Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Barca setback spells trouble
by Paul Kennedy, February 15th, 2010 12:43AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[SPAIN] Real Madrid has city rival Atletico to thank for blowing open La Liga race with its 2-1 win over leader Barcelona on Sunday. The result ended Barca's unbeaten streak at 21 league games to start the season and reduced its lead over Real Madrid to two points. To make matters worse, Barca's injury woes mounted, and its much-heralded short passing game was called into question.

Barca was already missing injured Eric Abidal, Dani Alves, Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Yaya Toure and Rafa Marquezand Gerard Pique, who were suspended, when Mali midfielder Seydou Keita limped off in the 7th minute.

Atletico scored two minutes later when Jose Antonio Reyes fed Uruguayan Diego Forlan. Portuguese Simao added the Atletico's lead on a free kick in the 22nd minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a close-range volley four minutes later, but while Barca never could find the equalizer.

Poor passing hurt the Catalan team, which finished the game with 83 bad passes.

"I would like to congratulate Atletico on a good game," said Barca coach Pep Guardiola. "They were very well organized while we were not at our best and did not get our passing rhythm going. I say nothing against our players because they did their best but we were not on our game. When we lost the ball, we did not position ourselves well."



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Arsene Wenger    
"One day, if I'm free, why not?" -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Friday saying he ...
What They're Saying: Sam Allardyce    
"Well done! Our journey has begun with our first win together. Looking forward to seeing you ...
This week in men's college soccer    
Albert Ruiz broke a 43-year-old NCAA record for the fastest hat trick to start a game ...
USL Playoffs: Red Bulls II take best record into postseason    
Overall points leader Red Bulls II heads the USL's Eastern Conference playoff field for first-round, sinlge-elimination ...
USMNT: Seven uncapped players who might get call-ups    
Jurgen Klinsmann's only chance to look at new talent before the Hexagonal starts Nov. 11 is ...
USL Playoffs: Sac Republic FC seeks to reclaim crown    
Two Western Conference games kick off the USL playoffs on Friday in the single-elimination tournament that ...
MLS Countdown: Lots on the line for Rapids and Timbers    
The second meeting of the season between Colorado and Portland comes nearly three months after a ...
NWSL Playoffs: Thorns and Spirit open at home    
For the Portland Thorns and Washington Spirit, this weekend's semifinals will mark the first time they've ...
U.S. Abroad: Carter-Vickers gets Spurs contract extension    
A week after 18-year-old defender Cameron Carter-Vickers made his pro debut for Tottenham Hotspur in the ...
Mexico: Gio is back for October friendlies    
LA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was picked by Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives