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Nov 7, 2013

Soccer-Betis next victims on the block for Messi’s Barca

MADRID, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Having sealed their place in the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare and Lionel Messi returning to something near his best, Barcelona are eagerly awaiting Sunday’s La Liga clash with Real Betis (2000 GMT).

Messi ended a mini goal drought with a double in Wednesday’s 3-1 Group H win at home to AC Milan and the Argentine World Player of the Year will be looking to put a run of four domestic outings for the unbeaten leaders without scoring behind him when struggling Betis visit the Nou Camp.

Nov 6, 2013

Lethal in attack, Real still shaky in defense

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have spent several hundred million euros assembling one of soccer’s most lethal attacking units, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is still tinkering with a defense that again looked shaky in Tuesday’s Champions League draw at Juventus.

With Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales winger Gareth Bale playing either side of France striker Karim Benzema in a three-man attack, Real are almost impossible to keep at bay, especially with Ronaldo in such prolific form.

Nov 6, 2013

Lethal in attack, Real Madrid still shaky in defence

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have spent several hundred million euros assembling one of soccer’s most lethal attacking units, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is still tinkering with a defence that again looked shaky in Tuesday’s Champions League draw at Juventus.

With Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales winger Gareth Bale playing either side of France striker Karim Benzema in a three-man attack, Real are almost impossible to keep at bay, especially with Ronaldo in such prolific form.

Nov 6, 2013

Soccer-Lethal in attack, Real still shaky in defence

MADRID, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have spent several hundred million euros assembling one of soccer’s most lethal attacking units, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is still tinkering with a defence that again looked shaky in Tuesday’s Champions League draw at Juventus.

With Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales winger Gareth Bale playing either side of France striker Karim Benzema in a three-man attack, Real are almost impossible to keep at bay, especially with Ronaldo in such prolific form.

Nov 5, 2013

Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has set the bar so high for himself that when he does not score for a few games it prompts an outburst of speculation and head-scratching about what might be ailing the Argentine World Player of the Year.

That is the situation Messi’s club Barcelona find themselves in as they prepare to host AC Milan in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

Nov 5, 2013

Soccer-Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash

MADRID, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has set the bar so high for himself that when he does not score for a few games it prompts an outburst of speculation and head-scratching about what might be ailing the Argentine World Player of the Year.

That is the situation Messi’s club Barcelona find themselves in as they prepare to host AC Milan in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

Nov 4, 2013

Van Persie, Rooney hit form before Sociedad clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Manchester United’s hopes of silverware this season will likely rest on the shoulders of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and manager David Moyes believes the attacking pair are starting to move into top gear.

The Dutchman and the Englishman scored in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham as the champions put a slow start to their domestic campaign behind them and gave themselves a lift before Tuesday’s Champions League Group A clash at Real Sociedad.

Nov 4, 2013

Soccer-Van Persie, Rooney hit form before Sociedad clash

MADRID, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s hopes of silverware this season will likely rest on the shoulders of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and manager David Moyes believes the attacking pair are starting to move into top gear.

The Dutchman and the Englishman scored in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham as the champions put a slow start to their domestic campaign behind them and gave themselves a lift before Tuesday’s Champions League Group A clash at Real Sociedad.

Nov 3, 2013

Atletico flaunt title credentials with Bilbao win

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s challenge to the domestic dominance of wealthy Barcelona and Real Madrid showed no sign of flagging when David Villa and Diego Costa struck in a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The victory at a festive Calderon, Atletico’s 11th in 12 matches this season, trimmed the gap to unbeaten leaders Barca back to one point and restored their five-point advantage over city rivals Real in third.

Nov 3, 2013

Atletico underline title credentials with Bilbao win

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s challenge to heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid showed no sign of flagging when goals from David Villa and Diego Costa secured a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The victory at a festive Calderon, Atletico’s 11th in 12 matches this season, trimmed the gap to unbeaten leaders Barca back to one point and restored their five-point advantage over city rivals Real in third.