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Apr 28, 2014

Spain’s Costa a potential thorn in Brazil’s side

MADRID (Reuters) – A World Cup final featuring hosts Brazil and holders Spain is not an unlikely scenario and Diego Costa could find himself playing a starring role for his adopted country against his native one on July 13.

The Brazil-born forward raised hackles among his compatriots when he accepted an invitation late last year to play for world and European champions Spain.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Boy wonder Alexis carrying Chilean hopes in Brazil

MADRID, April 28 (Reuters) – There are many examples of players who have shrugged off the poverty of formative years to become household names but Chile forward Alexis Sanchez can point to a background that was about as tough as they come.

Born in Tocopilla in Chile’s northern mining region, a grim port city dominated by a gigantic power plant and a saltpeter processing facility, Alexis barely knew his father and was raised by a mother who scraped a living as a cleaner at her son’s school.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Spain’s Costa a potential thorn in Brazil’s side

MADRID, April 28 (Reuters) – A World Cup final featuring hosts Brazil and holders Spain is not an unlikely scenario and Diego Costa could find himself playing a starring role for his adopted country against his native one on July 13.

The Brazil-born forward raised hackles among his compatriots when he accepted an invitation late last year to play for world and European champions Spain.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID, April 28 (Reuters) – Spain’s desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas.

The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer’s global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year’s Confederations Cup final.

Apr 24, 2014

Benzema strike gives Real edge over holders Bayern

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years.

Chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, Real were content to cede possession to the slick Bundesliga champions in the semi-final, first leg and created much the better chances with a series of trademark counter attacks.

Apr 24, 2014

Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role.

Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season’s competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the final 20 minutes following a bout of flu.

Apr 23, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role.

Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season’s competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the final 20 minutes following a bout of flu.

Apr 23, 2014

Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-times winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern dominated possession in the semi-final, first leg at the Bernabeu without posing much of a threat to the home goal and Benzema’s 19th-minute effort means Real will have the advantage going into next week’s return in Munich.

Apr 23, 2014

Soccer-Benzema puts Real in charge against holders Bayern

MADRID, April 23 (Reuters) – Real Madrid moved a step closer to a first Champions League final appearance in 12 years when a Karim Benzema strike gave the record nine-times winners a 1-0 win at home to holders Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern dominated possession in the semi-final, first leg at the Bernabeu without posing much of a threat to the home goal and Benzema’s 19th-minute effort means Real will have the advantage going into next week’s return in Munich.

Apr 22, 2014

Mourinho’s cautious Chelsea frustrate Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho returned to Spain with an ultra-cautious approach as his team earned a 0-0 draw with surprise Champions League semi-finalists Atletico Madrid in a first leg lacking in excitement on Tuesday.

The stalemate at the Vicente Calderon, which Atletico coach Diego Simeone believes gives Chelsea a slight advantage in next week’s return at Stamford Bridge, came at a cost for the 2012 winners, however.