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Mar 20, 2014

Relentless Real looking to snuff out Barca bid

MADRID (Reuters) – The 168th La Liga “Clasico” between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years.

Leaders Real host their arch rivals at the Bernabeu on Sunday (2000 GMT) in one of soccer’s most emotive occasions, featuring a clash of the world’s two richest clubs, the two best players – Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca’s Lionel Messi – and watched by hundreds of millions around the world.

Mar 20, 2014

Soccer-Relentless Real looking to snuff out Barca bid

MADRID, March 20 (Reuters) – The 168th La Liga “Clasico” between in-form Real Madrid and an erratic Barcelona could see the table-toppers take a big step towards winning the title and sound the death knell for the champions bid for a fifth triumph in six years.

Leaders Real host their arch rivals at the Bernabeu on Sunday (2000 GMT) in one of soccer’s most emotive occasions, featuring a clash of the world’s two richest clubs, the two best players – Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca’s Lionel Messi – and watched by hundreds of millions around the world.

Mar 19, 2014

Ronaldo run raising hopes of rare treble for Real Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s scintillating form and the supporting role played by the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema suggest Real Madrid have every right to believe a rare treble is well within their grasp.

Barcelona became the only Spanish team to win the Champions League and the domestic league and Cup in the same season in 2009 and La Liga leaders Real are in a strong position to match their arch rivals after Ronaldo’s goals helped them put together a 31-match unbeaten run since the end of October.

Mar 19, 2014

Ronaldo run raising hopes of rare treble for Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s scintillating form and the supporting role played by the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema suggest Real Madrid have every right to believe a rare treble is well within their grasp.

Barcelona became the only Spanish team to win the Champions League and the domestic league and Cup in the same season in 2009 and La Liga leaders Real are in a strong position to match their arch rivals after Ronaldo’s goals helped them put together a 31-match unbeaten run since the end of October.

Mar 19, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo run raising hopes of rare treble for Real

MADRID, March 19 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s scintillating form and the supporting role played by the likes of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema suggest Real Madrid have every right to believe a rare treble is well within their grasp.

Barcelona became the only Spanish team to win the Champions League and the domestic league and Cup in the same season in 2009 and La Liga leaders Real are in a strong position to match their arch rivals after Ronaldo’s goals helped them put together a 31-match unbeaten run since the end of October.

Mar 18, 2014

Ronaldo scores two as Real storm into last eight

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Real Madrid stormed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a club record 9-2 aggregate success after Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-1 win at home against Schalke 04 on Tuesday.

Real were virtually assured of a place in the last eight after thrashing the Bundesliga side 6-1 in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg and coach Carlo Ancelotti rested a host of regulars for the return at the Bernabeu with an eye on Sunday’s La Liga “Clasico” against Barcelona.

Mar 18, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo scores two as Real storm into last eight

March 18 (Reuters) – Real Madrid stormed into the Champions League quarter-finals with a club record 9-2 aggregate success after Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice in a 3-1 win at home against Schalke 04 on Tuesday.

Real were virtually assured of a place in the last eight after thrashing the Bundesliga side 6-1 in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg and coach Carlo Ancelotti rested a host of regulars for the return at the Bernabeu with an eye on Sunday’s La Liga “Clasico” against Barcelona.

Mar 13, 2014

Garcia flourishing under inspirational Simeone

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s in-form midfielder Raul Garcia possibly demonstrates better than anyone in the La Liga club’s squad how coach Diego Simeone has managed to get the best from players previously seen as underachievers.

Deployed in a more offensive role than in past seasons, Garcia has netted 15 goals in all competitions, including four in the Champions League, comfortably surpassing his previous best tally of 11 when he was on loan at Osasuna in his native Pamplona in 2011-12.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Garcia flourishing under inspirational Simeone

MADRID, March 13 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s in-form midfielder Raul Garcia possibly demonstrates better than anyone in the La Liga club’s squad how coach Diego Simeone has managed to get the best from players previously seen as underachievers.

Deployed in a more offensive role than in past seasons, Garcia has netted 15 goals in all competitions, including four in the Champions League, comfortably surpassing his previous best tally of 11 when he was on loan at Osasuna in his native Pamplona in 2011-12.

Mar 13, 2014

Messi motoring, Neymar frustrating for Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) – With Lionel Messi firing on all cylinders again, Barcelona’s Champions League challenge is very much alive but coach Gerardo Martino would be much happier if marquee signing Neymar was not on such patchy form.

Messi scored his eighth goal in five appearances in the latest edition of Europe’s elite club competition in Wednesday’s 2-1 win at home to Manchester City, which sent the Spanish champions through to the quarter-finals for the seventh straight season, 4-1 on aggregate.