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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.

Busquets back as Barca seek new miracle

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique welcomed back Sergio Busquets with the Catalans needing another remarkable comeback to oust Italian champions Juventus and reach the Champions League semi-finals at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Juventus claimed a 3-0 lead in last week’s quarter-final first leg, but Barca overcame a 4-0 deficit in the last 16 by beating Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 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 eye another famous comeback with semis in sight

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Paris (AFP) – Little over a month after producing the greatest comeback in Champions League history, Barcelona need another special turnaround as they face Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

Luis Enrique’s side were taken apart in the first leg in Turin, losing 3-0 to a Juve team inspired by Paulo Dybala, who scored twice.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Luis Enrique eyes time out, not new job after Barcelona

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique hinted he will follow Pep Guardiola’s lead by taking a sabbatical rather than seeking a new job when he steps down at the end of the season.

Enrique announced last month he will not renew his contract at Camp Nou despite winning eight trophies in his three-year reign and with the possibility of adding three more in La Liga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his final months in charge.

Barca visit hands Sampaoli last chance to impress

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli has a final shot to further his case to land his dream job at the end of the season when his slumping Sevilla side travel to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sampaoli looked to be at the head of the queue when Barca boss Luis Enrique announced he would step down at the end of the campaign little over a month ago.

Barca visit hands Sampaoli last chance to impress

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Madrid (AFP) – Jorge Sampaoli has a final shot to further his case to land his dream job at the end of the season when his slumping Sevilla side travel to Barcelona on Wednesday.

Sampaoli looked to be at the head of the queue when Barca boss Luis Enrique announced he would step down at the end of the campaign little over a month ago.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

Barca await speedy Rafinha diagnosis

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are waiting to see how midfielder Rafinha’s knee injury evolves to begin the appropriate treatment, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The Brazilian had to be replaced after just 17 minutes as Barca ran out 4-1 winners at Granada on Sunday with a slight tear to the inner meniscus of his right knee.

‘Impeccable’ Messi, Pique miss Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed Lionel Messi’s behaviour towards referees is “impeccable” despite the Argentine racking up suspensions for club and country.

Messi is banned for the first time in five seasons for Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada just days after being slapped with a four-game suspension for insulting an assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.

‘Impeccable’ Messi, Pique miss Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique claimed Lionel Messi’s behaviour towards referees is “impeccable” despite the Argentine racking up suspensions for club and country.

Messi is banned for the first time in five seasons for Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada just days after being slapped with a four-game suspension for insulting an assistant referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Outspoken Pique rested for Granada trip

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Barcelona (AFP) – Gerard Pique will join Lionel Messi on the sidelines for Barcelona’s return to La Liga action on Sunday at Granada after being left out Luis Enrique’s 18-man squad on Saturday.

Pique played in both Spain’s wins over Israel and France during the recent international break.

Difficult to rest Messi: Luis Enrique

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique suggested Lionel Messi will have to be rested for some of an April packed with huge clashes, but that even the Catalan giants would struggle without the “best player in the world”.

Messi has started every Barca game in 2017 and will do so once more when Valencia visit the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Ramos strikes again as Madrid prosper from Barca hangover

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos struck another late winner as the European champions usurped Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday.

Earlier, Barca boss Luis Enrique accepted his side had struggled to shrug off the euphoria of a remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as the Spanish champions slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Deportivo la Coruna.

Barca suffer PSG hangover in Deportivo defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona suffered a hangover from their remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as Alex Bergantinos’s winner 16 minutes from time handed Deportivo la Coruna a famous 2-1 win on Sunday.

Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period.

Neymar misses Barca trip to Deportivo

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Neymar misses Barca trip to Deportivo

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona will be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Neymar doubtful for Deportivo clash

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are set to be without Neymar after his Champions League heroics against Paris Saint-Germain when the Spanish champions continue their quest for a third straight La Liga title at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday.

Neymar scored twice and set up Sergi Roberto’s remarkable 95th-minute winner as Barca completed the biggest Champions League comeback of all time from a 4-0 first leg deficit in a 6-1 win.

Neymar steps out of Messi’s shadow to fuel treble talk

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Barcelona (AFP) – For a victory “defined by faith” according to Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, the Catalans rose from the dead inspired by the man who never stopped believing.

“As long as there’s a one percent chance, we’ll have 99 percent faith,” said Neymar before a ball had been kicked in Barca’s stunning revival from a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1.

Neymar steps out of Messi’s shadow to fuel treble talk

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Barcelona (AFP) – For a victory “defined by faith” according to Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, the Catalans rose from the dead inspired by the man who never stopped believing.

“As long as there’s a one percent chance, we’ll have 99 percent faith,” said Neymar before a ball had been kicked in Barca’s stunning revival from a 4-0 first leg deficit to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1.

‘MSN’ lead Barca rescue mission against PSG

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona boss Luis Enrique put his faith in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to produce a historic Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in what could be his last European game in charge on Wednesday.

Barca need to do what no side has ever done in the Champions League by overturning a 4-0 first-leg deficit, to make the quarter-finals for a 10th straight season.

Barcelona believe in Champions League PSG ‘miracle’ mission

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Barcelona (AFP) – Three weeks on from suffering a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona still believe that a Champions League “miracle” is possible at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Since that fateful night in Paris, Barcelona have regained both leadership of La Liga and their confidence ahead of the last 16, second leg.

Barcelona believe in Champions League PSG ‘miracle’ mission

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Barcelona (AFP) – Three weeks on from suffering a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona still believe that a Champions League “miracle” is possible at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Since that fateful night in Paris, Barcelona have regained both leadership of La Liga and their confidence ahead of the last 16, second leg.

Messi makes Barcelona believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barcelona believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barca believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Messi makes Barca believe, Benzema leads Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi dazzled with two goals and two assists as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 in their first game since coach Luis Enrique announced he will leave at the end of the season.

Real Madrid remain just one point behind Barca at the top of La Liga and with a game in hand as Karim Benzema scored twice in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in a 4-1 win at Eibar.

Luis Enrique ‘relieved’ after revealing Barcelona exit

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expressed relief on Friday at clearing up his future after confirming he would step down from his role at the end of the season.

The 46-year-old announced his decision to leave the Camp Nou after three seasons in charge following Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Sporting Gijon in La Liga.

Luis Enrique ‘relieved’ after revealing Barcelona exit

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique expressed relief on Friday at clearing up his future after confirming he would step down from his role at the end of the season.

The 46-year-old announced his decision to leave the Camp Nou after three seasons in charge following Wednesday’s 6-1 demolition of Sporting Gijon in La Liga.

Enrique exit surprised Barca, says Suarez

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Barcelona (AFP) – Luis Suarez admitted he and his Barcelona team-mates were caught off-guard by coach Luis Enrique’s announcement that he will leave his position at the end of the season.

Former Spain international Enrique confirmed he would walk away from the Nou Camp when his contract expires in the summer in the wake of Wednesday’s 6-1 rout of Sporting Gijon.

Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona as Vicente Iborra’s first-half winner earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

In a battle between the two principal candidates to take over at Barca next season after Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down at the end of the season, Jorge Sampaoli edged out Ernesto Valverde in a nervy 90 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla maintain chase of Barcelona, Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Sevilla moved to within two points of La Liga leaders Barcelona as Vicente Iborra’s first-half winner earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

In a battle between the two principal candidates to take over at Barca next season after Luis Enrique announced his decision to step down at the end of the season, Jorge Sampaoli edged out Ernesto Valverde in a nervy 90 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger not interested in Barcelona job

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger said he had no interest in succeeding Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach on Thursday, but admitted his future as Arsenal manager remains up in the air.

Luis Enrique announced after Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Sporting Gijon on Wednesday that he will step down from his role at the end of the season in order to take a break.

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‘I Left Some Ligaments On The Pitch’ – Luis Enrique Admits He Injured Himself During Wild Celebrations At Camp Nou

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Luis Enrique admitted that he did himself a bit of a mischief while celebrating Barcelona's incredible comeback victory over PSG in the Champions League last night.

With Sergi Roberto scoring the winner in the 95th minute, the final whistle sparked a deafening cacophony of celebrations at the Camp Nou, with Enrique hurtling out of his technical area to hug absolutely everybody in sight.