.

Xavi Hernandez "worried" about current situation at Barcelona following Royal Antwerp defeat - Football España
Barcelona ended their Champions League group stage campaign in very disappointing fashion, as they fell to a 3-2 defeat to Royal Antwerp on Wednesday – it was the Belgian side’s first points in the competition after five straight defeats.

Barcelona will not allow under-fire Oriol Romeu to leave in January despite links with former club - Football España
Despite a promising start, it has been a very difficult few months for Romeu, who has struggled to force himself into contention under Xavi Hernandez. As a result, it has also led to reports that he could leave as early as January, with Girona – whom Romeu joined from – very interested in re-signing him.

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