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Mar 25, 2015

Soccer-Spain new boys out to make a mark against Ukraine

MADRID, March 25 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up several new faces for Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Ukraine with forward Juanmi and midfielder Vitolo among those keen to make a mark.

The pair have been impressive for their clubs Malaga and Sevilla respectively this season and could get a chance to shine on the international stage as the European champions look to keep up the pressure on Group C leaders Slovakia.

Mar 18, 2015

Atletico shootout success gives Simeone ‘goose bumps’

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having “goose bumps” after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.

Atletico lost 1-0 at Leverkusen in the first leg but a first-half goal from Mario Suarez left the rivals locked at 1-1 after extra time in the return match at a typically vibrant Calderon stadium.

Mar 18, 2015

Soccer-Atletico shootout success gives Simeone ‘goose bumps’

MADRID, March 17 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted to having “goose bumps” after his side overturned a first-leg deficit and knocked Bayer Leverkusen out of the Champions League on penalties to claim a berth in the last eight on Tuesday.

Atletico lost 1-0 at Leverkusen in the first leg but a first-half goal from Mario Suarez left the rivals locked at 1-1 after extra time in the return match at a typically vibrant Calderon stadium.

Mar 17, 2015

Atletico win shootout to send Leverkusen packing

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid stayed on course for a second straight Champions League final appearance by beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 on Tuesday and then winning a nerve-jangling penalty shootout to reach the last eight.

Leverkusen won last month’s first leg in Germany 1-0 and a goal from Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez in the 27th minute of a finely-balanced and absorbing return match left the teams locked at 1-1 after extra time.

Mar 17, 2015

Soccer-Atletico win shootout to send Leverkusen packing

MADRID, March 17 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid stayed on course for a second straight Champions League final appearance by beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 on Tuesday and then winning a nerve-jangling penalty shootout to reach the last eight.

Leverkusen won last month’s first leg in Germany 1-0 and a goal from Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez in the 27th minute of a finely-balanced and absorbing return match left the teams locked at 1-1 after extra time.

Mar 17, 2015

Hart facing renewed onslaught from in-form Suarez

MADRID (Reuters) – Joe Hart is probably sick of the sight of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and the Manchester City goalkeeper will need to improve his record against the Uruguayan if the English champions are to have any hope of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barca lead 2-1 from last month’s first leg ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, when Suarez netted both goals, more evidence he is nearing top form after a stuttering start to his stint in Spain.

Mar 17, 2015

Soccer-Hart facing renewed onslaught from in-form Suarez

MADRID, March 17 (Reuters) – Joe Hart is probably sick of the sight of Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and the Manchester City goalkeeper will need to improve his record against the Uruguayan if the English champions are to have any hope of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.

Barca lead 2-1 from last month’s first leg ahead of the showdown at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, when Suarez netted both goals, more evidence he is nearing top form after a stuttering start to his stint in Spain.

Mar 16, 2015

Koke return could be key for Atletico, Simeone says

MADRID (Reuters) – The return of midfielder Koke could be crucial to Atletico Madrid’s hopes of overturning a 1-0 deficit to Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.

A Spain international and one of Atletico’s most creative influences, Koke missed last month’s first leg defeat in Germany due to injury but has featured in Atletico’s last three outings in La Liga.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Koke return could be key for Atletico, Simeone says

MADRID, March 16 (Reuters) – The return of midfielder Koke could be crucial to Atletico Madrid’s hopes of overturning a 1-0 deficit to Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg, coach Diego Simeone said on Monday.

A Spain international and one of Atletico’s most creative influences, Koke missed last month’s first leg defeat in Germany due to injury but has featured in Atletico’s last three outings in La Liga.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Leverkusen looking to feed off Calderon buzz-Schmidt

MADRID, March 16 (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen will not be intimidated by the baying home fans at Atletico Madrid’s stadium and will try to feed off the atmosphere to gain extra motivation, coach Roger Schmidt said on Monday.

Leverkusen take a 1-0 lead into Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, second leg at the 55,000-capacity Calderon, where Atletico have won 20 of their last 22 European matches.