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Feb 15, 2014

Messi tops Di Stefano as Barca, Atleti go clear

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi overhauled Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid each won on Saturday to pull three points clear of Real at the top.

Messi struck twice in Barca’s 6-0 thrashing of strugglers Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp to take his total to 228 goals from 263 matches, one more than Di Stefano.

Feb 15, 2014

Soccer-Messi tops Di Stefano as Barca, Atleti go clear

MADRID, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi overhauled Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s La Liga goals tally as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid each won on Saturday to pull three points clear of Real at the top.

Messi struck twice in Barca’s 6-0 thrashing of strugglers Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp to take his total to 228 goals from 263 matches, one more than Di Stefano.

Feb 11, 2014

Ronaldo double sends Real through to Cup final

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at King’s Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 5-0 on aggregate.

Real, who have not conceded a goal in this season’s competition, are likely to meet Barcelona in April’s showpiece as the record winners lead 2-0 against Real Sociedad ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final, second leg in San Sebastian.

Feb 11, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo double sends Real through to Cup final

MADRID, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 2-0 win at King’s Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 5-0 on aggregate.

Real, who have not conceded a goal in this season’s competition, are likely to meet Barcelona in April’s showpiece as the record winners lead 2-0 against Real Sociedad ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final, second leg in San Sebastian.

Feb 10, 2014

Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April’s King’s Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League.

The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 2-0 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semi-final second leg in San Sebastian on Wednesday (2100 GMT).

Feb 10, 2014

Soccer-Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown

MADRID, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April’s King’s Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League.

The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 2-0 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semi-final second leg in San Sebastian on Wednesday (2100 GMT).

Feb 9, 2014

Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to secure a 4-1 comeback win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.

Barca’s defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.

Feb 9, 2014

Soccer-Messi lifts Barcelona back to the top of La Liga

MADRID, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi netted a superb double as Barcelona recovered from a shaky start to secure a 4-1 comeback win at rain-lashed Sevilla on Sunday that lifted the champions back to the top of La Liga.

Barca’s defeat at home to Valencia last weekend meant they surrendered the lead for the first time since the beginning of last season and allowed Atletico Madrid to climb above them into first place.

Feb 9, 2014

Atletico urge unity after second straight defeat

MADRID (Reuters) – They had to wait almost two decades and in the end it only lasted a week – Atletico Madrid’s brief appearance at the top of La Liga, their first since 1996, ended on Saturday when they went down 2-0 at promoted Almeria.

It was a second successive defeat for Diego Simeone’s side following a 3-0 drubbing at Real Madrid in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg and Real, who beat Villarreal 4-2, climbed above Atletico on goal difference ahead of Barcelona’s match at Sevilla later on Sunday.

Feb 9, 2014

Soccer-Atletico urge unity after second straight defeat

MADRID, Feb 9 (Reuters) – They had to wait almost two decades and in the end it only lasted a week – Atletico Madrid’s brief appearance at the top of La Liga, their first since 1996, ended on Saturday when they went down 2-0 at promoted Almeria.

It was a second successive defeat for Diego Simeone’s side following a 3-0 drubbing at Real Madrid in Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final first leg and Real, who beat Villarreal 4-2, climbed above Atletico on goal difference ahead of Barcelona’s match at Sevilla later on Sunday.