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Messi stars as Barcelona beat Chelsea 3-0

Lionel Messi scored his 99th and 100th Champions League goals for Barcelona (Image credit: EPA)

Chelsea went out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage as Barcelona forward Lionel Messi punished an error-ridden display in the Nou Camp. Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the visitors fell behind after just 128 seconds as Lionel Messi shot through the legs of Thibaut Courtois from a tight angle. Messi then set up Ousmane Dembele ...

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Barcelona’s Iniesta a doubt for Chelsea clash after injury

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Barcelona could be without Andres Iniesta for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Chelsea after he suffered a hamstring injury. Barcelona confirmed their key midfielder sustained the injury in his right leg during the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win over Atletico Madrid. Iniesta tried to continue after feeling the problem around the 20-minute mark, but ...

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Coutinho off the mark as Barcelona reach Copa final

Coutinho has started only once for Barca since moving from Liverpool in January (Image credit: Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish side beat Valencia to reach a record fifth successive Copa del Rey final. Coutinho, making his fifth appearance since a £142m move from Liverpool, came on in the second half and acrobatically steered home from Luis Suarez’s cross. That put Barca, cup winners in the past three years, 2-0 up ...

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Coutinho makes debut as Barcelona reach Copa semis

Barca are expected to pay £105m up front for Coutinho - with the rest in realistic add-ons (Image credit: Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho made his debut for Barcelona as they beat Espanyol to reach the Spanish Cup semi-finals. The £142m signing from Liverpool came on with 22 minutes to play, by which time Barca were already 2-0 up in reply to last week’s 1-0 first-leg defeat. Coutinho might have had an assist were it not for Pau Lopez’s fine save from ...

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Ronaldinho: Brazilian football legend retires from football

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Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldinho has retired from football, although he has not played a game since 2015. Ronaldinho, 37, was part of the triumphant Brazil 2002 World Cup squad, won the Champions League in 2006 with Barcelona and won the Balon d’Or in 2005. His brother and agent Roberto Assis confirmed the retirement on Tuesday and announced a series ...

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Philippe Coutinho completes Barcelona medical ahead of move from Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho has completed a medical ahead his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday. Brazil international Coutinho underwent his medical on Monday morning despite a thigh problem that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last two games, following the two clubs agreeing a deal on Saturday. The club said in a statement: “Coutinho ...

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Philippe Coutinho says £142m Barcelona move is a ‘dream come true’

Coutinho took part in a brief photo session on Sunday at the Nou Camp (Image credit: Getty Images)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho says his move to Barcelona is a “dream come true” before his official presentation at the Nou Camp on Monday. The 25-year-old is set to join the Spanish giants after a £142m deal was agreed with Liverpool on Saturday. He took part in a brief photo session at the Nou Camp after Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday. Coutinho ...

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Messi, Suarez on target as Barcelona sweep past Levante

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Lionel Messi marked his 400th Barcelona appearance with a goal as the La Liga leaders maintained their nine-point advantage with victory over Levante. Messi opened the scoring at the Nou Camp, chipping the ball to Jordi Alba and volleying home the return. His 365th La Liga goal equalled Gerd Muller’s record for goals in a single one of Europe’s top ...

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Philippe Coutinho transfer saga is over: Barcelona agree £142million deal with Liverpool for Brazilian playmaker

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Philippe Coutinho has finally got his dream move to Barcelona. Liverpool have agreed a €160million (£142m) deal to sell the Brazilian playmaker to Barca. Coutinho will become the third most expensive footballer of all-time and the Spanish giants’ record buy. Reports in the Spanish media had claimed a deal was struck on Friday night between the two clubs. That has ...

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