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Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Ancelotti urges more consistency after Real held at Atletico

MADRID, April 14 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid will need to maintain their intensity for the whole of next week’s return leg if they are to get past Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday.

Real dominated their city rivals in the first half of Tuesday’s quarter-final, first leg at Atletico’s Calderon stadium but were unable to convert a host of chances.

Apr 14, 2015

Oblak saves Atletico from dominant holders Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday.

Slovenian Oblak made a string of memorable saves against the team that beat Atletico in last season’s final to keep the Spanish champions’ hopes of reaching the last four alive ahead of next week’s return game at the Bernabeu.

Apr 14, 2015

Soccer-Oblak saves Atletico from dominant holders Real

MADRID, April 14 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak produced a heroic performance to repel holders Real Madrid and help secure a 0-0 draw in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg at the Calderon on Tuesday.

Slovenian Oblak made a string of memorable saves against the team that beat Atletico in last season’s final to keep the Spanish champions’ hopes of reaching the last four alive ahead of next week’s return game at the Bernabeu.

Apr 13, 2015

Valencia pushing Atletico hard in battle for third

MADRID (Reuters) – Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the fight for third place in La Liga when a 3-0 derby victory at home to Levante on Monday lifted the Singapore-owned club to within a point of the champions with seven games left.

Paco Alcacer nodded Valencia in front from a Dani Parejo centre in the 16th minute at the Mestalla before Lucas Orban crossed for Sofiane Feghouli to head a second for the home side nine minutes before the break.

Apr 13, 2015

Soccer-Valencia pushing Atletico hard in battle for third

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the fight for third place in La Liga when a 3-0 derby victory at home to Levante on Monday lifted the Singapore-owned club to within a point of the champions with seven games left.

Paco Alcacer nodded Valencia in front from a Dani Parejo centre in the 16th minute at the Mestalla before Lucas Orban crossed for Sofiane Feghouli to head a second for the home side nine minutes before the break.

Apr 9, 2015

Valencia lose ground in battle for third place

MADRID (Reuters) – Valencia stumbled in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The three clubs are battling it out for both third place and a lucrative automatic berth in the Champions League group stage and fourth, which carries a spot in qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Valencia lose ground in battle for third place

MADRID, April 9 (Reuters) – Valencia stumbled in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The three clubs are battling it out for both third place and a lucrative automatic berth in the Champions League group stage and fourth, which carries a spot in qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 9, 2015

Ronaldo reaches 300 goals for Real in Rayo win

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.

Fresh from thrashing Granada 9-1, when Ronaldo hit five, the European champions needed a win at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium after Barca strolled to a 4-0 home victory over Almeria to open a seven-point advantage over their arch-rivals.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo reaches 300 goals for Real in Rayo win

MADRID, April 8 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.

Fresh from thrashing Granada 9-1, when Ronaldo hit five, the European champions needed a win at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium after Barca strolled to a 4-0 home victory over Almeria to open a seven-point advantage over their arch-rivals.

Apr 9, 2015

Emery-inspired Sevilla well set for Barca visit

MADRID (Reuters) – Sevilla coach Unai Emery is one of the more eccentric characters in La Liga but the Andalusian club’s success this season suggests there is plenty of method in the Basque-born 43-year-old’s apparent madness.

Prowling the touchline during games, Emery’s frantic arm gestures, wild eyes and bellowed commands clearly inspire his players rather than distract them.