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Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Barca win sets La Liga up for thrilling finale

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) – La Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny.

Not since Real and Barca finished tied on 76 points in 2006-07, with Real crowned champions by virtue of a superior head-to-head record, and Sevilla stayed in the hunt down to the wire has there been such a close three-way fight for the title.

Mar 24, 2014

Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid.

Messi, World Player four times in a row before Ronaldo scooped his second award, levelled an action-packed ‘Clasico’ at 2-2 just before halftime with an opportunistic strike through a crowd of Real defenders.

Mar 24, 2014

Soccer-Clinical Messi outshines Ronaldo in his own backyard

MADRID, March 24 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi lost his World Player of the Year crown to Cristiano Ronaldo but got sweet revenge on Sunday by upstaging the Portuguese forward in his own backyard with a hat-trick that fired Barcelona to a 4-3 victory over Real Madrid.

Messi, World Player four times in a row before Ronaldo scooped his second award, levelled an action-packed ‘Clasico’ at 2-2 just before halftime with an opportunistic strike through a crowd of Real defenders.

Mar 23, 2014

Messi blows title race open with treble at Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced ‘Clasico’ on Sunday.

Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real’s Bernabeu stadium in a match watched by millions around the world would have all-but killed off their challenge but they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead through playmaker Andres Iniesta.

Mar 23, 2014

Soccer-Messi blows title race open with treble at Real

MADRID, March 23 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced ‘Clasico’ on Sunday.

Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real’s Bernabeu stadium in a match watched by millions around the world would have all-but killed off their challenge but they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead through playmaker Andres Iniesta.

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.