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Dec 12, 2013

Soccer-Atletico form suggests they are a team to avoid in Europe

MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten Champions League group campaign, concluded in style with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday, was more evidence that coach Diego Simeone has moulded his squad into genuine European contenders.

Under the charismatic Argentine, the Spanish side have developed a mean defence and built a highly effective attacking unit around in-form forward Diego Costa and they topped Group G with 16 points from six matches.

Dec 11, 2013

Porto out after defeat at Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – Porto will have to settle for a place in Europe’s second-tier club competition after their Champions League campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at Group G winners Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-1 at Austria Vienna in the other match in the group but the Russians went through to the last 16 in second place as the first side ever to advance with six points from six matches, one more than Porto.

Dec 11, 2013

Soccer-Porto out after defeat at Atletico

MADRID, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Porto will have to settle for a place in Europe’s second-tier club competition after their Champions League campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at Group G winners Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-1 at Austria Vienna in the other match in the group but the Russians went through to the last 16 in second place as the first side ever to advance with six points from six matches, one more than Porto.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Leverkusen through after 1-0 win at Sociedad

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday when Oemer Toprak struck in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in the final round of Group A matches.

The Bundesliga team’s victory lifted them above Shakhtar Donetsk into second place in the group after the Ukrainian side were beaten 1-0 at group winners Manchester United.

Dec 7, 2013

Real red-faced after draw at third-tier Olimpic

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa in the King’s Cup last 32, first leg on Saturday as they came down to earth with a bump after a series of big wins.

Real, the world’s richest club by income, were missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso but a team packed with internationals still failed to see off lowly opponents at their tiny stadium near Valencia.

Dec 7, 2013

Soccer-Real red-faced after draw at third-tier Olimpic

MADRID, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Real Madrid were held to an embarrassing 0-0 draw at third-tier Olimpic de Xativa in the King’s Cup last 32, first leg on Saturday as they came down to earth with a bump after a series of big wins.

Real, the world’s richest club by income, were missing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso but a team packed with internationals still failed to see off lowly opponents at their tiny stadium near Valencia.

Dec 6, 2013

Barca survive King’s Cup scare to beat Cartagena

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a Pedro double helped them fight back to secure a 4-1 victory at third-tier Cartagena in their King’s Cup last 32, first leg on Friday.

Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League and La Liga, Barca’s first losses of the season, coach Gerardo Martino deployed most of the first-choice players available to him despite their lowly opposition.

Dec 6, 2013

Soccer-Barca survive King’s Cup scare to beat Cartagena

MADRID, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona conceded a surprise early goal but a Pedro double helped them fight back to secure a 4-1 victory at third-tier Cartagena in their King’s Cup last 32, first leg on Friday.

Coming into the match on the back of consecutive defeats in the Champions League and La Liga, Barca’s first losses of the season, coach Gerardo Martino deployed most of the first-choice players available to him despite their lowly opposition.

Dec 2, 2013

Barca need quick answers after second straight loss

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s 2-1 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday’s 1-0 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty.

Those were two of the explanations coach Gerardo Martino and the players offered after the Spanish champions suffered their first two defeats of the season during a miserable week that saw them surrender their three-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga.

Dec 2, 2013

Soccer-Barca need quick answers after second straight loss

MADRID, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s 2-1 loss at Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League last week was down to a lack of intensity while Sunday’s 1-0 reverse at Athletic Bilbao in La Liga exposed their relative physical frailty.

Those were two of the explanations coach Gerardo Martino and the players offered after the Spanish champions suffered their first two defeats of the season during a miserable week that saw them surrender their three-point lead over Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga.