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Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Celta keen to make life difficult for Real

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Celta Vigo have secured their place in Spain’s top flight for another season and Real Madrid’s La Liga visit on Sunday is another chance for them to show they can compete with the nation’s wealthy elite.

A well organised side who play attractive football under Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, Celta surprised champions Atletico Madrid 2-0 at their Balaidos stadium in February and held out until 17 minutes from time at home to leaders Barcelona this month before falling 1-0.

Apr 23, 2015

Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid’s side this season but Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.

Atletico had a chance to eliminate the team who beat them in last season’s final but after holding Real to a 0-0 draw in last week’s quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon they barely threatened in the return at the Bernabeu.

Apr 23, 2015

Soccer-Atletico focus turns to securing Europe spot for 2015-16

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been a constant thorn in Real Madrid’s side this season but Wednesday’s Champions League clash at the Bernabeu was a bridge too far for the Argentine and his overachieving side.

Atletico had a chance to eliminate the team who beat them in last season’s final but after holding Real to a 0-0 draw in last week’s quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon they barely threatened in the return at the Bernabeu.

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.