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Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Little rest for Atletico as Getafe trip looms

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – Surprise La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have little time to bask in the glory of Wednesday’s Champions League win against Barcelona with a tricky trip across town to play relegation-threatened Getafe looming on Sunday.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 success at the Calderon sealed a 2-1 aggregate success for Diego Simeone’s outperforming side and sent them through to the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Wounded Barca can still rescue season

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King’s Cup.

Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Wounded Barca can still rescue season

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Champions League reverse at the hands of Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday is a heavy blow but they can still rescue their season by winning La Liga and the King’s Cup.

Barca retain a realistic chance of avenging the 2-1 aggregate defeat to Atletico in their Champions League quarter-final by overhauling the league leaders and claiming a fifth domestic title in six years.

Apr 10, 2014

Simeone’s Atletico closing on greatest season

MADRID (Reuters) – A key player in the Atletico Madrid team that won a La Liga and King’s Cup double in 1996 and now the club’s inspirational coach, Diego Simeone has led his unfancied team to the brink of an even greater achievement.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 home win over Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg, which sealed a 2-1 aggregate success against their La Liga rivals, secured their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Simeone’s Atletico closing on greatest season

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – A key player in the Atletico Madrid team that won a La Liga and King’s Cup double in 1996 and now the club’s inspirational coach, Diego Simeone has led his unfancied team to the brink of an even greater achievement.

Atletico’s stunning 1-0 home win over Barcelona in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg, which sealed a 2-1 aggregate success against their La Liga rivals, secured their place in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

Apr 10, 2014

Messi goes missing as Barca crash out of Europe

MADRID (Reuters) – When the dust has settled on Wednesday’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, one question that will be on the lips of many Barcelona fans is: where was Lionel Messi?

The Argentina forward and four-times World Player of the Year barely threatened the Atletico goal at the Calderon as Barca fell behind to Koke’s fifth-minute volley and were unable to turn around the 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

Apr 9, 2014

Simeone triumphs in tactical battle with Martino

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone got his tactics spot on in the battle with Barcelona counterpart and Argentine compatriot Gerardo Martino as his unfancied side dumped their wealthier rivals out of Europe on Wednesday.

Barca were unable to cope with a fired-up Atletico in the opening 20 minutes of the Champions League quarter-final, second leg at the Calderon, when Koke scored the only goal of the game in the fifth minute to secure a 2-1 aggregate success.

Apr 9, 2014

Soccer-Messi goes missing as Barca crash out of Europe

MADRID, April 10 (Reuters) – When the dust has settled on Wednesday’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid, one question that will be on the lips of many Barcelona fans is: where was Lionel Messi?

The Argentina forward and four-times World Player of the Year barely threatened the Atletico goal at the Calderon as Barca fell behind to Koke’s fifth-minute volley and were unable to turn around the 2-1 aggregate scoreline.

Apr 9, 2014

Soccer-Simeone triumphs in tactical battle with Martino

MADRID, April 9 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone got his tactics spot on in the battle with Barcelona counterpart and Argentine compatriot Gerardo Martino as his unfancied side dumped their wealthier rivals out of Europe on Wednesday.

Barca were unable to cope with a fired-up Atletico in the opening 20 minutes of the Champions League quarter-final, second leg at the Calderon, when Koke scored the only goal of the game in the fifth minute to secure a 2-1 aggregate success.

Apr 9, 2014

Atletico stun Barca and claim last-four berth

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid hit new heights in their incredible season when Koke’s goal secured a 2-1 aggregate success against Barcelona on Wednesday that put Atletico into the last four of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in 40 years.

The stunning 1-0 victory at an electric Calderon stadium followed last week’s 1-1 draw in Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg and denied Barca a record-extending seventh consecutive appearance in the last four.