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Sep 16, 2014

Holders Real back on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Holders Real back on song with 5-1 rout of Basel

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid chased away some of their early-season blues when Gareth Bale scored the pick of the goals in a 5-1 rout of FC Basel in their Champions League Group B opener on Tuesday.

After a deflected Nacho effort put Real 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute, Bale raced on to a Luka Modric pass and dinked the ball brilliantly over onrushing Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik before volleying into an empty net.

Sep 16, 2014

Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

MADRID (Reuters) – One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the emergence of a lethal partnership scoring entertaining goals at will, were largely disappointed.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-Messi-Neymar connection clicking before APOEL game

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – One of the most disappointing aspects of Barcelona’s failure to win major silverware last season was the lack of on-field chemistry between Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Four-times World Player of the Year Messi and Brazil forward Neymar had injury troubles during 2013-14 but when they were fit, Barca fans, expecting the emergence of a lethal partnership scoring entertaining goals at will, were largely disappointed.

Sep 15, 2014

Preview: Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Dominant U.S. crush Serbia to win World Cup

MADRID (Reuters) – The United States romped to their fifth basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to overwhelm the tournament’s surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

An athletic U.S. team, missing top NBA players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, finished the tournament in grand style with a 9-0 record to retain the title they won in Istanbul in 2010.

Sep 14, 2014

U.S. rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

MADRID (Reuters) – The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament’s surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

An athletic U.S. team, missing top NBA players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, finished the tournament in grand style after their captain James Harden inspired an effervescent performance in Madrid’s City Arena.

Sep 14, 2014

Soccer-Valencia and Sevilla maintain solid starts

MADRID, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Valencia and Sevilla continued their impressive starts to the season when Valencia’s new Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set the seal on a 3-1 victory against Espanyol and Sevilla saw off Getafe 2-0 on Sunday.

Forward Alcacer, called up by the European champions for the first time this month, struck with a clinical effort in the 73rd minute after goals from Pablo Piatti and Daniel Parejo had put Valencia well on top at the Mestalla.