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Mar 2, 2015

Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this season but the team known as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ will need something special to get past Barcelona in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-finals.

Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from last month’s first leg at the Nou Camp, when their Brazil forward Neymar had a second-half penalty saved, and are closing on a 27th triumph in the competition.

Mar 2, 2015

Soccer-Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barca

MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) – Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this season but the team known as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ will need something special to get past Barcelona in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-finals.

Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from last month’s first leg at the Nou Camp, when their Brazil forward Neymar had a second-half penalty saved, and are closing on a 27th triumph in the competition.

Mar 2, 2015

Real held at home by battling Villarreal

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga leaders Real Madrid dropped points at home for only the second time this season when Villarreal fought back from a goal down in an entertaining 1-1 draw that left Real two points ahead of Barcelona on Sunday.

Champions Atletico Madrid also stumbled, a 0-0 stalemate at Sevilla denting their chances of a second consecutive Spanish title and leaving them five points behind Barca in third.

Mar 1, 2015

Soccer-Atletico title hopes hit by Sevilla stalemate

MADRID, March 1 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s hopes of successfully defending their Spanish title suffered another blow when they were held to a 0-0 draw at fifth-placed Sevilla in a bruising La Liga encounter on Sunday.

After their 1-0 Champions League reverse at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, Atletico coach Diego Simeone deployed a defensive lineup for the clash at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Feb 28, 2015

Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona’s faith

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified.

After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro (58.77 million pounds) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October.

Feb 28, 2015

Soccer-Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona’s faith

MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified.

After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro ($90.7 million) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October.

Feb 28, 2015

Barca hot on Real’s heels after Suarez show at Granada

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada on Saturday.

Barca struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium but took the lead in the 25th minute when Ivan Rakitic smashed the ball in from close range after Granada defender Cala failed to clear a Suarez centre.

Feb 28, 2015

Soccer-Barca hot on Real’s heels after Suarez show at Granada

MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Barcelona cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada on Saturday.

Barca struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium but took the lead in the 25th minute when Ivan Rakitic smashed the ball in from close range after Granada defender Cala failed to clear a Suarez centre.

Feb 26, 2015

Atletico facing crucial tests of new pedigree

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have four games in the coming weeks that are likely to determine whether they have truly joined Spain’s elite or are in danger of slipping back in the second rank behind powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Diego Simeone’s Spanish champions play at Sevilla on Sunday and host Valencia the following week in La Liga, two sides who are keen to show they can also challenge wealthy Real and Barca on a more consistent basis.

Feb 26, 2015

Soccer-Atletico facing crucial tests of new pedigree

MADRID, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have four games in the coming weeks that are likely to determine whether they have truly joined Spain’s elite or are in danger of slipping back in the second rank behind powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Diego Simeone’s Spanish champions play at Sevilla on Sunday and host Valencia the following week in La Liga, two sides who are keen to show they can also challenge wealthy Real and Barca on a more consistent basis.