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Pedro hails return of fit-again Villa

20 August 2012 14:43

Pedro has voiced his delight with David Villa's return to match action in Barcelona's 5-1 La Liga win over Real Sociedad at the weekend.

The striker came off the bench with 15 minutes to go, and capped his first appearances in an official game since breaking his leg at the Club World Cup in December 2011 with a well-taken goal in the 84th minute.

"Villa's return is the best piece of news of the game. He scored a goal and it's an absolute joy to have him with us," Pedro told the Barca website.

Versatile attacker Pedro found the net too, and was pleased his own performance, as well as the Catalan club's start to the new season.

"I'm content because we won and because I scored a goal. I helped the team. I feel great. The team is slowly starting to play at a high level and, in general, we're playing really well.

"It's great to start the season in this fashion, playing with our philosophy. I'm happy that we won and how we played the match.

"But we have a lot of games in front of us. This (season has) just started and we did our job, we started the Liga off on the right foot."

Barcelona lock horns with Sampdoria in a friendly on Monday for the Joan Gamper Trophy.

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Competition
Primera División
Date
19 August 2012
Game week
1
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
4 - 1
Full-time
5 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
57721

Goals

Puyol 4'
(assist by Xavi) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
9' G. Castro
 (assist by Illarramendi)
L. Messi 11'
(assist by Pedro) 
2 - 1
L. Messi 16'
(assist by Tello) 
3 - 1
Pedro 41'
(assist by Tello) 
4 - 1
David Villa 84'
(assist by Iniesta) 
5 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5 4'
2
18
14 39'
4
6
16
10 11' 16'
17 41'
37
Coach: Tito Vilanova

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
8
7 84' 84'
9
13
21
28
# Player Bookings
11
20
23
13
14
19
9

Thursday 28 August

Wednesday 27 August

23:32
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23:42
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +3 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +2 3
4 1 +2 3
5 1 +1 3

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