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Barcelona: Lionel Messi Manages To Sneak Suspended Neymar Into Post-Clasico Dressing Room Victory Photo

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The keen-eyed amongst you may well have noticed that a certain Neymar wasn't included in the Barcelona team that registered a rousing 3-2 victory over Real Madrid in Sunday night's suitably tempestuous El Clasico fixture.

Indeed, Neymar was left at homeafter Barca were warned that flouting a pending appeal into the Brazilian forward's recent red card against Malaga by fielding him against Real would see the club in breach of court regulations.

El Clasico: Lionel Messi Scores 500th Barcelona Goal To Secure Injury-Time Victory Over Real Madrid (Photos & Video)

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As was foretold in the prophecy, Lionel Messi's 500th goal for Barcelona was enough to sink Real Madrid in the final minute of Sunday night's El Clasico fixture and send the Catalans back to the top of La Liga, if only by the slimmest of margins.

Casemiro put Real ahead in the 28th minute before Messi scored No.

Last Second Messi Winner Keep Barca's Title Hopes Alive | Barca - 3, Real Madrid - 2

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- Lionel Messi Celebrating Scoring the Winner against Real Madrid -

I think the great thing about Leo is that he continues to surprise. After so many years he is still decisive. Andres Iniesta

Lionel Messi once again proved why he is still considered the Best in the World.

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi’s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

Football: ‘Best ever’ Messi turns tables on Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique revelled in turning the tables on bitter rivals Real Madrid as Lionel Messi struck deep into stoppage time to edge a thrilling El Clasico 3-2 on Sunday.

Messi’s second goal of the night was his 500th for Barcelona and took the Catalans to the top of La Liga.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Five things we learned from El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal deep into stoppage time to earn the Catalans a 3-2 win over Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

Here, AFP sports looks at five things we learned from the five-goal thriller.

Title race back on

Victory for Madrid would have all but sealed their first La Liga title in five years.

Messi hits Barcelona 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barcelona 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi hits Barca 500 with last gasp El Clasico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro’s opener for Madrid in the first-half.

Messi double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

A double from Messi and Ivan Rakitic’s stunning strike takes Barca top of the table, although Madrid still have a game in hand.

Messi double as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 3-2 in El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday.

A double from Messi and Ivan Rakitic’s stunning strike takes Barca top of the table, although Madrid still have a game in hand.

Barcelona must rally around Lionel Messi to beat Real Madrid in Clásico

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A fair portion of the soccer world holds Lionel Messi to stratospheric standards.

Following on from the midweek UEFA Champions League matches, the Barcelona man’s performance in the 0-0 draw against Juventus was criticized in some quarters. He missed a fine chance in the first period, hooked over another in the second and, to cap off a frustrating night, fell flush on his face after a challenge with Miralem Pjanic.

Barcelona must rally around Lionel Messi to beat Real Madrid in Clásico

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A fair portion of the soccer world holds Lionel Messi to stratospheric standards.

Following on from the midweek UEFA Champions League matches, the Barcelona man’s performance in the 0-0 draw against Juventus was criticized in some quarters. He missed a fine chance in the first period, hooked over another in the second and, to cap off a frustrating night, fell flush on his face after a challenge with Miralem Pjanic.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Twitter Release Special Pack Of El Clasico-Themed Emojis Ahead Of Barcelona’s Crucial Trip To Real Madrid (Photo)

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Ahead of the bi-annual ref-crowding pageant that is El Clasico, the people at Twitter have rolled out a series of limited edition Barcelona and Real Madrid-themed emojis for the occasion.

WithLa Liga's twin behemoths set to go duke it out at the summit of the tableonce again on Sunday evening, fans (presumably under the age of 12) will be able to squabble over who's the bestest on social media using the following array of miniature pictographs.

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

‘Blood, sweat and tears’ not enough for beaten Barca

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi ended with a bloodied face, Neymar in tears, but no matter what they tried Barcelona couldn’t break down a Juventus defensive wall as the Spanish champions crashed out of the Champions League.

Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw wasn’t the cause of their demise, but an error-strewn 3-0 first leg defeat that left even Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez too much to do against the team with the best defensive record left in the Champions League.

Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

Juventus hold firm to knock out Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona failed to produce another miraculous Champions League comeback as Juventus held out for a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.

The Spanish champions had overcome a 4-0 first leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

Barca need five to beat Juve – Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will need to hit at least five goals past Juventus to produce another miracle Champions League comeback, but have nothing to lose according to outgoing coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalans made Champions League history by overcoming a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the last round, but have another mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as they trail their quarter-final tie 3-0.

‘Barcelona Forwards Are Like Sharks, They Smell Blood’ – Giorgio Chiellini Wary Of Luis Suarez Relapse Ahead Of Champions League Second Leg

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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has likened Barcelona's attack to blood-thirsty sharks and let's face it, he would know, having been partially devoured by one of them in the past.

The Bianconeriare heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with a commanding three-goal cushion to fall back on, but the grizzled veteran is more than aware thatLionel Messi and co.

Arsenal and Liverpool stars requested at Barcelona this summer

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Lionel Messi wassupposedly told his club Barcelona that he would like to see Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Monaco's Bernardo Silva and Paris Saint-Germain's Marco Verratti join him this summer. The superstar is believed to have a strong influence within the running of the club, and is often asked his opinion on potential targets.

Messi keeps Barca alive ahead of El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico.

Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2.

Messi keeps Barca alive ahead of El Clasico

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s top two edged five-goal thrillers ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico.

Earlier on Saturday, Isco struck at the death to keep Real Madrid three points clear and with a game in hand at the top of the table after twice coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijon 3-2.

Champions League: Dybala At The Double As Juventus Dominate Barcelona In Turin (Video)

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Juventus find themselves firmly in the driving seat of their quarter-final tie with Juventus after the Italians put three past the Spanish giants in Turin on Tuesday night.

Paulo Dybala was the star of the show for the Serie A giants, with the 23-year-old Argentine attacker opening the scoring after just seven minutes, courtesy of a deft curling effort.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

Dybala stars as Juventus outclass Barcelona

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Argentine striker Paulo Dybala upstaged his illustrious compatriot Lionel Messi with a brace as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin on Tuesday.

Dybala scored twice in the first 22 minutes for the Italian champions and Giorgio Chiellini made it 3-0 10 minutes into the second half, leaving Barcelona shellshocked.

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Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Football: Argentina to take on minnows Singapore

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Singapore (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s Argentina will take on football minnows Singapore in a June friendly match in the city-state, organisers said Wednesday.

Argentina, ranked second in the world by FIFA, will kick off at the National Stadium against 159th placed Singapore on June 13 to mark the 125th anniversary of the island’s football association.

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo first to 100 Champions League goals

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to reach 100 Champions League goals as he scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The Portugal star, who racked up a century of goals in Europe in the first leg, headed in his first of the game on 76 minutes before firing Real back ahead in the tie on 105 minutes.

Argentine FA chief set for Messi meeting, denies Sampaoli contact

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The new president of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) flew to Barcelona on Thursday to meet Lionel Messi but ruled out any possibility of an encounter with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“The only object of my trip is to see Messi. As for the new coach, we are relaxed about that because Bauza has only just left,” said the recently elected Claudio Tapia.

Argentine FA chief set for Messi meeting, denies Sampaoli contact

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Buenos Aires (AFP) – The new president of the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) flew to Barcelona on Thursday to meet Lionel Messi but ruled out any possibility of an encounter with Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli.

“The only object of my trip is to see Messi. As for the new coach, we are relaxed about that because Bauza has only just left,” said the recently elected Claudio Tapia.

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Lionel Messi's Goals against Real Madrid | Barca Images GIF

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Lionel Messi was instrumental in securing a 3-2 victory against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernebeu on Sunday. Here are the GIF animations of Messi's glorious nights.

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Lionel Messi maintains God status in El Clasico, D.C. United/Spirit/Kickers recaps & more: Monday Freedom Kicks

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A tremendous rivalry game and a bunch of local soccer for your reading.

What a trippy little game that was. Soccer, right?

Recaps of D.C. United's draw with the New England Revolution by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and WaPo. The Bent Musket has things from the Land of Heaps.

Thursday Kickoff: Tuchel, Argentina, Messi and more

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In the wake of the bus explosion that rocked the club, Borussia Dortmund's manager hit out at UEFA for what he saw as a "lousy" decision.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel ripped UEFA for the quick turnaround following the attack on the club's bus that injured Marc Bartra. (REPORT)

Sevilla released a statement warning Argentina not to pursue hiring head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked with the job in recent weeks.