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Apr 23, 2015

Ramos tactical shift key to victory, Real’s Casillas says

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.

Ramos, who normally plays as a centre-back, was in the thick of the action throughout the quarter-final, second leg at the Bernabeu before Javier Hernandez struck two minutes from time to send holders Real through to the semi-finals for a fifth straight season.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Ramos tactical shift key to victory, Real’s Casillas says

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.

Ramos, who normally plays as a centre-back, was in the thick of the action throughout the quarter-final, second leg at the Bernabeu before Javier Hernandez struck two minutes from time to send holders Real through to the semi-finals for a fifth straight season.

Apr 22, 2015

Simeone proud after Atletico’s painful defeat by Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team and said they were exiting the Champions League with heads held high after elimination by holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Javier Hernandez’s strike two minutes from time in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu knocked out Atletico 1-0 on aggregate, ending their hopes of a second successive appearance in the final of Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Simeone proud after Atletico’s painful defeat by Real

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team and said they were exiting the Champions League with heads held high after elimination by holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Javier Hernandez’s strike two minutes from time in the quarter-final second leg at the Bernabeu knocked out Atletico 1-0 on aggregate, ending their hopes of a second successive appearance in the final of Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 22, 2015

Patient Chicharito seizes moment in the limelight

MADRID (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid since joining on loan from Manchester United but injuries handed the Mexico striker a rare chance on Wednesday which he took with aplomb.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti deployed Hernandez up front with Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders’ Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid, a repeat of last year’s final.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Patient Chicharito seizes moment in the limelight

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Javier Hernandez has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid since joining on loan from Manchester United but injuries handed the Mexico striker a rare chance on Wednesday which he took with aplomb.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti deployed Hernandez up front with Cristiano Ronaldo for the holders’ Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid, a repeat of last year’s final.

Apr 22, 2015

Hernandez late show ends Real’s Atletico jinx

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid kept alive their dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Javier Hernandez’s late strike in a tense clash at home to 10-man Atletico Madrid secured a 1-0 win and a Champions League semi-final place on Wednesday.

After last week’s quarter-final first leg at the Calderon ended 0-0, the return at the Bernabeu appeared to be heading for extra time until James Rodriguez slipped a pass through to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88th minute.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Hernandez late show ends Real’s Atletico jinx

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid kept alive their dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Javier Hernandez’s late strike in a tense clash at home to 10-man Atletico Madrid secured a 1-0 win and a Champions League semi-final place on Wednesday.

After last week’s quarter-final first leg at the Calderon ended 0-0, the return at the Bernabeu appeared to be heading for extra time until James Rodriguez slipped a pass through to Cristiano Ronaldo in the 88th minute.

Apr 22, 2015

Back? I was never away, says Barca’s Iniesta

MADRID (Reuters) – Andres Iniesta will always be a hero to Barcelona and Spain fans but some had started to question whether the 30-year-old’s best days were behind him.

The playmaker’s outrageous skills were on full display again on Tuesday, however, as he cut through the Paris St Germain midfield and released Neymar in front of goal to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg.

Apr 22, 2015

Soccer-Back? I was never away, says Barca’s Iniesta

MADRID, April 22 (Reuters) – Andres Iniesta will always be a hero to Barcelona and Spain fans but some had started to question whether the 30-year-old’s best days were behind him.

The playmaker’s outrageous skills were on full display again on Tuesday, however, as he cut through the Paris St Germain midfield and released Neymar in front of goal to put Barca 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg.