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Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-We are playing very badly, says Real coach Ancelotti

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti did not mince his words after the Champions League holders managed to get past Schalke 04 into the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday and were whistled off the pitch.

Real slumped to a stunning 4-3 home reverse to the battling Bundesliga side, who came within a goal of pulling off a remarkable upset after losing last month’s first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

Holders Real squeak past Schalke into last eight

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they suffered a stunning 4-3 defeat at home to Schalke 04 on Tuesday but squeezed through to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

A first-half Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema early in the second half saw Real through to the last eight but Schalke can consider themselves unlucky not to progress.

Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-Holders Real squeak past Schalke into last eight

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they suffered a stunning 4-3 defeat at home to Schalke 04 on Tuesday but squeezed through to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

A first-half Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema early in the second half saw Real through to the last eight but Schalke can consider themselves unlucky not to progress.

Mar 2, 2015

Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this season but the team known as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ will need something special to get past Barcelona in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-finals.

Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from last month’s first leg at the Nou Camp, when their Brazil forward Neymar had a second-half penalty saved, and are closing on a 27th triumph in the competition.

Mar 2, 2015

Soccer-Yellow Submarine need special splash to sink Barca

MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) – Villarreal have proved they can go toe to toe with Spain’s elite this season but the team known as the ‘Yellow Submarine’ will need something special to get past Barcelona in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-finals.

Barca, the record winners, lead 3-1 from last month’s first leg at the Nou Camp, when their Brazil forward Neymar had a second-half penalty saved, and are closing on a 27th triumph in the competition.

Mar 2, 2015

Real held at home by battling Villarreal

MADRID (Reuters) – La Liga leaders Real Madrid dropped points at home for only the second time this season when Villarreal fought back from a goal down in an entertaining 1-1 draw that left Real two points ahead of Barcelona on Sunday.

Champions Atletico Madrid also stumbled, a 0-0 stalemate at Sevilla denting their chances of a second consecutive Spanish title and leaving them five points behind Barca in third.

Mar 1, 2015

Soccer-Atletico title hopes hit by Sevilla stalemate

MADRID, March 1 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s hopes of successfully defending their Spanish title suffered another blow when they were held to a 0-0 draw at fifth-placed Sevilla in a bruising La Liga encounter on Sunday.

After their 1-0 Champions League reverse at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, Atletico coach Diego Simeone deployed a defensive lineup for the clash at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Feb 28, 2015

Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona’s faith

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified.

After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro (58.77 million pounds) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October.

Feb 28, 2015

Soccer-Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona’s faith

MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified.

After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro ($90.7 million) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October.

Feb 28, 2015

Barca hot on Real’s heels after Suarez show at Granada

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona cut Real Madrid’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when in-form forward Luis Suarez played a part in all three of their goals in a scrappy 3-1 victory at Granada on Saturday.

Barca struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium but took the lead in the 25th minute when Ivan Rakitic smashed the ball in from close range after Granada defender Cala failed to clear a Suarez centre.