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Zubizarreta hails Abidal´s feel-good return

7 April 2013 15:18

Andoni Zubizarreta has described Eric Abidal's return for Barcelona against Mallorca as good for 'life in general'.

The Frenchman received a rapturous ovation from the Camp Nou crowd after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute during the 5-0 win on Saturday night - his first appearance in 14 months after receiving a liver transplant.

"Six months ago I would have thought it impossible to see his return," Zubizarreta told AS.

"This is good for football and for life in general. It shows that you can beat these diseases.

"These battles are very complicated and we must give everyone in these situations our full support. He (Abidal) remembered his cousin, who was the one who donated part of his liver, and the medical profession, but the credit is his for his great pleasure."

Zubizarreta also reflected on Barcelona's defensive problems, and was quick to deny any links to a move for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos.

"We will play with what we have (in defence) and use the creativity of our coaches," the former Blaugrana goalkeeper added.

"We must have calm.

"Ramos is a great player but plays for Madrid," the 51-year-old said when asked about Ramos.

"He is not on our list."

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5 - 0

Competition
Primera División
Date
6 April 2013
Game week
30
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
4 - 0
Full-time
5 - 0
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
65127

Goals

Fàbregas 20'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
1 - 0
2 - 0
Fàbregas 37'
(assist by A. Sánchez) 
3 - 0
A. Sánchez 38'
(assist by Fàbregas) 
4 - 0
Fàbregas 46'
(assist by Iniesta) 
5 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
2
3
15
19
4 20' 37' 46'
8
25
11
9 22' 38' 75'
37
Coach: Tito Vilanova
# Player Bookings
13
2
16
23
17
12
5
21 64'
9
8
10
Coach: Manzano

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
27
22
7
16
18
31
# Player Bookings
19
22
11
18
24
25
27

Friday 26 December

Thursday 25 December

Wednesday 24 December

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22:01
21:20
20:39
20:18
19:08
18:35
17:52
17:20
17:07
16:30
16:04
15:45
15:28
15:04
14:59
14:49
14:24
13:43
13:31
13:16
12:49
12:46
12:28
11:53
11:05
11:04
10:25
09:54
08:24
06:14
02:25
01:08
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 16 +17 35
4 16 +16 31
5 16 +13 30
6 15 +8 30
7 16 +5 30
8 16 -1 20
9 16 -3 20
10 16 -4 20
11 16 -6 19
12 16 -8 17
13 16 -14 17
14 16 -5 15
15 16 -18 15
16 16 -11 13
17 16 -14 13
18 16 -16 13
19 16 -16 11
20 16 -19 10

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