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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.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Messi motoring, Neymar frustrating for Barca

MADRID, March 13 (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.

Mar 12, 2014

Player turned coach Simeone revives Atletico fortunes

MADRID (Reuters) – When Atletico Madrid were knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax Amsterdam in 1997, midfielder Diego Simeone could scarcely have imagined it would be 17 years before they reached the last eight again.

Almost two decades later, Simeone is now coaching the La Liga side and Tuesday’s dominant 4-1 home victory against seven-times winners AC Milan, which put Atletico through to the quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate, was the latest evidence he has moulded his unfancied squad into genuine European contenders.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Player turned coach Simeone revives Atletico fortunes

MADRID, March 12 (Reuters) – When Atletico Madrid were knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Ajax Amsterdam in 1997, midfielder Diego Simeone could scarcely have imagined it would be 17 years before they reached the last eight again.

Almost two decades later, Simeone is now coaching the La Liga side and Tuesday’s dominant 4-1 home victory against seven-times winners AC Milan, which put Atletico through to the quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate, was the latest evidence he has moulded his unfancied squad into genuine European contenders.

Mar 11, 2014

Atletico humble Milan to clinch last-eight spot

MADRID (Reuters) – Diego Costa extended his rich vein of form with a double as Atletico Madrid thumped AC Milan 4-1 to send the seven-times winners packing and secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years.

Costa, who struck in Atletico’s 1-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg of the last-16 tie and has seven goals in five appearances in Europe’s elite club competition, opened the scoring in the third minute with an acrobatic volley.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Atletico humble Milan to clinch last-eight spot

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Diego Costa extended his rich vein of form with a double as Atletico Madrid thumped AC Milan 4-1 to send the seven-times winners packing and secure a place in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years.

Costa, who struck in Atletico’s 1-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg of the last-16 tie and has seven goals in five appearances in Europe’s elite club competition this term, opened the scoring in the third minute with an acrobatic volley.