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Nov 23, 2014

Valencia lose ground after derby defeat at Levante

MADRID (Reuters) – Valencia lost ground on La Liga’s early pace-setters when they slipped to a surprise 2-1 reverse at mid-table city rivals Levante on Sunday.

Victor Casadesus nodded Levante in front in the 58th minute at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium before Dani Parejo levelled in the 73rd when he was sent clear by Alvaro Negredo.

Nov 23, 2014

Soccer-Valencia lose ground after derby defeat at Levante

MADRID, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Valencia lost ground on La Liga’s early pacesetters when they slipped to a surprise 2-1 reverse at mid-table city rivals Levante on Sunday.

Victor Casadesus nodded Levante in front in the 58th minute at the Ciutat de Valencia stadium before Dani Parejo levelled in the 73rd when he was sent clear by Alvaro Negredo.

Nov 23, 2014

Ronaldo grabs double as Messi breaks goal record

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as leaders Real Madrid subdued Eibar 4-0 on Saturday while Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals with a hat-trick in second-placed Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Sevilla.

James Rodriguez nodded Real in front in the 23rd minute at Eibar’s tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, and Ronaldo’s scuffed shot made it 2-0 just before the break.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo grabs double as Messi breaks goal record

MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as leaders Real Madrid subdued Eibar 4-0 on Saturday while Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals with a hat-trick in second-placed Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Sevilla.

James Rodriguez nodded Real in front in the 23rd minute at Eibar’s tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, and Ronaldo’s scuffed shot made it 2-0 just before the break.

Nov 22, 2014

Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID (Reuters) – If anyone had said when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal in May 2005 he would break Telmo Zarra’s top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed as a lunatic.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win for Barcelona over Sevilla at the Nou Camp, moving to 253 goals and surpassing Zarra’s haul of 251 over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – If anyone had said when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal in May 2005 he would break Telmo Zarra’s top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed as a lunatic.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored a hat-trick in Saturday’s 5-1 win for Barcelona over Sevilla at the Nou Camp, moving to 253 goals and surpassing Zarra’s haul of 251 over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra’s Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored from a free kick in the 21st minute of Saturday’s game at home to Sevilla to match Zarra’s haul of 251 goals over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra’s Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored from a free kick in the 21st minute of Saturday’s game at home to Sevilla to match Zarra’s haul of 251 goals over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra’s Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored from a free kick in the 21st minute of Saturday’s game at home to Sevilla to match Zarra’s haul of 251 goals over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Ronaldo grabs double as Real overwhelm Eibar

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to a jaw-dropping 20 in 11 La Liga appearances as leaders Real Madrid subdued plucky top-flight debutants Eibar 4-0 on Saturday.

James Rodriguez nodded the visitors in front in the 23rd minute at the tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, before Ronaldo’s scuffed shot made it 2-0 two minutes before the break.