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Feb 11, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo double sends Real through to Cup final

MADRID, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at King’s Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 5-0 on aggregate.

Real, who have not conceded a goal in this season’s competition, are likely to meet Barcelona in April’s showpiece as the record winners lead 2-0 against Real Sociedad ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final, second leg in San Sebastian.

Feb 10, 2014

Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April’s King’s Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League.

The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 2-0 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semi-final second leg in San Sebastian on Wednesday (2100 GMT).

Feb 10, 2014

Soccer-Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown

MADRID, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April’s King’s Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League.

The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 2-0 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semi-final second leg in San Sebastian on Wednesday (2100 GMT).

Feb 9, 2014

Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to secure a 4-1 comeback win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.

Barca’s defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.

Feb 9, 2014

Soccer-Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga

MADRID, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to secure a 4-1 comeback win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.

Barca’s defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.

Feb 9, 2014

Atletico urge unity after second straight defeat

MADRID (Reuters) – They had to wait almost two decades and in the end it only lasted a week – Atletico Madrid’s brief appearance at the top of La Liga, their first since 1996, ended on Saturday when they went down 2-0 at promoted Almeria.

It was a second successive defeat for Diego Simeone’s side following a 3-0 drubbing at Real Madrid in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg and Real, who beat Villarreal 4-2, climbed above Atletico on goal difference ahead of Barcelona’s match at Sevilla later on Sunday.

Feb 9, 2014

Soccer-Atletico urge unity after second straight defeat

MADRID, Feb 9 (Reuters) – They had to wait almost two decades and in the end it only lasted a week – Atletico Madrid’s brief appearance at the top of La Liga, their first since 1996, ended on Saturday when they went down 2-0 at promoted Almeria.

It was a second successive defeat for Diego Simeone’s side following a 3-0 drubbing at Real Madrid in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg and Real, who beat Villarreal 4-2, climbed above Atletico on goal difference ahead of Barcelona’s match at Sevilla later on Sunday.

Feb 5, 2014

Real, Barca on course for Cup final showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are on course for a King’s Cup final showdown after Spain’s two dominant teams recorded convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday.

Real thumped holders Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2-1 defeat in last year’s final at the same stadium, while record winners Barca beat 10-man Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Feb 5, 2014

Soccer-Real, Barca on course for Cup final showdown

MADRID, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are on course for a King’s Cup final showdown after Spain’s two dominant teams recorded convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday.

Real thumped holders Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2-1 defeat in last year’s final at the same stadium, while record winners Barca beat 10-man Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Feb 3, 2014

Atletico riding high before Real Cup clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Three points clear at the top of La Liga, a shrewd-looking signing in the bag and soaring optimism among their fans, Atletico Madrid are on could nine ahead of Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final clash against Real.

One of Spanish soccer’s poorer relations, under inspirational coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting a genuine challenge this term to bitter city rivals Real and Barcelona, the world’s two richest clubs by income.