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Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Goal machine Messi leaves La Liga greats trailing

MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – If anyone had suggested when a callow teenager called Lionel Messi netted his debut La Liga goal for Barcelona in May 2005 he would equal Telmo Zarra’s Spanish top-flight scoring record within a decade they would have been dismissed.

Yet that is what the pint-sized 27-year-old Argentine achieved when he scored from a free kick in the 21st minute of Saturday’s game at home to Sevilla to match Zarra’s haul of 251 goals over 15 seasons for Athletic Bilbao in the 1940s and 50s.

Nov 22, 2014

Ronaldo grabs double as Real overwhelm Eibar

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to a jaw-dropping 20 in 11 La Liga appearances as leaders Real Madrid subdued plucky top-flight debutants Eibar 4-0 on Saturday.

James Rodriguez nodded the visitors in front in the 23rd minute at the tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, before Ronaldo’s scuffed shot made it 2-0 two minutes before the break.

Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo grabs double as Real overwhelm Eibar

MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to take his goal tally for the season to a jaw-dropping 20 in 11 La Liga appearances as leaders Real Madrid subdued plucky top-flight debutants Eibar 4-0 on Saturday.

James Rodriguez nodded the visitors in front in the 23rd minute at the tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, before Ronaldo’s scuffed shot made it 2-0 two minutes before the break.

Nov 20, 2014

Modric injury gives Ancelotti Real midfield poser

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma following an injury to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric when the leaders return to La Liga action after the international break at promoted Eibar on Saturday.

Modric is likely to be out until at least January and replacing him with Spain playmaker Isco, who has been on fine form for club and country, would add creativity in attack but might leave the defence exposed.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Modric injury gives Ancelotti Real midfield poser

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces a dilemma following an injury to Croatia midfielder Luka Modric when the leaders return to La Liga action after the international break at promoted Eibar on Saturday.

Modric is likely to be out until at least January and replacing him with Spain playmaker Isco, who has been on fine form for club and country, would add creativity in attack but might leave the defence exposed.

Nov 19, 2014

Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Spain relieved ‘annus horribilis’ is finally over

MADRID, Nov 19 (Reuters) – At the start of 2014, Vicente del Bosque’s Spain were serious contenders to become only the third nation after Italy and Brazil to successfully defend their World Cup title.

Thus it was fitting that what turned out to be an “annus horribilis” for ‘La Roja’, marking the demise of a side that had swept all before them over the previous six years, ended with defeat to freshly-crowned world champions Germany.

Nov 16, 2014

‘Spain’s Messiah’ Isco keeping feet on the ground

MADRID (Reuters) – Isco woke up on Sunday morning to newspaper headlines declaring him “the messiah Spain has been waiting for to revive past glories” but the gifted midfielder appears to have his feet firmly on the ground.

The 22-year-old was widely feted after netting a brilliant goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Belarus in Euro 2016 qualification Group C, following up on an excellent run of form with his club Real Madrid.

Nov 16, 2014

Soccer-’Spain’s Messiah’ Isco keeping feet on the ground

MADRID, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Isco woke up on Sunday morning to newspaper headlines declaring him “the messiah Spain has been waiting for to revive past glories” but the gifted midfielder appears to have his feet firmly on the ground.

The 22-year-old was widely feted after netting a brilliant goal in Saturday’s 3-0 win at home to Belarus in Euro 2016 qualification Group C, following up on an excellent run of form with his club Real Madrid.

Nov 16, 2014

Preview – Contrasting goals in Spain-Germany friendly

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain and Germany will have different objectives when they play a friendly in Vigo on Tuesday in the first meeting between the European heavyweights since Spain’s 1-0 win in the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

Vicente del Bosque’s new-look side will want to show they have put their failed title defence at the 2014 World Cup firmly behind them and some fresh faces coming through will be keen to impress.