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Sep 15, 2015

Ronaldo surpasses Messi as Real thump Shakhtar

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo surged three goals clear of Lionel Messi as the all-time Champions League top scorer with a hat-trick in a 4-0 drubbing of 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group A opener on Tuesday.

Portugal captain Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot in the second half and added a header nine minutes from time to take his tally in Europe’s elite club competition to 80 goals, three more than Barcelona forward Messi.

Sep 15, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo surpasses Messi as Real thump Shakhtar

MADRID, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo surged three goals clear of Lionel Messi as the all-time Champions League top scorer with a hat-trick in a 4-0 drubbing of 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group A opener on Tuesday.

Portugal captain Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot in the second half and added a header nine minutes from time to take his tally in Europe’s elite club competition to 80 goals, three more than Barcelona forward Messi.

Sep 13, 2015

Ronaldo back on song for Benitez’s European debut

MADRID (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez will make his Champions League debut as Real Madrid coach at home to Group A rivals Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday safe in the knowledge that record marksman Cristiano Ronaldo is not past it after all.

After Ronaldo failed to score in Real’s opening two La Liga games of the campaign, there were suggestions the 30-year-old, the all-time top scorer in Europe’s elite club competition, might be starting to feel his age.

Sep 13, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo back on song for Benitez’s European debut

MADRID, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez will make his Champions League debut as Real Madrid coach at home to Group A rivals Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday safe in the knowledge that record marksman Cristiano Ronaldo is not past it after all.

After Ronaldo failed to score in Real’s opening two La Liga games of the campaign, there were suggestions the 30-year-old, the all-time top scorer in Europe’s elite club competition, might be starting to feel his age.

Sep 5, 2015

Bale’s Wales exploits puzzling for Real faithful

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid fans watching Gareth Bale driving Wales almost single-handedly to the brink of their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup may be wondering if this is the same man they signed for a record fee two years ago.

The 26-year-old, who joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 100 million euros (£73.5 million), clinched a 1-0 win for Wales over Cyprus in their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Thursday, a towering header not unlike a trademark effort from club team mate and FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sep 5, 2015

Soccer-Bale’s Wales exploits puzzling for Real faithful

MADRID, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Real Madrid fans watching Gareth Bale driving Wales almost single-handedly to the brink of their first major finals since the 1958 World Cup may be wondering if this is the same man they signed for a record fee two years ago.

The 26-year-old, who joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 100 million euros ($111.5 million), clinched a 1-0 win for Wales over Cyprus in their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Thursday, a towering header not unlike a trademark effort from club team mate and FIFA Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo.

Aug 27, 2015

Betis coach Mel fears Real ‘raging bull’

MADRID (Reuters) – Living in one of the main centres of Spain’s bull-fighting culture, Seville natives know a thing or two about dealing with the angry beasts but Real Betis coach Pepe Mel would rather not have to in La Liga on Saturday.

Betis, the second-division champions who are based in the Andalusian capital, play at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium (2030 GMT) after the world’s richest club by income were held to a 0-0 draw at another promoted side, Sporting Gijon, in their opening game of the campaign last weekend.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Betis coach Mel fears Real ‘raging bull’

MADRID, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Living in one of the main centres of Spain’s bull-fighting culture, Seville natives know a thing or two about dealing with the angry beasts but Real Betis coach Pepe Mel would rather not have to in La Liga on Saturday.

Betis, the second-division champions who are based in the Andalusian capital, play at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium (2030 GMT) after the world’s richest club by income were held to a 0-0 draw at another promoted side, Sporting Gijon, in their opening game of the campaign last weekend.

Aug 26, 2015

Rooney runs riot to seal United group stage berth

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus in emphatic style when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-times winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.

As the playoffs for Europe’s elite club competition reached their climax, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov, CSKA Moscow and Astana joined United in securing the final places in Thursday’s draw for the lucrative group stage.

Aug 26, 2015

Soccer-Rooney runs riot to seal United group stage berth

Aug 26 (Reuters) – Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus in emphatic style when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-times winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.

As the playoffs for Europe’s elite club competition reached their climax, Bayer Leverkusen, BATE Borisov, CSKA Moscow and Astana joined United in securing the final places in Thursday’s draw for the lucrative group stage.