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Gerard Pique, Carles Alena the standouts as Barcelona hold off Valladolid

Although Barcelona claimed yet another victory, Alejandro Moreno explains how a better team than Real Valladolid can give them big problems ahead.

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed a second as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Messi scored the only goal of the game just before half-time, firing home from 12 yards after Gerard Pique was fouled by Michel.

Barca had the chance to add a second goal late on after Philippe Coutinho drew another penalty but Messi saw his spot kick saved by former teammate Jordi Masip.

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After three draws in a row -- two in the league and one in the...

Ousmane Dembele, Gerard Pique both on song again as Barcelona earn elusive clean sheet

Gerard Pique scored for the second straight game in Barcelona's win over Villarreal.
Gerard Pique scored for the second straight game in Barcelona's win over Villarreal.

Gerard Pique and Carles Alena were on target as Barcelona beat Villarreal 2-0 to get back to winning ways in La Liga at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Barca took the lead in the first half when Pique headed home Ousmane Dembele's cross and youngster Alena sealed the three points with a smart finish after the break after coming on as a substitute.

Positives

Considering it was quite an uneventful occasion for large parts of the match, there were several positives for Barca. La Masia graduate Alena's first...

Lionel Messi penalty miss underlines off night for Barcelona

BARCELONA -- Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Barcelona's 29-game unbeaten streak was ended by rivals Espanyol 1-0 in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Substitute Oscar Melendo scored the only goal of the game, firing past Jasper Cillessen in the 87th minute to give Quique Sanchez Flores' side the advantage going into next week's quarterfinal second leg at Camp Nou.

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There were few real pluses for Barcelona on a cold, damp night on the outskirts of the Catalan city. If we're clutching...

Vinicius Junior, Carles Alena could star for Madrid, Barca in El Clasico 2020

All eyes may be on Saturday's Clasico at the Bernabeu, but we've looked ahead to see who could be the stars of the future for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

With both clubs boasting an enormous pool of young talent, these are the players who could make names for themselves in the first team by Clasico 2020.

Vinicius Junior, 17, has the potential to be Madrid's next superstar.

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Vinicius Junior

Junior hasn't even arrived in Madrid yet, but big things are expected of the 17-year-old who made headlines around the world when his £38 million move to the Spanish...

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Barcelona sign Carles Alena, 19, to extension, raise buyout to €75m

Barcelona announced they've signed 19-year-old midfielder Carles Alena to a contract extension which increased his buyout clause to €75 million if he's promoted to the first team.

Alena extended his stay with the Camp Nou club for a further three years, with Barcelona holding the option to lengthen his deal two more years if Alena becomes a regular in the senior team.

Alena, who joined the Barcelona academy at age seven, has made four appearance for the senior team thus far, scoring a...

Five thing about Barca's ICC win vs. Man Utd: Again, all eyes on Neymar

LANDOVER, Md. -- Barcelona picked up their second straight International Champions Cup win on Wednesday, beating Manchester United 1-0 thanks to another goal from Neymar. Here are five things we can glean from Ernesto Valverde's second game in charge...

1. "Nothing new in relation to Neymar"

On and off the pitch, Barca's tour of the United States has been all about Neymar. Nothing new there, then, and nothing new in regards to the offer he received from Paris Saint-Germain, according...