Fan At It - Barcelona vs Manchester United

By Shawana Ebanks April 19, 2019

SportsMax's Shawana Ebanks gets the view of fans in Jamaica's second city of Montego Bay following the Champions League clash between Barcelona and Manchester United.

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  • Semedo cleared of concussion to boost Barcelona Semedo cleared of concussion to boost Barcelona

    Barcelona have confirmed Nelson Semedo did not suffer a concussion in their last LaLiga game of the season against Getafe.

    Semedo was taken to hospital with a head injury that appeared to have put his chances of being fit for Saturday's Copa del Rey final in doubt.

    But Barcelona confirmed on Monday that right-back Semedo has been cleared following tests and released from a hospital in Bilbao.

    "Semedo has passed the tests for his head injury and has been discharged from hospital," a club statement said. 

    "He returns to Barcelona to continue with the protocol established in these cases and his return to training will be monitored."

    Head coach Ernesto Valverde is seeking to win the LaLiga and Copa del Rey double for the second season in a row when Barca face Valencia in Seville.

    Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are unlikely to be available due to hamstring injuries, while Arthur is another doubt.

  • Valverde pessimistic about Coutinho, Dembele playing in Copa final Valverde pessimistic about Coutinho, Dembele playing in Copa final

    Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde is not optimistic about having Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele available for the Copa del Rey final.

    LaLiga champions Barca face Valencia in the May 25 showpiece, hoping to end the season with a domestic double.

    But Coutinho and Dembele appear to be in serious danger of missing the game, having sat out Sunday's 2-2 draw away to Eibar in Barca's final league fixture of the season.

    Coutinho suffered a hamstring strain in the 2-0 win over Getafe on May 12, while Dembele sustained a similar issue at the start of the month.

    They may now miss the Copa final, though Valverde does expect to have goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen back after a minor knee injury.

    "We've got a few issues in certain positions and we're going to see if we can get a few players back," the coach told reporters in his post-match news conference.

    "Ter Stegen will certainly be available. Coutinho, I don't know and Dembele is looking unlikely. Let's see about Arthur.

    "He's had a problem for two to three months and he needed a break. It could have happened a month or so ago, but it's happened now. I don't know if he'll be available."

    Barca lost Nelson Semedo to a head injury at Ipurua and the Portuguese full-back was taken to hospital, but Valverde is hopeful he will be completely fine.

    "I don't have any news about Nelson," Valverde added. "We hope it's only a precaution for the knock."

  • Messi equals Zarra's record with sixth Pichichi award Messi equals Zarra's record with sixth Pichichi award

    Lionel Messi equalled Telmo Zarra's record of six Pichichi awards after the Barcelona star finished the 2018-19 season as the leading scorer in LaLiga.

    The Argentinian has had a sensational campaign for Barca in the league, scoring 36 times in 34 appearances.

    His form has been the main catalyst for Barca's title surge, with the Catalans finishing the season 11 points clear of nearest rivals Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

    Messi has rarely looked in danger of being caught, with team-mate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Karim Benzema the closest to him with 21 apiece.

    It is the sixth time in his career Messi has taken home the Pichichi trophy as LaLiga's top scorer in a single season, moving him level with Athletic Bilbao great Zarra.

    Among Messi's 36 goals were three hat-tricks – against Real Betis, Sevilla and Levante – while he rounded out the campaign with a brace in the 2-2 draw with Eibar.

    He could yet add the European Golden Shoe too, with Messi four goals clear of Kylian Mbappe, who has one league game left to play this season with Paris Saint-Germain.

    Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak finished a fourth successive season as the goalkeeper with the fewest goals conceded - just 27 in 37 appearances.

     

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