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Year Starts badly for Barcelona

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Sunday, 03 January 2010 20:34

Soccer Betting News - BarcelonaBarcelona did not start well saturday the year to tie at home to Villarreal (1-1), in advance party of the 16th round of the Spanish league, so you could lose the lead if Real Madrid beats Osasuna Sunday.

The Catalan club, who won six titles in 2009 and not attended by its star Leo Messi Argentina, who enjoyed a few days holiday in his country, was ahead in the scoring through Peter in the 7th minute .

Canaries striker, who managed the feat of scoring in six contests with Barcelona the year just ended, stopped the ball with his chest, hit the crossbar after a French Thierry Henry, and finished to the net unopposed.

But Villarrreal, ninth in the standings, managed a draw in the 51st minute through David Fuster, who had previously had two clear chances, and he managed to reach out on both a cross from the right at the far post, beating Victor Valdes with a cross shot.

The Italian Giuseppe Rossi, who had replaced the Brazilian Nilmar in 75, came close to victory at Villarreal three minutes from time but his shot past goalkeeper after Barca, was taken by Carlos Puyol near the line of goal.

For the first time that Barcelona gave points at home this season.

Villarreal, who had three consecutive wins in the championship, had already spoiled the party at the Nou Camp last season (3-3), delaying the completion of the Catalan team title.

"Villarreal have always taken something positive from the Camp Nou in recent times," said Fuster, the visiting team's scorer.

Meanwhile, FC Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, said the Christmas break helped them to relax, but cut them up.

"It's always hard" to regain fitness after a period of rest, "and more against a team like Villarreal," said Busquets.

Barcelona, who had four straight victories in the Spanish league, was surprised in the midfield and Yaya Toure of Mali Seydou Keita, who have gone to play the African Cup in Angola, and will be missing several matches.

Barca, who remains the only unbeaten team in the competition, offered his audience before the game won six trophies in 2009: Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Super Cup of Spain and Europe and Club World.

If Real Madrid beat Osasuna Barcelona tomorrow to reach the tip, both with 40 points, but the capital equipment is put first, because of better goal difference.

In another advance party, a giant Serbian goal in stoppage Nicola Zigic (90 +3) enabled Valencia beat Espanyol 1-0 at the Mestalla, and placed temporarily in third place, pending what the Sevilla at Atletico Madrid field.

Zigic headed in a cross from the right of Joachim and scored his first goal of the season and the only goal for Valencia, which had several chances in the boots of David Villa, who came to crash a ball at the stick.

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