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Oct 26, 2014

Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

Soccer-Rampant Real riding high after ‘Clasico’ triumph

MADRID, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos, who joined from Bayern Munich while Alonso went the other way, was seen as a poor substitute for the experienced Spain midfielder, while James Rodriguez, top scorer at the World Cup finals in Brazil with six goals, seemed to lack Di Maria’s intensity and eye for a killer pass.

Oct 26, 2014

No joy for Suarez as Real beat Barca in ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

There was no dream return for Luis Suarez, making his Barca debut after a four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup.

Oct 25, 2014

Real professionalism is unique, says Ancelotti after win

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team’s professionalism and effort after they fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 3-1 in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Neymar put Barca ahead in the fourth minute before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the in-form European champions, who appear to have put an early-season wobble firmly behind them, with a penalty in the 35th.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-Real professionalism is unique, says Ancelotti after win

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team’s professionalism and effort after they fought back from a goal down to beat Barcelona 3-1 in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu.

Neymar put Barca ahead in the fourth minute before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled for the in-form European champions, who appear to have put an early-season wobble firmly behind them, with a penalty in the 35th.

Oct 25, 2014

‘Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-’Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Real fight back to take ‘Clasico’ spoils

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-Real fight back to take ‘Clasico’ spoils

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.

Oct 23, 2014

Real, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

MADRID (Reuters) – Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly controversy.