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Mar 31, 2014

Soccer-Martino, Simeone renew old rivalry in Europe

MADRID, March 31 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino and his Atletico Madrid counterpart Diego Simeone clashed as rival players in their native Argentina and there will be no quarter given when they meet in the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday.

A callow Simeone was not yet 18 when he faced Martino, nearly 10 years his senior, in a league match between Velez Sarsfield and Newell’s Old Boys in January 1988, when Martino was sent off for a challenge on fellow midfielder Simeone, who was himself dismissed 10 minutes later.

Mar 29, 2014

Atletico stay top after battling win in Bilbao

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid stayed on course for an unlikely Spanish title triumph when they battled back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win at fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday.

The hard-fought victory at the San Mames, only a second home defeat for Bilbao this season, restored Atletico’s one-point advantage over champions Barcelona, who won 1-0 at Espanyol in the earlier kickoff thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty.

Mar 29, 2014

Messi penalty lifts Barca back to La Liga summit

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona kept up the pressure on La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid when Lionel Messi struck from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win at Espanyol in Saturday’s Catalan derby.

The laboured victory at Espanyol’s Cornella-El Prat stadium lifted the champions, who are chasing a fifth domestic league triumph in six years, above Atletico into first place on 75 points from 31 of 38 matches.

Mar 29, 2014

Soccer-Messi penalty lifts Barca back to La Liga summit

MADRID, March 29 (Reuters) – Barcelona kept up the pressure on La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid when Lionel Messi struck from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win at Espanyol in Saturday’s Catalan derby.

The laboured victory at Espanyol’s Cornella-El Prat stadium lifted the champions, who are chasing a fifth domestic league triumph in six years, above Atletico into first place on 75 points from 31 of 38 matches.

Mar 24, 2014

Barca win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny.

Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76 points in 2006-07, with Real crowned champions by virtue of a superior head-to-head record, and Sevilla stayed in the hunt down to the wire has there been such a close three-way fight for the title.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Barca win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny.

Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76 points in 2006-07, with Real crowned champions by virtue of a superior head-to-head record, and Sevilla stayed in the hunt down to the wire has there been such a close three-way fight for the title.

Mar 24, 2014

Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid.

Messi, World Player four times in a row before Ronaldo scooped his second award, levelled an action-packed ‘Clasico’ at 2-2 just before halftime with an opportunistic strike through a crowd of Real defenders.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid.

Messi, World Player four times in a row before Ronaldo scooped his second award, levelled an action-packed ‘Clasico’ at 2-2 just before halftime with an opportunistic strike through a crowd of Real defenders.

Mar 23, 2014

Messi blows title race open with treble at Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced ‘Clasico’ on Sunday.

Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real’s Bernabeu stadium in a match watched by millions around the world would have all-but killed off their challenge but they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead through playmaker Andres Iniesta.

Mar 23, 2014

Soccer-Messi blows title race open with treble at Real

MADRID, March 23 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced ‘Clasico’ on Sunday.

Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real’s Bernabeu stadium in a match watched by millions around the world would have all-but killed off their challenge but they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead through playmaker Andres Iniesta.