Showing posts with label Barcelona Record. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Luis Enrique's Barcelona set new unbeaten record, over takes Pep's Barca

After drawing with Valencia, the current Barca side have now gone 29 games without suffering defeat in all competitions, the longest run in the history of the club.

Pep Guardiola's long-standing unbeaten record in charge of Barcelona has been broken after the current Barca side struck late in the Copa del Rey to extend their streak to 29 games.

The previous record was set by Guardiola's all-conquering Barca side in the 2010-11 season, his penultimate year at the club, but Luis Enrique's MSN-led team drew level with the 28-match benchmark after Sunday's 2-0 win over Levante.


The Catalans appeared to be heading for defeat at the Mestalla on Wednesday night after Alvaro Negredo gave Valencia the lead, but substitute Wilfrid Kaptoum came off the bench to score the all-important goal that breaks the record.

It was the 19-year-old's first strike for the club and means Barca have now put together 23 wins and six draws in all competitions since they last lost a match, all the way back on October 3 against Sevilla.

The two sides are likely to do battle again in the final of the Copa del Rey, with Unai Emery's men boasting a commanding lead over Celta Vigo in the second semi-final.

During Barcelona's incredible unbeaten run, they have reached the final of the domestic cup, progressed to the last 16 of the Champions League and moved to the top of the Liga table - they are three points clear with a game in hand.

During the 130-day run, Barcelona scored a mind-boggling 87 goals and conceded just 15, with Luis Suarez top-scoring over the four-month period with 30 goals (Lionel Messi follows in second place with 18).

Next up for Barcelona is Celta, who face Sevilla on Thursday night, who pose a serious threat to their unbeaten record after beating the Catalan club in the reverse fixture in September.

GOAL

Barca breaks record and cruises into Copa Del Rey Final after Draw


​FC Barcelona stretch their unbeaten run to an amazing 29 games on their way to a sixth Copa del Rey Final in eight years​.

After drawing 1-1 in Valencia on Wednesday night, Barça have not only made it through to the Copa del Rey final for an impressive sixth time in eight years, but they have also set a new record in Spanish football by going 29 official matches without defeat.

With a seven-goal head start, the Catalans were effectively  through to final before a ball had been kicked at Mestalla, so it was little surprise that Luis Enrique opted to rest players for more decisive matches, including all three of the famous trident. All the same, the only reserve team player included in the starting eleven was Sergi Samper on the right of the midfield.

Quiet match

Played in front of a half-empty stadium, in a mood that often felt more like a pre-season friendly than a cup semi-final, the game was never going to be a classic. Barça provided most of the early football, with Munirand Rakitic coming closest to scoring, but as the first half progressed Valencia became more and more active.

Piatti and Villalba had both had chances for the home side before the 39th minute when Negredo was put through one-on-one with Ter Stegen. His attempted chip bounced off the German keeper's chest and back into his path, and Barça's lead had been cut to six. That was the only goal of a drama-free first 45 minutes.

The second half didn't produce too much in the way of action either. It took 20 minutes for anything to truly test either of the defences, a wonderful move by Rakitic to slip through two men but his shot was fired directly at Valencia keeper Jaume. Shortly after Ter Stegen was called into action to deny Danilo with the finest save of the night.

Kaptoum helps make history
As the minutes ticked by without major incident, Rakitic, Adriano and Sandro were replaced by Douglas,Cámara and Kaptoum. And the same three substitutes, in that order, were involved in Barça's equaliser after 84 minutes, the Cameroonian converting Cámara's cross with practically his first touch of the ball.

The goal meant nothing in terms of the outcome of the semi-final, but it did ensure yet another historic accomplishment by this amazing Barça side. It meant that they have now gone for a staggering 29 official matches without defeat, an all-time record in Spanish football!​​

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