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Feb 5, 2014

Real, Barca on course for Cup final showdown

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are on course for a King’s Cup final showdown after Spain’s two dominant teams recorded convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday.

Real thumped holders Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2-1 defeat in last year’s final at the same stadium, while record winners Barca beat 10-man Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Feb 5, 2014

Soccer-Real, Barca on course for Cup final showdown

MADRID, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid are on course for a King’s Cup final showdown after Spain’s two dominant teams recorded convincing home wins in their semi-final first legs on Wednesday.

Real thumped holders Atletico Madrid 3-0 at the Bernabeu, gaining a measure of revenge for the 2-1 defeat in last year’s final at the same stadium, while record winners Barca beat 10-man Real Sociedad 2-0 at the Nou Camp.

Feb 3, 2014

Atletico riding high before Real Cup clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Three points clear at the top of La Liga, a shrewd-looking signing in the bag and soaring optimism among their fans, Atletico Madrid are on could nine ahead of Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final clash against Real.

One of Spanish soccer’s poorer relations, under inspirational coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting a genuine challenge this term to bitter city rivals Real and Barcelona, the world’s two richest clubs by income.

Feb 3, 2014

Soccer-Atletico riding high before Real Cup clash

MADRID, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Three points clear at the top of La Liga, a shrewd-looking signing in the bag and soaring optimism among their fans, Atletico Madrid are on could nine ahead of Wednesday’s King’s Cup semi-final clash against Real.

One of Spanish soccer’s poorer relations, under inspirational coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting a genuine challenge this term to bitter city rivals Real and Barcelona, the world’s two richest clubs by income.

Jan 30, 2014

Farcical Cup tie ended by Santander protest

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – The King’s Cup descended into farce on Thursday when Racing Santander’s players, protesting over unpaid wages, refused to challenge for the ball after their quarter-final second leg at home to Real Sociedad kicked off.

The third-tier team announced on Monday they would boycott the game unless club president Angel Lavin and the board resigned and they formed a line on the centre circle immediately after the match at the Sardinero began.

Jan 30, 2014

Soccer-Farcical Cup tie ended by Santander protest

Jan 30 (Reuters) – The King’s Cup descended into farce on Thursday when Racing Santander’s players, protesting over unpaid wages, refused to challenge for the ball after their quarter-final second leg at home to Real Sociedad kicked off.

The third-tier team announced on Monday they would boycott the game unless club president Angel Lavin and the board resigned and they formed a line on the centre circle immediately after the match at the Sardinero began.

Jan 30, 2014

Real hoping Bilbao do not burst their bubble

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s 11-match unbeaten run has lifted confidence and closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but their form faces a stern test at Athletic Bilbao’s new San Mames stadium on Sunday.

The Basque club, fiercely proud of their heritage and always keen to thwart their detested rivals from the capital, are fourth, largely thanks to their record at home where they have won 11 and drawn two in front of their passionate supporters.

Jan 30, 2014

Soccer-Real hoping Bilbao do not burst their bubble

MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s 11-match unbeaten run has lifted confidence and closed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but their form faces a stern test at Athletic Bilbao’s new San Mames stadium on Sunday.

The Basque club, fiercely proud of their heritage and always keen to thwart their detested rivals from the capital, are fourth, largely thanks to their record at home where they have won 11 and drawn two in front of their passionate supporters.

Jan 29, 2014

Atletico, Barca join Real in Cup semis

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King’s Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year’s final.

Atletico’s battling 2-1 comeback victory in a rain-lashed quarter-final, second leg in the Basque Country, which made it 3-1 on aggregate, was Bilbao’s first reverse at their new San Mames arena and meant Diego Simeone’s side, who are joint top of La Liga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, are still fighting on three fronts.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-Atletico, Barca join Real in Cup semis

MADRID, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King’s Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a last-four clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year’s final.

Atletico’s battling 2-1 comeback victory in a rain-lashed quarter-final, second leg in the Basque Country, which made it 3-1 on aggregate, was Bilbao’s first reverse at their new San Mames arena and meant Diego Simeone’s side, who are joint top of La Liga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League, are still fighting on three fronts.