Barcelona 2-0 Racing Santander! Messi helps Barca breeze past Santander

Lionel Messi scored his 49th and 50th goals of the season to lead Barcelona to a 2-0 win at Racing Santander in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Four days after scoring a Champions League-record five goals in Barcelona’s 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen, Messi reached the 50-goal mark for the second straight season and closed to within five of matching Cesar Rodriguez’s all-time club record of 235.

Barcelona’ fourth straight victory kept it 10 points behind runaway leader Real Madrid, but with 12 rounds to play the defending champions’ chances of catching their fierce rival are dwindling. Continue reading

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Manchester United 2 – 0 Fulham – Premier League

There was no Grand National glory for Sir Alex Ferguson but Manchester United continue to power their own way towards the Premier League title.First-half strikes from Dimitar Berbatov – his 22nd of the season – and Antonio Valencia with his first since August allowed United to surge ten points clear of nearest challengers Arsenal. And, if they can keep a steady course over the final six hurdles, United will achieve what Ferguson’s Aintree hopeful What A Friend was unable to and finish ahead of the chasing pack. Continue reading

Liverpool 2 – 0 Chelsea

Fernando Torres (R) of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mate Raul Meireles during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on November 7, 2010 in Liverpool, England.

Fernando Torres produced a striker’s masterclass to score twice as Liverpool inflicted only a second defeat of the season on Premier League leaders Chelsea.Torres has a liking for playing the Londoners at Anfield, as his six goals in five matches against them at home shows.Chelsea were heavily linked with a summer bid for Torres but it never materialised and manager Carlo Ancelotti said he did not need to buy the striker as he was satisfied with his own forwards. Continue reading

Barcelona 2 – 0 FC Copenhagen:Messi fires for Barca

Lionel Messi (R) of Barcelona duels for the ball with Martin Vingaard of FC Copenhagen during the UEFA Champions League group D match between Barcelona and FC Copenhagen at the Camp Nou stadium on October 20, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.
Lionel Messi struck two hugely contrasting goals as Barcelona climbed to the top of Group D after squeezing past erstwhile leaders FC Copenhagen at the Nou Camp.Messi broke the deadlock with a thunderous effort in the 19th minute to cap a fine opening from Barca, but the hosts struggled to finish off their in-form opponents and survived a number of second-half scares before the Argentinian ace tapped home from close range in stoppage time to secure the points.The victory lifts Barca onto seven points, one above Copenhagen and five clear of third-placed Rubin Kazan. Continue reading

Real Madrid 2 – 0 AC Milan

Head Coach Jose Mourinho (R) of Real Madrid instructs Cristiano Ronaldo during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Real Madrid and AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 19, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.
Impressive Real Madrid took a giant step towards the knockout stages of the Champions League after defeating AC Milan thanks to two quickfire first-half goals. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free-kick in the 13th minute to put Jose Mourinho’s men ahead and moments later Madrid doubled their lead when Mesut Ozil’s shot was deflected in.Milan could find no way back after as nine-times European champions Madrid, who could have won by a more handsome margin, made it three victories out of three in Group G to move onto nine points. Continue reading