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May 14, 2015

Soccer-Barca title charge threatened by players’ strike

MADRID, May 14 (Reuters) – Barcelona find themselves in the bizarre position of knowing they can wrap up a fifth La Liga title in seven years at Atletico Madrid on Sunday but not knowing whether the game will even be played.

The final two matchdays in Spain’s top flight are under threat after the players’ union (AFE) called a strike from May 16 to protest a new law mandating collective bargaining for television rights.

May 14, 2015

Real forwards flop as holders exit Champions League

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros (145 million pounds) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday’s Champions League exit to Juventus.

Ronaldo did manage to score from the penalty spot to give holders Real a 23rd-minute lead in the semi-final, second leg at the Bernabeu but faded out of the match in the second half, while Benzema and especially Bale missed a string of chances.

May 14, 2015

Real Madrid forwards flop as holders exit Champions League

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros ($227.76 million) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday’s Champions League exit to Juventus.

Ronaldo did manage to score from the penalty spot to give holders Real a 23rd-minute lead in the semi-final, second leg at the Bernabeu but faded out of the match in the second half, while Benzema and especially Bale missed a string of chances.

May 14, 2015

Soccer-Real forwards flop as holders exit Champions League

MADRID, May 14 (Reuters) – Real Madrid paid more than 200 million euros ($227.76 million) to assemble their forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but the attacking trio failed them again in Wednesday’s Champions League exit to Juventus.

Ronaldo did manage to score from the penalty spot to give holders Real a 23rd-minute lead in the semi-final, second leg at the Bernabeu but faded out of the match in the second half, while Benzema and especially Bale missed a string of chances.

May 13, 2015

Ancelotti probed on future after Champions League exit

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti fended off questions about his future after the Champions League holders were dumped out in the semi-finals by Juventus 3-2 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Italian Ancelotti, a former Juve coach, led Real to a record-extending 10th European triumph in his first season in charge last year but they now look highly likely to end the campaign without a major trophy.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Ancelotti probed on future after Champions League exit

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti fended off questions about his future after the Champions League holders were dumped out in the semi-finals by Juventus 3-2 on aggregate on Wednesday.

Italian Ancelotti, a former Juve coach, led Real to a record-extending 10th European triumph in his first season in charge last year but they now look highly likely to end the campaign without a major trophy.

May 13, 2015

Morata bittersweet after returning to haunt Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have splashed out millions of euros on forwards in recent years but one of their former youth players, deemed surplus to requirements, shattered their Champions League dream on Wednesday.

Alvaro Morata left Real to join Juventus for around 18 million euros ($20.4 million) in the close season and the Spain international’s second-half equaliser sent the Italian side through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition against Barcelona.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Morata bittersweet after returning to haunt Real

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have splashed out millions of euros on forwards in recent years but one of their former youth players, deemed surplus to requirements, shattered their Champions League dream on Wednesday.

Alvaro Morata left Real to join Juventus for around 18 million euros ($20.4 million) in the close season and the Spain international’s second-half equaliser sent the Italian side through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition against Barcelona.

May 13, 2015

Real reject Morata fires Juve into final

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus shattered Real Madrid’s dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 23rd-minute penalty at the Bernabeu to give Real the upper hand before Morata silenced the home fans when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net off goalkeeper Iker Casillas 12 minutes into the second half.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Real reject Morata fires Juve into final

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Juventus shattered Real Madrid’s dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 23rd-minute penalty at the Bernabeu to give Real the upper hand before Morata silenced the home fans when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net off goalkeeper Iker Casillas 12 minutes into the second half.