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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.

Mar 11, 2014

Kun the potential key to City’s salvation

MADRID (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero has a proven scoring record against Barcelona and the Manchester City forward may have a crucial role to play if his side are to upset the odds and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

City trail 2-0 ahead of Wednesday’s last 16, second leg at the Nou Camp, a Lionel Messi penalty and a late Daniel Alves goal in Manchester last month putting the Spanish champions on the brink of their seventh consecutive appearance in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Kun the potential key to City’s salvation

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero has a proven scoring record against Barcelona and the Manchester City forward may have a crucial role to play if his side are to upset the odds and reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

City trail 2-0 ahead of Wednesday’s last 16, second leg at the Nou Camp, a Lionel Messi penalty and a late Daniel Alves goal in Manchester last month putting the Spanish champions on the brink of their seventh consecutive appearance in the last eight of Europe’s elite club competition.

Mar 10, 2014

Predator Villa waiting in the wings for Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – David Villa has been unable to rediscover his consistency since he broke his leg in late 2011 but Spain’s record scorer could still be crucial to Atletico Madrid’s hopes of Champions League success this season.

The 32-year-old Asturian, who has played second fiddle to Atletico’s Brazil-born forward Diego Costa for most of the season, showed with a La Liga double at Celta Vigo on Saturday he still has the positional sense and predatory instinct that helped him score 56 goals in 95 appearances for the world and European champions.

Mar 10, 2014

Real punish Barca defeat by storming clear

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona’s shock defeat at Real Valladolid with a 3-0 home win over 10-man Levante on Sunday that put Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form side three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in Spain this season, took his tally to 24 league goals when he headed the opener from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 11th minute and Marcelo added a second from Ronaldo’s assist four minutes after the break.

Mar 10, 2014

Soccer-Predator Villa waiting in the wings for Atletico

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – David Villa has been unable to rediscover his consistency since he broke his leg in late 2011 but Spain’s record scorer could still be crucial to Atletico Madrid’s hopes of Champions League success this season.

The 32-year-old Asturian, who has played second fiddle to Atletico’s Brazil-born forward Diego Costa for most of the season, showed with a La Liga double at Celta Vigo on Saturday he still has the positional sense and predatory instinct that helped him score 56 goals in 95 appearances for the world and European champions.

Mar 9, 2014

Real punish Barca stumble to go clear at the top

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona’s shock loss at Real Valladolid with a 3-0 home win over 10-man Levante on Sunday that put Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form side three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in Spain this season, took his tally to 24 goals when he headed the opener from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 11th minute and Marcelo added a second from Ronaldo’s assist four minutes after the break.

Mar 9, 2014

Soccer-Real punish Barca stumble to go clear at the top

MADRID, March 9 (Reuters) – Real Madrid took full advantage of Barcelona’s shock loss at Real Valladolid with a 3-0 home win over 10-man Levante on Sunday that put Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form side three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the leading scorer in Spain this season, took his tally to 24 goals when he headed the opener from Angel Di Maria’s corner in the 11th minute and Marcelo added a second from Ronaldo’s assist four minutes after the break.