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Oct 27, 2014

Lowly Cornella in the path of Real juggernaut

MADRID (Reuters) – When third-tier Cornella were drawn to play holders Real Madrid in the last 32 of the King’s Cup, players and officials from the Barcelona-based club celebrated wildly what they called “winning the lottery”.

Wednesday’s first leg match will be played at the nearby stadium of top-flight Espanyol and will provide some welcome extra revenue for tiny Cornella, whose annual budget of around 1 million euros (1.3 million US dollars) is dwarfed by Real’s income of more than half a billion.

Oct 27, 2014

Soccer-Lowly Cornella in the path of Real juggernaut

MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) – When third-tier Cornella were drawn to play holders Real Madrid in the last 32 of the King’s Cup, players and officials from the Barcelona-based club celebrated wildly what they called “winning the lottery”.

Wednesday’s first leg match will be played at the nearby stadium of top-flight Espanyol and will provide some welcome extra revenue for tiny Cornella, whose annual budget of around 1 million euros (1.3 million US dollars) is dwarfed by Real’s income of more than half a billion.

Oct 26, 2014

Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

Soccer-Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

No joy for Suarez as Real beat Barca in ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

There was no dream return for Luis Suarez, making his Barca debut after a four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Oct 25, 2014

Real professionalism is unique, says Ancelotti after win

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team’s professionalism and effort after they fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 3-1 in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Neymar put Barca ahead in the fourth minute before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the in-form European champions, who appear to have put an early-season wobble firmly behind them, with a penalty in the 35th.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-Real professionalism is unique, says Ancelotti after win

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team’s professionalism and effort after they fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 3-1 in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Neymar put Barca ahead in the fourth minute before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the in-form European champions, who appear to have put an early-season wobble firmly behind them, with a penalty in the 35th.

Oct 25, 2014

‘Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-’Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Real fight back to take ‘Clasico’ spoils

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.