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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad 4-3

Ronaldo brace seals Real win as Mourinho forced into using Casillas after Adan red

By
Joseph Wilson, Associated Press

PUBLISHED:

19:44 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:07 GMT, 6 January 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in a three-minute span to give 10-man Real Madrid a 4-3 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday, after coach Jose Mourinho's decision to drop goalkeeper Iker Casillas almost backfired for a second straight game.

Despite heavy criticism after last round's loss, Mourinho again started rarely used Antonio Adan, but the keeper was sent off after giving away an early penalty.

Casillas then came on but couldn't stop Xabi Prieto's resulting spot kick to cancel out Karim Benzema's opener, and it was 2-2 at halftime after Prieto leveled again following Sami Khedira's goal.

At the double: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring one of his two

At the double: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring one of his two

Ronaldo scored on the break in the 68th before hitting the winner from a free kick in the 70th. But Prieto wasn't done and scored his hat trick in the 76th to keep the wild shootout in doubt until the final whistle.

Madrid's first victory in three games left it in third place, 13 points behind leader Barcelona and four points behind Atletico Madrid before their games later.

The crowd at Santiago Bernabeu stadium voiced its displeasure with Mourinho's continued benching of Casillas by jeering the coach's name when it was announced before the game and cheering for their beloved star.

Seeing red: Referee Ignacio Iglesias sends off Real Madrid's goalkeeper Adan after six minutes

Seeing red: Referee Ignacio Iglesias sends off Real Madrid's goalkeeper Adan after six minutes

Time for a change: Iker Casillas gets ready to replace Adan after his red card

Time for a change: Iker Casillas gets ready to replace Adan after his red card

Madrid's fans, however, couldn't have asked for a better start just two minutes in when Sociedad's unbalanced defense left Benzema unmarked to receive Khedira's pass and slot beyond the stranded Claudio Bravo.

But Madrid's lead didn't last long when Mourinho's choice in goal again proved misguided.

Adan was overwhelmed last round when he conceded three goals in the loss at Malaga, and he was soon shown to be out of his depths at home as well.

The regular backup made a poor pass that Carlos Vela intercepted, and he then charged out and tackled the Mexico forward in his box.

He shoots, he scores: Ronaldo scores for Real

He shoots, he scores: Ronaldo scores for Real

The referee didn't hesitate to show him a direct red card, creating the dramatic situation of Casillas being called off the bench to defend the penalty try.

The crowd chanted 'Iker! Iker!; as the Spanish international jogged on, but there were no heroics as Prieto coolly stroked in the spot kick to equalize in the ninth.

Despite being short a man, Madrid pressed forward and deservedly went in front in the 35th through Khedira's crafty back-heeled flip to redirect a cross between the posts.
Prieto beat Casillas to restore parity at 2-2 five minutes later when he pounced on a rebound inside the area.

Goal time: Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

Goal time: Karim Benzema celebrates his goal

But Ronaldo gave Madrid control of the match when Benzema stole the ball in midfield and played the Portugal winger behind the defense for him to score.

Ronaldo then earned a free kick on the left corner of the area and blasted the ball over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for his 16th goal in the league this season.

Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain went on as a substitute for his first action since being sidelined for two months with a leg injury and quickly found the woodwork.

Prieto appeared to give Sociedad a late hope when he shot inside the far post, but Sociedad never threatened again after Daniel Estrada was booked for a second time, leaving the visitors with 10 men for the final 10 minutes.

Luka Modric linked to Manchester United, City and Chelsea

Man City, United and Chelsea consider move for 33m Madrid flop Modric

By
Paul Collins

PUBLISHED:

08:17 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:24 GMT, 6 January 2013

Real Madrid flop Luka Modric is reportedly considering a swift switch back to England after failing to light up La Liga.

The former Tottenham midfielder was voted the worst Spanish signing of the season last month having scored just once since his 33million summer move.

And the Premier League’s top clubs are on red alert should he decide to cut his stay in the Spanish capital short, reports the Sunday Mirror.

Flop: Luka Modric has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Real Madrid

Flop: Luka Modric has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Real Madrid

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all thought to be monitoring the 27-year-old’s situation with the European champions eyeing him as a replacement for Frank Lampard.

The England midfielder looks set to leave Stamford Bridge when his contract expires at the end of the season.

City boss Roberto Mancini has previously expressed his admiration for Modric and while the Croatian is unlikely to move in the January transfer window, he could leave the Bernabeu in summer.

Ahead of Madrid’s clash with Real Sociedad tonight, he has started just eight games for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Big fan: Roberto Mancini has spoken of his admiration for midfielder Modric

Big fan: Roberto Mancini has spoken of his admiration for midfielder Modric

Waiting: Sir Alex Ferguson has also been an admirer of Modric since the midfielder's time at Spurs

Waiting: Sir Alex Ferguson has also been an admirer of Modric since the midfielder's time at Spurs

Mourinho would be loath to give up on Modric, who Real had tracked for months before finally making the big money swoop.

But the Croatia playmaker has struggled to force his way into the Portuguese manager's plans after an impressive debut. The likes of Xabi Alonso and Mesut Ozil have kept the Croatian out in the cold.

Along with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who moved to Barcelona in the summer, Modric was voted the worst signing of the season by readers of Spanish daily newspaper Marca.

Modric managed to gain 32.2. per cent of the vote, having scored just one goal in 19 games for Real.

Disappointed Jose Mourinho signed Modric from Tottenham last summer

Disappointed Jose Mourinho signed Modric from Tottenham last summer

In the cold: Modric has struggled to compete with superstars such as Xabi Alonso (right)

In the cold: Modric has struggled to compete with superstars such as Xabi Alonso (right)

Speaking to Sportske.net, Modric said: 'This is Real Madrid, I know the huge media pressure on transfers.

'I'm not looking for an alibi, I'm not that guy, but it's very demanding to adjust to a huge club like Real Madrid.

'I have had a number of solid performances, I failed in some but overall I proved I can offer something.'

Replacement Modric may be lined up at Stamford Bridge if Frank Lampard were to leave

Replacement Modric may be lined up at Stamford Bridge if Frank Lampard were to leave

Real Madrid take on Real Sociedad in La Liga

Mission impossible Madrid face daunting challenge to close 16-POINT gap on rivals Barcelona

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

13:07 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 5 January 2013

Real Madrid will start what many believe to be mission impossible when the Primera Division restarts for them tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho's side take on Real Sociedad with the gap between them and leaders Barcelona standing at 16 points.

For even the most ardent Madrid fan, a successful title defence would appear to be impossible, with the Champions League now the primary focus.

Back in action: Real Madrid train ahead of their match with Real Sociedad

Back in action: Real Madrid train ahead of their match with Real Sociedad

According to defender Alvaro Arbeloa, though, they just have to carry on as normal.

'Real Sociedad are in their best form and it is going to be a difficult match, but we will go into it with desire and belief.

'I just want to win all of our matches from now until the end of the season.'

One sideshow will be who Mourinho starts in goal. There was uproar before Christmas when the Portuguese opted to sit out Iker Casillas and go with Antonio Adam playing in the loss to Malaga.

'The fans will support Real Madrid because they are fans of Real Madrid and not just of Casillas,' said Arbeloa, trying to play down any possible rows.

'It is important that they support the players, but also that they support the team. Whoever plays will have the support of his team-mates.'

Speculation: Jose Mourinho could leave Real Madrid in the summer

Speculation: Jose Mourinho could leave Real Madrid in the summer

The lure of a third Champions League title is thought to be driving Mourinho on this season, while the Copa del Rey still remains an option.

Arbeloa does not look at it that way, however, and wants every game to be treated the same.

'If this team wants to win trophies, it is impossible to do that without competing and giving everything in La Liga, and so it is difficult to give everything in the Copa,' he said.

'You cannot pick one day to play well and relax on other days.

'I would just aim to win all the matches. It could be that the Champions League is an easier objective than La Liga, but we are not a team that goes onto the pitch without giving our all every weekend and then does in the Champions League.

Rested: Madrid return after the winter break 16 points behind Barcelona

Rested: Madrid return after the winter break 16 points behind Barcelona

'We have to face all the challenges in our path and to do that you have to win in all the competitions.'

Sociedad head to the capital upwardly mobile. They are seventh in the table and have been producing some eye-catching performances under Philippe Montanier.

Some have backed them to spring a surprise and, although he will not call this a chance, Sociedad midfielder David Zurutuza does acknowledge there have been worse times to play Madrid.

'I don't think there is any good moment to visit the Bernabeu, but yes, if I had to choose a time it would be now, because they are missing important players,' he said.

Real Sociedad players wear fans" names on their shirts instead of a sponsor

Real Sociedad players keep fans close to their hearts… by wearing their names instead of a shirt sponsor

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UPDATED:

05:58 GMT, 21 December 2012

Real Sociedad have delighted some of their supporters by wearing their names on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Each player wore the name of a randomly selected club member out of a pool of 25,000 as they took to the field against Sevilla.

They pleased the supporters further still with a 2-1 home win in the La Liga clash at the Anoeta stadium, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opening the scoring.

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Club president Jokin Aperribay said: 'The fans are the soul, the nourishment and the reason for Real Sociedad. For this reason, we’re uniting the names of our members with the shirts.'

Aperribay added: 'It’s for the history, because the fans are the of the club and this is a tribute to those that have supported us for many years.

'When we went down to the Segunda, we
overcame that difficulty because we retained 20,000 members. For the
present, because the fans show enthusiasm, which the team receives and
returns to them.

'We want to achieve bigger
objectives, but we can’t do that without the fans. For the future,
because that will be determined by the fans.

'It is very important that fans feel
they are necessary for the club to function. For that reason, we decided
to unite two of the most important things at Real Sociedad – The fans
and the shirt.'

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Carlos Vela (left) gets stuck in

Alberto de la Bella (left) duels for the ball

Midfielder Xabi Prieto, who has been a
member at the club since 1992, said: 'We’re fortunate that we can play
every week. Against Sevilla, we’ll have our members playing with us.'

Sociedad have named the fan-appreciation initiative 'we carry you on our shirts'.

Previously they thanked their fans for their support by naming 22 of them in a television advert.

Last
season in La Liga nearly half of sides did not have a shirt sponsor
leading to creativite options coming to the fore as they looked to make
money.

Valencia used their
Twitter address instead, while Sevilla charged supporters around 25 to have
their faces used to create the numbers on the back of shirts.

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Real Sociedad wear players names instead of shirt sponsor

Real Sociedad players keep fans close to their hearts… by wearing their names instead of a shirt sponsor

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 21 December 2012

Real Sociedad have delighted some of their supporters by wearing their names on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Each player wore the name of a randomly selected club member out of a pool of 25,000 as they took to the field against Sevilla.

They pleased the supporters further still with a 2-1 home win in the La Liga clash at the Anoeta stadium, with former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela opening the scoring.

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Thanks for the support: Real Sociedad players wear fans' names on their shirts

Club president Jokin Aperribay said: 'The fans are the soul, the nourishment and the reason for Real Sociedad. For this reason, we’re uniting the names of our members with the shirts.'

Aperribay added: 'It’s for the history, because the fans are the of the club and this is a tribute to those that have supported us for many years.

'When we went down to the Segunda, we
overcame that difficulty because we retained 20,000 members. For the
present, because the fans show enthusiasm, which the team receives and
returns to them.

'We want to achieve bigger
objectives, but we can’t do that without the fans. For the future,
because that will be determined by the fans.

'It is very important that fans feel
they are necessary for the club to function. For that reason, we decided
to unite two of the most important things at Real Sociedad – The fans
and the shirt.'

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Helping hand Sociedad ended up beating Sevilla 2-1

Carlos Vela (left) gets stuck in

Alberto de la Bella (left) duels for the ball

Midfielder Xabi Prieto, who has been a
member at the club since 1992, said: 'We’re fortunate that we can play
every week. Against Sevilla, we’ll have our members playing with us.'

Sociedad have named the fan-appreciation initiative 'we carry you on our shirts'.

Previously they thanked their fans for their support by naming 22 of them in a television advert.

Last
season in La Liga nearly half of sides did not have a shirt sponsor
leading to creativite options coming to the fore as they looked to make
money.

Valencia used their
Twitter address instead, while Sevilla charged supporters around 25 to have
their faces used to create the numbers on the back of shirts.

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Getting shirty: Sevilla asked fans to pay to have their faces put onto the players' strips

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Cristiano Ronaldo eclipses Falcao

Real Madrid 2 Atletico Madrid 0: Ronaldo magic eclipses muted Falcao

PUBLISHED:

23:27 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

01:15 GMT, 2 December 2012

Third-placed Real Madrid remained 11
points off the pace after winning a highly-anticipated derby 2-0,
ensuring Atletico's winless run in the fixture will stretch into its
14th year.

A wonderful free-kick from Cristiano
Ronaldo lit up what was an otherwise disappointing first half before
Mesut Ozil secured all three points with a tidy finish 25 minutes from
time.

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Free range: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his early strike

Earlier, 10-man Valencia went down 5-2 against Real Sociedad – with coach Mauricio Pellegrino sacked soon after the full-time whistle at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' Valencia president Manuel Llorente said.

Former player Salvador Gonzalez, known as Voro, will take temporary charge of Los Che.

Sporting director Braulio Vazquez added on the club's website: 'If you look at the future of the team, you can understand that in this game we have not been good, but the progression of the team was not right.

'I want to emphasise that Mauricio has gone, but it is the responsibility of all.'

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Close call: Ronaldo saw this effort hit the post

Roberto Soldado's second-minute strike
had given the hosts an early lead but they were never in control and
were pegged back before half-time as Alberto de la Bella fired in an
equaliser minutes after Jonas had seen a straight red card for lashing
out at David Zurutuza.

Sociedad took control in the second period as further goals from Mikel
Gonzalez, Diego Ifran, Imanol Agirretxe and Carlos Vela rendered
Soldado's second of the evening meaningless and lifted the victors to
seventh.

Also in the Spanish top flight today, Getafe moved level on points with
fourth-placed Malaga thanks to a 1-0 win. Alberto Lopo headed home the
game's only goal 11 minutes into the second half.
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Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Lionel Messi one short of Gerd Muller"s record after 11th double of season

Barcelona 5 Bilbao 1: Messi one short of Muller's record after 11th double of season

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 1 December 2012

Lionel Messi scored twice Saturday as Barcelona made the best start in the history of the Spanish league on Saturday with a 5-1 home win over Athletic Bilbao.

The leader's 13 wins and a draw in the opening 14 rounds surpasses Madrid's 12 wins and two draws to begin the 1991-92 campaign.

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

Clinical: Lionel Messi scores his first goal

No stopping him: The goal was awarded to Messi despite the defender slicing the ball into his own net

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona scores his team's second goal past Gorka Iraizoz

Messi's 11th double of the season leaves him one goal shy of Gerd Muller's record of 85 for club and country in one year, set in 1972.

Barcelona led 3-0 by halftime thanks to goals by Gerard Pique, Messi and Adriano. Cesc Fabregas and Messi scored after halftime.

Valencia sacked coach Mauricio Pellegrino after Saturday's 5-2 defeat at home to Real Sociedad left them languishing in 12th place in La Liga, club president Manuel Llorente said.

'We have been exchanging opinions, debating and we have taken the decision to sack Pellegrino,' Llorente was quoted as saying on the Spanish club's official Twitter feed.

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Goal machine: Messi is just one short of equaling record

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi

Argentine Pellegrino, a former Valencia player, took over from Unai Emery at the end of last season and has guided the club into the last 16 of the Champions League.

They still have a chance to top Group F ahead of Bayern Munich depending on the results of next week's games.

However, a poor start to their domestic campaign and nine goals conceded in their last two La Liga outings was too much to take for Llorente and his board of directors.

Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as coach of Valencia, the club have confirmed on their Twitter feed.

Pellegrino only took up the reins in May, but Los Che – currently 11th in the Primera Division standings but just four points off a Champions League place – decided to dispense with his services after this evening's 5-2 defeat against Real Sociedad at the Mestalla.

'We have been exchanging views, and we made the decision to dismiss Mauricio Pellegrino,' president Manuel Llorente said.

Manchester City close to signing former Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain

City closing in on deal with former Barcelona director Begiristain as Chelsea and Spurs lurk

PUBLISHED:

17:18 GMT, 25 October 2012

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 25 October 2012

Manchester City are close to persuading former Barcelona director of football Txiki Begiristain to join the club.

In a move which will spell re-organisation behind the scenes at Eastlands, the 48-year-old is ready to team up with his friend, City chief executive and former Barca vice-president, Ferran Soriano despite been courted by Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

He will take up a technical director role which will give him responsibility for recruitment and will also look to bring in former Johan Cruyff adviser Joan Patsy.

Join me: Chief executive of Manchester City Ferran Soriano, pictured, could greet his old friend Txiki Begiristain at the club

Join me: Chief executive of Manchester City Ferran Soriano, pictured, could greet his old friend Txiki Begiristain at the club

Begiristain is also a close ally of Pep Guardiola and, following City’s performance against Ajax in the Champions League, the appointment will only further speculation that under-fire coach Roberto Mancini will be replaced by the wily Spaniard.

However, Guardiola is determined to see out his year’s sabbatical despite the likes of Chelsea, AC Milan and Bayern Munich also all maintaining an interest in his next move.

Begiristain, who was an attacking midfielder for John Toshack’s Real Sociedad and Barcelona’s ‘Dream Team’ of the early 1990s, spent seven years as director of football at Barcelona before leaving in 2010.

He was responsible for bringing in the like of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and Dani Alves while maintaining the development of La Masia programme which spawned talent such as Lionel Messi.

Coup: Begiristain was responsible for bringing in the likes of Samuel Eto'o (left) at Barcelona

Coup: Begiristain was responsible for bringing in the likes of Samuel Eto'o (left) at Barcelona

Clash: Roberto Mancini has clashed with football administrator Brian Marwood over this season's summer signings, including Javi Garcia (left)

Clash: Roberto Mancini has clashed with Brian Marwood over this season's summer signings, including Javi Garcia, above, and Jack Rodwell, below left

Clash: Roberto Mancini has clashed with football administrator Brian Marwood over this season's summer signings, including Jack Rodwell (left)

His arrival would also change responsibilities for football administrator Brian Marwood who has clashed with Mancini over player recruitment.

Tottenham were very keen for Begiristain to join and he was interested in a move to London but a move to City will underline his belief that they are building the right project to dominate European football.

Celtic chief scout John Park is among other contenders for the role at Tottenham.

Arsenal to launch 15m raid for Spain striker Adrian Lopez

Arsenal boss Wenger to launch 15m raid for striker Lopez

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 18 October 2012

Arsenal will make a 15million offer for Spain striker
Adrian Lopez when the transfer window re-opens.

As revealed by Sportsmail last week Arsene Wenger wants to
sign a new centre-forward in January after accepting he has not managed to fill the void left by former skipper Robin van Persie, who departed for Manchester United for 24m
during the summer.

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Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Target man: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

Wenger will dispatch one of his scouts to watch the Atletico Madrid forward play against Real
Sociedad on Sunday.

Hot shot: Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez

The Gunners boss knows he must strengthen his attacking options after
privately admitting Olivier Giroud and Gervinho are not the answer to his
central-striking quandary.

Wenger has 35million to spend during the next
transfer window and is willing to use a hefty slice for that budget to bring a
top-level striker to north London.

Lopez's
international team-mate Fernando Llorente remains on the radar, while
the Gunners have also checked out Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, who is a
target for Manchester City.

Barcelona firing under Tito Vilanova

New boss Vilanova has Barcelona firing heading into Champions League opener

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UPDATED:

07:31 GMT, 18 September 2012

Tito Vilanova is quietly stamping his authority on the Barcelona team and they head into their Champions League Group G opener at home to Spartak Moscow on Wednesday with La Liga's only perfect record.

It was a daunting task to step up from assistant to replace Pep Guardiola in the Nou Camp hot seat, taking over from a fans' idol who won a record 14 trophies in his four years in charge.

Vilanova, who turned 44 on Monday, did not command the instant respect that the former Spain international Guardiola had accrued, but he has quickly shown he is not afraid to plough his own furrow.

On song: Barca have made a strong start to their La Liga campaign

On song: Barca have made a strong start to their La Liga campaign

At Getafe on Saturday, Vilanova rested World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Brazil international Dani Alves for a fixture Barca have often struggled with, and at a venue where champions Real Madrid fell 2-1 last month.

The side were also shorn of Andres Iniesta, Jordi Alba and Alexis Sanchez, and during the Guardiola era often struggled with the so called 'FIFA virus' after breaks for internationals.

It had been a year since Messi was last rested for a league game and after Barca were held 2-2 at Real Sociedad, Guardiola never left him out again.
Vilanova's side, however, came through with 4-1 victory at Getafe, displaying the zip and hunger that had at times been missing towards the end of Guardiola's reign.

'The philosophy and method of working is basically pretty similar, but we have a new coach, a new form of doing things and we are very happy about him being with us,' Iniesta told www.uefa.com.

Back in action: David Villa has been among the goals

Back in action: David Villa has been among the goals

'He knows us very well and I am confident things will go well.'

Cesc Fabregas played in Messi's 'false nine' role and he helped set up the first goal for Adriano, before Messi entered the fray in the second half to bag a quick double, and another substitute David Villa notched the fourth.

Barca have a doubt over defender Alba who missed Saturday's game with a virus, and forward Alexis who is recovering from a muscle problem.

Captain Carles Puyol joined Iniesta on the injury list when he suffered a twisted knee ligament in the Getafe game, that has put him out for up to six weeks.

Vilanova's opposite number Unai Emery is having a tougher time settling in at Spartak, Russia's most popular and successful club with nine domestic titles between 1992-2001.

Rested: Messi came off the bench to score twice against Getafe

Rested: Messi came off the bench to score twice against Getafe

They have only taken one point from their last three league matches after being held to a 2-2 draw at unfancied Kuban Krasnodar on Saturday.

'Crisis I don't think so,' said the former Valencia boss Emery, who joined the Moscow club in May.

'We're working hard as a team but we are still a long way from a finished product. We're still trying to find the best way of organising our attack.'

After missing Europe's premier club competition last season, Spartak qualified for the group stage by beating Turkey's Fenerbahce in last month's playoffs.

The Muscovites will be without injured captain Sergei Parshivlyuk (knee), Brazilian striker Welliton (thigh) and Argentina defender Nicolas Pareja (calf), while Dutch midfielder Demy de Zeeuw is suspended.