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Apr 13, 2014

Soccer-Atletico close on surprise La Liga triumph

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid moved closer to a first La Liga title in almost two decades when Diego Godin and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe on Sunday that stretched their advantage at the top to three points.

The surprise leaders ahead of much wealthier rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico are well placed with five games left to become the first club other than the big two to win Spain’s domestic league since Valencia in 2004.

Apr 12, 2014

Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a 1-0 La Liga defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth title in six years in serious jeopardy.

After Atletico Madrid dumped them out of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday, Barca were looking for a morale-boosting win that would have put them two points clear of Atletico, who play at Getafe on Sunday, at the top.

Apr 12, 2014

Soccer-Lethargic Barca slump to shock defeat at Granada

MADRID, April 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s nightmare week hit a new low when they followed up their Champions League exit with a 1-0 La Liga defeat at Granada on Saturday that left their bid for a fifth title in six years in serious jeopardy.

After Atletico Madrid dumped them out of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday, Barca were looking for a morale-boosting win that would have put them two points clear of Atletico, who play at Getafe on Sunday, at the top.

Apr 10, 2014

Little rest for Atletico as Getafe trip looms

MADRID (Reuters) – Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday’s Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone’s outperforming side and sent them through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Little rest for Atletico as Getafe trip looms

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday’s Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone’s outperforming side and sent them through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Wounded Barca can still rescue season

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King’s Cup.

Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Wounded Barca can still rescue season

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King’s Cup.

Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.

Apr 10, 2014

Simeone’s Atletico closing on greatest season

MADRID (Reuters) – A key player in the Atletico Madrid team that won a La Liga and King’s Cup double in 1996 and now the club’s inspirational coach, Diego Simeone has led his unfancied team to the brink of an even greater achievement.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 home win over Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg, which sealed a 2-1 aggregate success against their La Liga rivals, secured their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Simeone’s Atletico closing on greatest season

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – A key player in the Atletico Madrid team that won a La Liga and King’s Cup double in 1996 and now the club’s inspirational coach, Diego Simeone has led his unfancied team to the brink of an even greater achievement.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 home win over Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg, which sealed a 2-1 aggregate success against their La Liga rivals, secured their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Messi goes missing as Barca crash out of Europe

MADRID (Reuters) – When the dust has settled on Wednesday’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, one question that will be on the lips of many Barcelona fans is: where was Lionel Messi?

The Argentina forward and four-times World Player of the Year barely threatened the Atletico goal at the Calderon as Barca fell behind to Koke’s fifth-minute volley and were unable to turn around the 2-1 aggregate scoreline.