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Apr 14, 2014

Wounded Barca seek Cup consolation against Real

MADRID (Reuters) – A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday’s King’s Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season.

A wounded Barca travel to Valencia to meet their arch rivals after crashing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and suffering a shock 1-0 reverse at Granada in La Liga three days later that left them four points behind leaders Atletico with five games to play.

Apr 14, 2014

Soccer-Wounded Barca seek Cup consolation against Real

MADRID, April 14 (Reuters) – A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday’s King’s Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season.

A wounded Barca travel to Valencia to meet their arch rivals after crashing out of the Champions League to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and suffering a shock 1-0 reverse at Granada in La Liga three days later that left them four points behind leaders Atletico with five games to play.

Apr 14, 2014

Gashed Costa shin typifies Atletico will to win

MADRID (Reuters) – The deep gash to Diego Costa’s shin suffered in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 La Liga win at Getafe on Sunday was more evidence that the leaders are putting everything on the line, including their own bodies, in pursuit of the title.

Costa had a penalty saved at Getafe’s Coliseum stadium in the Madrid suburbs shortly before Adrian sent a low cross trundling towards the far post in the 84th minute.

Apr 14, 2014

Soccer-Gashed Costa shin typifies Atletico will to win

MADRID, April 14 (Reuters) – The deep gash to Diego Costa’s shin suffered in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 La Liga win at Getafe on Sunday was more evidence that the leaders are putting everything on the line, including their own bodies, in pursuit of the title.

Costa had a penalty saved at Getafe’s Coliseum stadium in the Madrid suburbs shortly before Adrian sent a low cross trundling towards the far post in the 84th minute.

Apr 13, 2014

Soccer-Atletico close on surprise La Liga triumph

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid moved closer to a first La Liga title in almost two decades when Diego Godin and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday that stretched their advantage at the top to three points.

The surprise leaders ahead of much wealthier rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico are well placed with five games left to become the first club other than the big two to win Spain’s domestic league since Valencia in 2004.

Apr 12, 2014

Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a 1-0 La Liga defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth title in six years in serious jeopardy.

After Atletico Madrid dumped them out of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday, Barca were looking for a morale-boosting win that would have put them two points clear of Atletico, who play at Getafe on Sunday, at the top.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

MADRID, April 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a 1-0 La Liga defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth title in six years in serious jeopardy.

After Atletico Madrid dumped them out of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday, Barca were looking for a morale-boosting win that would have put them two points clear of Atletico, who play at Getafe on Sunday, at the top.

Apr 10, 2014

Little rest for Atletico as Getafe trip looms

MADRID (Reuters) – Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday’s Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone’s outperforming side and sent them through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Little rest for Atletico as Getafe trip looms

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday’s Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone’s outperforming side and sent them through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Wounded Barca can still rescue season

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King’s Cup.

Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.