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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.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo grabs double as Real overwhelm Eibar

MADRID, Nov 22 (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.

Nov 20, 2014

Modric injury gives Ancelotti Real midfield poser

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma following an injury to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric when the leaders return to La Liga action after the international break at promoted Eibar on Saturday.

Modric is likely to be out until at least January and replacing him with Spain playmaker Isco, who has been on fine form for club and country, would add creativity in attack but might leave the defence exposed.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Modric injury gives Ancelotti Real midfield poser

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma following an injury to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric when the leaders return to La Liga action after the international break at promoted Eibar on Saturday.

Modric is likely to be out until at least January and replacing him with Spain playmaker Isco, who has been on fine form for club and country, would add creativity in attack but might leave the defence exposed.

Nov 19, 2014

Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID, Nov 19 (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.