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Oct 27, 2013

Atletico thrash Betis to tighten grip on second

MADRID (Reuters) – Teenager Oliver Torres scored one of the fastest La Liga goals and David Villa struck twice as Atletico Madrid stayed hard on the heels of leaders Barcelona with a 5-0 drubbing of struggling Real Betis on Sunday.

Atletico’s thumping victory, their ninth in 10 outings this term, trimmed the gap to Barca back to one point after the champions had pulled four clear thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Real Madrid in Saturday’s ‘Clasico’.

Oct 27, 2013

Soccer-Atletico thrash Betis to tighten grip on second

MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Teenager Oliver Torres scored one of the fastest La Liga goals and David Villa struck twice as Atletico Madrid stayed hard of the heels of leaders Barcelona with a 5-0 drubbing of struggling Real Betis on Sunday.

Atletico’s thumping victory, their ninth in 10 outings this term, trimmed the gap to Barca back to one point after the champions had pulled four clear thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Real Madrid in Saturday’s ‘Clasico’.

Oct 25, 2013

Counter could be key to ‘Clasico’ win, Ancelotti says

MADRID (Reuters) – The swift counter attack could be Real Madrid’s most effective weapon in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at champions Barcelona as it will be hard to boss possession against their arch rivals, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Victory for Real at the Nou Camp would put the Spanish giants level on 25 points from 10 matches and represent Barca’s first reverse this season as well as giving the Real players a significant psychological boost in the title race.

Oct 25, 2013

Soccer-Counter could be key to ‘Clasico’ win, Ancelotti says

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – The swift counter attack could be Real Madrid’s most effective weapon in Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at champions Barcelona as it will be hard to boss possession against their arch rivals, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Victory for Real at the Nou Camp would put the Spanish giants level on 25 points from 10 matches and represent Barca’s first reverse this season as well as giving the Real players a significant psychological boost in the title race.

Oct 24, 2013

La Liga ‘Clasico’ perfect stage for Bale, Neymar

MADRID (Reuters) – The 167th La Liga ‘Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday (4 p.m. London time) could be the ideal stage for Gareth Bale and Neymar to show they are worth a combined price tag of almost 160 million euros (136 million pounds).

Or, as is more likely, one of the most intense rivalries in football and a match watched by hundreds of millions around the world will again showcase the peerless talents of Barca’s Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Real’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Oct 24, 2013

Soccer-La Liga ‘Clasico’ perfect stage for Bale, Neymar

MADRID, Oct 24 (Reuters) – The 167th La Liga ‘Clasico’ between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday (1600 GMT) could be the ideal stage for Gareth Bale and Neymar to show they are worth a combined price tag of almost 160 million euros ($221 million).

Or, as is more likely, one of the most intense rivalries in football and a match watched by hundreds of millions around the world will again showcase the peerless talents of Barca’s Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Real’s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Oct 23, 2013

Rampant Ronaldo rattles double as Real down Juve

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo continued his blistering start to Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign when he struck twice in a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Juventus on Tuesday that put Real firmly in charge of Group B.

The Portuguese forward’s double took his goal tally in Europe’s elite club competition to seven in three appearances this season, his first coming when he rounded Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and finished superbly from a tight angle in the fourth minute at the Bernabeu.

Oct 23, 2013

Soccer-Rampant Ronaldo rattles double as Real down Juve

MADRID, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo continued his blistering start to Real Madrid’s Champions League campaign when he struck twice in a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Juventus on Tuesday that put Real firmly in charge of Group B.

The Portuguese forward’s double took his goal tally in Europe’s elite club competition to seven in three appearances this season, his first coming when he rounded Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and finished superbly from a tight angle in the fourth minute at the Bernabeu.

Oct 23, 2013

No need to panic before ‘Clasico’, Barca insist

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona sought to silence any alarm bells ringing ahead of Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at home to Real Madrid after they stuttered to a draw in their Champions League game at AC Milan on Tuesday.

Barca needed a Lionel Messi equaliser to rescue a point in the 1-1 Group H stalemate at the San Siro and despite hogging possession in customary fashion again looked short on ideas in attack following a frustrating 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday.

Oct 23, 2013

Soccer-No need to panic before ‘Clasico’, Barca insist

MADRID, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Barcelona sought to silence any alarm bells ringing ahead of Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ at home to Real Madrid after they stuttered to a draw in their Champions League game at AC Milan on Tuesday.

Barca needed a Lionel Messi equaliser to rescue a point in the 1-1 Group H stalemate at the San Siro and despite hogging possession in customary fashion again looked short on ideas in attack following a frustrating 0-0 draw at Osasuna on Saturday.