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Lionel Messi weds Antonella Roccuzzo June 30

Related imageArgentina and Barcelona football superstar Lionel Messi is to marry his long term partner and mother of his two children, Antonella Roccuzzo, in their hometown of Rosario on June 30th.

“The wedding will be held in Rosario, Argentina, on June 30,” Messi’s personal communications agency 6Pointer said.

The ceremony between the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his childhood sweetheart is to be held at Rosario cathedral and many of Messi’s Barcelona teammates are expected, chief amongst them the couple’s closest friends, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and his wife Sofia Balbi.

Messi turns 30 on June 24 and Roccuzzo is 29 and the pair have been living together for nine years and have two children, four-year-old Thiago and baby Mateo.

Fifa lift Messi’s 4 Argentina match ban

Messi's four-game Argentina ban and fine rescinded after FIFA appeal

The Barcelona forward sat out a damaging World Cup qualifying defeat to Bolivia, but is free to rejoin his country’s quest to reach Russia 2018

Lionel Messi’s four-match ban for allegedly insulting an official in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile has been rescinded by FIFA following an appeal.

The Barcelona forward had been banned from playing in their subsequent qualifier against Bolivia, which the World Cup 2014 finalists lost.

“The FIFA Appeal Committee has upheld the appeal lodged by the Argentinian Football Association, on behalf of the player Lionel Messi, against the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, lifting the sanctions imposed on him as a result,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

“Following a hearing which took place in Zurich on 4 May 2017, the Appeal Committee has set aside the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on March 28 2017, which, in application of art. 77 a) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC), had found Lionel Messi guilty of infringing art. 57 of the FDC for having directed insulting words at an assistant referee.


Higuain scores two goals for Juventus Vs Monaco, near UCL Final

One of the hottest UEFA Champions League was Juventus vs As Monaco. On Wednesday night, Juventus edged closer to booking a place in the final of the 2017 UEFA Champions League in Cardiff in June with a 2-0 win over home side Monaco at the Stade Louis II in the second semi-finals of the competition.
Gonzalo Higuain scored a brace on the night for the Old Lady to continue their impressive away form in the competition after they held Barcelona 0-0 at Camp Nou in the quarter-finals.

Juventus scored in the 29th minute through Higuain who finished off a great counter attacking move with a low shot after Dani Alves’ backheel.

Higuain had chances to add to his tally as well as Monaco’s impressive Kylian Mbappe but both men were undone by the excellent defensive backlines they faced.

Two minutes into the second half, Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a great save to deny Falcao who made himself some space inside the box and unleashed a quick low drive towards the middle of the goal.

Claudio Marchisio wasted a good chance to put his side 2-0 up nine minutes after the break. He was one-on-one with Monaco keeper Danijel Subasic inside the six-yard box and attempted to put the ball low into the middle of the target, but was denied by a great save.

The Italian midifielder was booked four minutes later for a foul on Brazilian defender Fabinho.

Juventus scored a second goal in the 59th minute through Higuain again, Alves again the provider with a cross. Higuain got on the end of it to put the ball low into the middle of the net.

Leonardo Jardim decided to introduce fresh legs, with Valere Germain replacing Thomas Lemar and Joao Moutinho coming on in place of Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Radamel Falcao was stopped in the 73rd minute and soon afterwards it was Bernado Silva who chested the ball down from a Joao Moutinho pass but the ball was cleared.


Barca will continue to fight for La Liga title -Messi

Image result for Lionel MessiFormer World footballer of the year, Lionel Messi on Monday hailed Barcelona’s dramatic 3-2 Clasico victory over arch-rivals Real Madrid as an “important step” in the race for the La Liga title, AFP reports.

Messi’s last-gasp goal marked his 500th for Barcelona and blew the La Liga title race wide open at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Victory takes Barca top of the table thanks to their better head-to-head record with both sides locked on 75 points, but Madrid have a game in hand.

“We went to the Bernabeu to win and to continue to fight for La Liga,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said on his Facebook page.

“There is still a long way to go, but we left with the joy of having taken an important step,” added Messi, the top scorer in La Liga with 31 goals, alongside a photo of himself celebrating one of his goals.

Barcelona are bidding for a third straight La Liga and Spanish Cup double. They play Alaves in the Cup final on May 27.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s La Liga title credentials will be put to the test on Wednesday as a tough week continues with a tricky trip to Deportivo La Coruna.

This season the Galician side’s Riazor Stadium has proven an unhappy hunting ground for top clubs.

Atletico Madrid, Villarreal and Valencia have all been held to draws there, while Barcelona succumbed to a shock 2-1 defeat last month as the battle by Pepe Mel’s side to avoid the drop gathered pace.

After losing a dramatic Clasico  with the last kick of the game – a result that sees the Catalans move ahead at the top of the table because of their superior head-to-head record – Madrid know they cannot afford defeat as they bid to lift their first La Liga title for five years.

Coach Zinedine Zidane insisted that, while they might currently sit second, the fact that Madrid have played one game fewer means they still control their own destiny.

“Nothing changes, we still have things in our own hands and we are only thinking about Wednesday’s game,” Zidane said.

“It (the Clasico) was not about deciding who wins La Liga. A win, loss or draw means that nothing changes. We are disappointed as overall we did not deserve to lose, but football is like that. We do not have too much time to wallow and have to get over it.”

Barcelona in greatest comeback ever in history!

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The Catalans secured an astonishing 6-1 win at Camp Nou to knock out Paris Saint-Germain and keep their Champions League hopes alive

“If Paris Saint-Germain scored four, we can score six.” That is what Luis Enrique said in the pre-match press conference ahead of this match and his team did exactly that to produce perhaps the greatest comeback in football history.The Barcelona boss was written off and called every name under the sun after the Catalans’ capitulation in the first leg at the Parc des Princes. Since that 4-0 loss, he has announced that he will not continue in the summer and in many ways, the pressure was off.

Could Barca really do it? The Blaugrana beat Sporting Gijon 6-1

1 last Wednesday and then thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 at the weekend. Paris Saint-Germain would be a different test, but belief was building. “Yes we can,” the supporters sang on Saturday.

And yes they did. Luis Suarez scored inside three minutes to give Barca a dream start and an own goal from Layvin Kurzawa before half-time made it 2-0 at the break. The comeback was on. And when Lionel Messi added another from the penalty spot four minutes after the interval, it looked like Barca would go on to achieve a historic turnaround.

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But then PSG scored. Edinson Cavani’s fine finish meant it was now 5-3 on aggregate, but Barca needed three because of the away goal. The Uruguayan’s strike knocked the stuffing out of the Catalans for a while – but they never stopped believing.

Perhaps Luis Enrique’s words were ringing in their ears. “If PSG scored four, we can score six.” Now they needed to do just that, but time was running out and when Neymar hammered home a fantastic free-kick with two minutes left, Barca still had to convert twice more.

Suarez then earned a penalty in the final minute, which Neymar netted. PSG complained, but to no avail and Barca threw everything at the French champions through five minutes of added time as even Marc-Andre ter Stegen piled forward.

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Again Neymar’s contribution was vital as the Brazilian produced a perfect delivery into the box for Sergi Roberto (who had been exposed by PSG in the first leg) to apply the finish. Emery grimaced as the Camp Nou erupted. History had been made.

Asked about Barca’s 4-0 loss in Paris, former coach Pep Guardiola said last month: “Be careful not to criticise Barca and Luis [Enrique] too much – because they may end up proving you wrong.”

And they did just that in incredible circumstances. This was wonderful, magical, unbelievable – the greatest comeback in the history of the Champions League and perhaps in the history of football itself.

What a game. What a night. What a turnaround. And as Alex Ferguson said after his Manchester United side turned it around at this same stadium with two late goals against Bayern Munich to win the 1999 Champions League final: “Football. Bloody hell!”

ULC: Barcelona makes history, becomes first team in history to up turn 4 goals

Barcelona complete greatest comeback in Champions League history

Barca are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit, after defeating PSG 6-1 on Wednesday.

Barcelona made Champions League history on Wednesday, overcoming a four-goal first-leg deficit against PSG to advance to the quarter-finals.

Luis Enrique’s side were the first in Champions League and European Cup history to rally back from four down after the opening match.

Sergi Roberto was the hero for Barca, scoring in the 94th minute to complete what many viewed as an unrealistic feat before the match began.

Neymar had a double, while Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez also found the net for Barcelona. PSG’s Layvin Kurzawa was credited with an own goal.

UCL: PSG shocks Barcelona with 4:0 thrashing

A night to forget for Barcelona and Luis Enrique. The Blaugrana boss surprisingly selected Andre Gomes in midfield away to Paris Saint-Germain and saw his side swept away by the French champions in a devastating defeat. He really should have seen it coming.

PSG coach Unai Emery is a meticulous tactician who led Sevilla to three successive Europa League titles with Sevilla before moving to Paris. The Basque is an expert at exploiting rivals’ weakness and even though he had overseen only one victory in 24 matches against Barca prior to this, he had always caused them problems.

But not quite like this. With Aleix Vidal sidelined for the rest of the season after his horrific injury at the weekend, Emery knew that Sergi Roberto would start this match at right back and deliberately targeted that channel.

Luis Enrique must have known that would happen, yet he selected Andre Gomes in front of the Catalan instead of Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian would have offered greater protection to the 25-year-old and is also aggressive. The Portuguese provided none of that and also missed a great chance at 0-0.

Julian Draxler Sergi Roberto Paris SG FC Barcelona UEFA Champions League 14022017

But by the time Gomes departed, Barca were 3-0 down. Angel Di Maria had opened the scoring with a fantastic free-kick after 19 minutes, while Julian Draxler made it two shortly before the interval as Jordi Alba was caught out on the left side.

Both Alba and Sergi Roberto were guilty of making mistakes, while Marc-Andre Ter Stegen could perhaps have done better for the second goal and Samuel Umtiti gave away the free-kick for the first with a clumsy foul.

Even before the opener, Rafinha was warming up for Barca. Luis Enrique could tell that things were not working and was already contemplating a change, yet it did not come until far too late.

Gomes was almost anonymous and should have been brought off much sooner, while even Lionel Messi was being crowded out and pushed into areas where he had little influence. In fact, the Argentine attacker was at fault for PSG’s second as he gave the ball away carelessly

At 2-0 down, Barca were still in the tie and Luis Enrique could have brought on Rakitic for Gomes at half-time. Instead, however, he failed to react, the pattern from the first half continued into the second and when Di Maria curled home for 3-0, the Catalans looked like a beaten team.

And when the Blaugrana did eventually start to push, it was at 4-0 down. Too little, too late. And now they need a miracle to stay in a competition they won four times between 2006 and 2015 – the last of those in a treble triumph under Luis Enrique.

The Asturian coach is yet to agree a new contract with the Catalan club and after this result, the return leg at Camp Nou may well be his last as coach of the Blaugrana. Because overturning a 4-0 deficit will be almost impossible – even for this team. No other side has achieved it and PSG look too good to throw it away from here.

There were shades of the Munich defeat about this for Barca – the 4-0 loss to Bayern at the Allianz Arena in the semi-finals in 2013. But that came with a team in turmoil, the late coach Tito Vilanova having taken time out for cancer treatment and Messi struggling with injury and fitness problems. There were also key decisions that went against them on that night, despite their poor performance.

There was no excuse for this, though, and no extenuating circumstances either. This was the most dire display in the club’s modern-day history and it surely marks the beginning of the end for Luis Enrique as well. If only he had reacted sooner

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