Barcelona vs. Osasuna  5 - 1

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Barcelona´s focus pleases Messi

28 January 2013 01:00

Lionel Messi praised Barcelona's focus after he scored four goals in a 5-1 demolition of Osasuna on Sunday.

Much of the pre-match talk circulated around Wednesday night's Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid, but despite that distraction on the horizon, Barcelona maintained their concentration with a ruthless display aided by the first-half dismissal of Arribas.

"The important thing was to get this game going," Messi told reporters after the game.

"There was so much talk about the clasico before the game, but first we had to play Osasuna and focus on this game."

Messi became the youngest-ever player to rack up 200 Liga strikes in the Osasuna clash, just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo brought up his 300th club goal with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Getafe.

Barca assistant Jordi Roura was asked whether he thought the Portuguese's efforts had motivated Messi's latest goalscoring spree, but instead preferred to focus on the Argentine's continued brilliance.

"I do not know if Messi was more motivated by Ronaldo's performance this morning, but I don't think he needs anybody else to motivate him," he added.

"I have run out of adjectives for him, when you see him do amazing things every day you get used to it, but when you step back and realise what he actually does then you see that he has no limit at all."

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La Liga wrap: Messi nets four in Barca rout

27 January 2013 21:36

Lionel Messi reached 200 goals in his La Liga career, scoring four times as Barcelona smashed Osasuna 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

The four-time Ballon D'or winner was gifted his first goal by Osasuna keeper' Andres Fernandez on 11 minutes as he rounded the stopper after benefiting from a poor clearance.

Poor defending from the league leaders briefly allowed Osasuna back into the game with Raoul Loe punishing a miscued defensive clearance in the 24th minute.

But only four minutes later, the visitors were left reeling by the sending off of Alejandro Arribas for handball and Messi converted the subsequent penalty.

Controversy surrounded Barcelona's third goal in the 40th minute when it appeared that Dani Alves was offside as he received the ball before picking out goalscorer Pedro.

Messi's milestone was achieved in the 56th minute as he again rounded Fernandez before the Argentine grabbed his fourth with a tap-in only two minutes later.

Meanwhile, a second-half Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick powered Spanish champions Real Madrid to a 4-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After a goalless first half, Sergio Ramos opened the scoring in the 53rd minute before Ronaldo scored his three within a 10 minute period.

The former Manchester United forward finished off a counter attack on 62 minutes and headed home at the far post in the 65th minute to effectively end the contest.

Ronaldo's hat-trick strike was from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute after Luka Modric was fouled in the area.

Three second-half goals have condemned Atletico Madrid to a 3-0 loss away to Athletic Bilbao.

San Jose, Suseata and De Marcos did the damage for the home side with Atletico now 11 points behind Barcelona.

Malaga has recorded a 3-2 win against 19th-placed Mallorca at the Iberostar Estadi.

Mallorca managed to twice pull the margin back to one goal but couldn't take full advantage of Martin Demichelis' sending off on 71 minutes.

Rayo Vallecano jumped to fifth in the standings with a 3-0 win over fourth-placed Real Betis.

Spanish midfielder Pit got the hosts off to a perfect start with a fourth minute penalty before second-half strikes to Andrija Delibasic and Jose Carlos wrapped up the points.

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Roura demands Barcelona focus

26 January 2013 19:12

Jordi Roura has called on his Barcelona players to focus their attentions on La Liga strugglers Osasuna.

The assistant coach, who is deputising for boss Tito Vilanova while he recovers from cancer treatment, oversaw the club's late 4-2 win against Malaga in the Copa del Rey on Thursday to set up a semi-final tie with Real Madrid.

And while he acknowledges that the derby may pose his team a distraction, Roura is nonetheless keen to bounce back in the league against the Basques after last weekend's maiden defeat to Real Sociedad.

"We've just had a good game (against Malaga) and on Wednesday we have an important game - but before that is Osasuna," he said on Saturday.

"We can't let our guard down and I'm sure that won't happen. We must carry on with the same intensity and keep on winning.

"We have to take each game as it comes regardless of how important the Real Madrid match is. We're going to concentrate exclusively on Osasuna."

Despite languishing in the relegation places, Osasuna have the fourth-best defensive record in the Spanish top flight, and Roura expects them to make life difficult for Barcelona.

"They're solid defensively," he added. "We've just had a tough midweek match and I don't think it'll be an easy game.

"But all in all, I think we're ready to compete at the highest level."

Victor Valdes recently announced that he would be departing Camp Nou once his contract expires in 2014 - a decision which was met with some derision from the club's supporters - but Roura believes the goalkeeper will receive a good reception on Sunday.

"Valdes is our goalkeeper and I expect him to get a warm and respectful reception, as he's always had," he said.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +75 100
2 38 +61 85
3 38 +34 76
4 38 +21 66
5 38 +13 65
6 38 +3 57
7 38 +1 56
8 38 -16 53
9 38 +4 50
10 38 -14 47
11 38 -17 46
12 38 -21 45
13 38 -9 44
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -17 42
16 38 -17 39
17 38 -15 37
18 38 -29 36
19 38 -23 35
20 38 -25 34