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Mar 4, 2014

Soccer-Spanish forwards face tough task to make World Cup

MADRID, March 4 (Reuters) – Fernando Llorente and fellow centre forwards like Fernando Torres and David Villa will find it tough to make Spain’s World Cup squad due to the intense competition for places, coach Vicente del Bosque said on Tuesday.

Llorente has been on good form for Juventus in recent months but like Torres and Villa was overlooked for the world and European champions’ friendly against Italy in Madrid on Wednesday, their last match before Del Bosque has to name a preliminary 30-man squad for the finals in Brazil.

Mar 2, 2014

La Liga race tightens after Madrid derby draw

MADRID (Reuters) – The three-horse race for the La Liga title tightened on Sunday when leaders Real Madrid drew 2-2 at city rivals Atletico and Barcelona won 4-1 at home to Almeria.

Real needed a Cristiano Ronaldo goal eight minutes from time to rescue a point at Atletico’s Calderon stadium in a typically feisty Madrid derby, before Lionel Messi became only the third player to reach 230 La Liga goals in Barca’s victory at the Nou Camp.

Mar 2, 2014

Ronaldo rescues a point for Real in Madrid derby

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to rescue a point for Real Madrid in a 2-2 draw away to city rivals Atletico on Sunday in a typically fiery La Liga derby.

Atletico had fought back to lead 2-1 and were closing in on a first home win against Real in nearly 15 years before Ronaldo pounced on a loose ball and fired into the corner to maintain Real’s three-point advantage over their neighbours at the top.

Mar 2, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo rescues a point for Real in Madrid derby

MADRID, March 2 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck eight minutes from time to rescue a point for Real Madrid in a 2-2 draw away to city rivals Atletico on Sunday in a typically fiery La Liga derby.

Atletico had fought back to lead 2-1 and were closing in on a first home win against Real in nearly 15 years before Ronaldo pounced on a loose ball and fired into the corner to maintain Real’s three-point advantage over their neighbours at the top.

Feb 28, 2014

Costa in Spain squad for Italy friendly

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Atletico Madrid’s Brazil-born forward Diego Costa for the world and European champions’ friendly against Italy on Wednesday and omitted Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

Del Bosque emphasised that there was still time for players who were not selected, including the likes of Torres, Mata, David Villa and Fernando Llorente, to make the squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil starting in June.

Feb 28, 2014

Soccer-Costa in Spain squad for Italy friendly

MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up Atletico Madrid’s Brazil-born forward Diego Costa for the world and European champions’ friendly against Italy on Wednesday and omitted Fernando Torres and Juan Mata.

Del Bosque emphasised that there was still time for players who were not selected, including the likes of Torres, Mata, David Villa and Fernando Llorente, to make the squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil starting in June.

Feb 27, 2014

Real looking to bury Atletico’s title challenge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid can bury Atletico’s hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday (1600 GMT) that would leave the capital’s second club trailing by six points.

Atletico stunned their bitter local rivals 2-1 at Real’s own Bernabeu stadium in last season’s King’s Cup final and followed up with a 1-0 success at the same venue in La Liga at the end of September.

Feb 27, 2014

Real Madrid looking to bury Atletico’s title challenge

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid can bury Atletico’s hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday (1600 GMT) that would leave the capital’s second club trailing by six points.

Atletico stunned their bitter local rivals 2-1 at Real’s own Bernabeu stadium in last season’s King’s Cup final and followed up with a 1-0 success at the same venue in La Liga at the end of September.

Feb 27, 2014

Soccer-Real looking to bury Atletico’s title challenge

MADRID, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Real Madrid can bury Atletico’s hopes of winning La Liga with a third straight victory against their city neighbours on Sunday (1600 GMT) that would leave the capital’s second club trailing by six points.

Atletico stunned their bitter local rivals 2-1 at Real’s own Bernabeu stadium in last season’s King’s Cup final and followed up with a 1-0 success at the same venue in La Liga at the end of September.

Feb 27, 2014

Ancelotti shaping up to deliver Real’s coveted ‘decima’

MADRID (Reuters) – When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez showed Vicente del Bosque the door in 2003 he could scarcely have imagined he would still be chasing a 10th European crown more than a decade later.

During two stints at the helm of the world’s richest club, construction magnate Perez has been through seven coaches since Del Bosque was discarded but in Carlo Ancelotti he may finally have found the man who can secure the “decima” that has eluded Real since their last Champions League triumph in 2002.