Barcelona 3 -1 Leganes ! Messi magic as hosts equal LaLiga record

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Messi curled home a fantastic 30-yard free-kick before latching onto Philippe Coutinho’s through ball to make it 2-0.

Nabil el Zhar pulled one back but Messi scored from Ousmane Dembele’s pass to complete a 45th career hat-trick. Continue reading

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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

Real Madrid 4 – 2 Villarreal : Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and set up another for Kaka as Real Madrid twice fought back from deficits to defeat Villarreal in an entertaining encounter at the Bernabeu.Villarreal led through goals from Cani and Marco Ruben during a hugely impressive first-half display, but they were pegged back each time by strikes from Ronaldo.The second half belonged almost entirely to Madrid and Ronaldo gave the home side the lead they deserved with his third of the match 10 minutes from time, and two minutes later he provided the pass for the fit-again Kaka to score his first goal of the season. Continue reading

Iniesta: Confidence is sky high

Iniesta: Confidence is sky high

“This is the most important match in our history,” said Iker Casillas in reference to Spain’s South Africa 2010 semi-final against Germany on Wednesday. Though the Germans are in irresistible form, the European champions know what it takes to beat them, having overcome the same opposition in the final of UEFA EURO 2008. Continue reading

Uruguay-Ghana preview

Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring

Although Uruguay have a rich FIFA World Cup™ history, they have not advanced as far as the quarter-finals since their run to the last four in 1970. Ghana, their opponents on Friday night, have never gone this far in the tournament before, having reached the second round four years ago on their FIFA World Cup debut. Continue reading

Villa ends Portuguese dreams

David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal

A 63rd-minute David Villa goal proved enough for Spain to beat Portugal and reach the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The highly-anticipated meeting between these Iberian rivals, the first in six years, lived up to expectations, certainly in the first half when Carlos Queiroz’s side were unlucky not to be rewarded for their endeavour in Cape Town. La Roja were dominant after the break, however, and El Guaje’s close-range finish ensured they will now meet Paraguay for a place in the last four. Continue reading