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Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Simeone confident of third despite La Liga stumble

MADRID, March 14 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid remain confident of finishing third in La Liga and securing a Champions League spot for next season despite being overtaken by Valencia, thanks to Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate at Espanyol, coach Diego Simeone said.

The draw for the champions in Barcelona was Atletico’s fourth straight game without a win and they have failed to score in three consecutive away games in La Liga for the first time since Simeone took over at the end of 2011.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Barca march four points clear at the top

MADRID, March 14 (Reuters) – Barcelona will be ahead of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga when they host their arch rivals in next weekend’s ‘Clasico’ after Lionel Messi struck twice in a 2-0 win at Eibar on Saturday.

Barca leapfrogged stuttering Real, who host Levante on Sunday, as they produced another dominant performance to move on to 65 points with 11 games left.

Mar 12, 2015

Bale’s Spanish adventure turning sour at Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Gareth Bale may have been warned by his new employers about how fickle the Real Madrid fans can be when he signed for the Spanish giants for a world record fee in 2013.

Just how fickle is now painfully clear to the Wales winger, who has become a target for supporters angry with Real’s recent slump and has been whistled along with captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas in recent outings at the Bernabeu.

Mar 12, 2015

Soccer-Bale’s Spanish adventure turning sour at Real

MADRID, March 12 (Reuters) – Gareth Bale may have been warned by his new employers about how fickle the Real Madrid fans can be when he signed for the Spanish giants for a world record fee in 2013.

Just how fickle is now painfully clear to the Wales winger, who has become a target for supporters angry with Real’s recent slump and has been whistled along with captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas in recent outings at the Bernabeu.

Mar 11, 2015

Barca’s ‘MNS’ is better than Real’s ‘BBC’, says Neymar

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Neymar reckons the club’s forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid’s attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best.

On recent form, Barca’s South Americans, known in Spain as ‘MNS’, have the edge over Real’s European strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, dubbed ‘BBC’.

Mar 11, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s ‘MNS’ is better than Real’s ‘BBC’, says Neymar

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Neymar reckons the club’s forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid’s attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best.

On recent form, Barca’s South Americans, known in Spain as ‘MNS’, have the edge over Real’s European strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, dubbed ‘BBC’.

Mar 11, 2015

Angry Ronaldo’s record overshadowed by poor Real showing

MADRID (Reuters) – Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.

Television cameras captured a grim-looking Ronaldo shaking his head and apparently mouthing “disgrace” to Karim Benzema shortly before the end of Real’s 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, the holders squeaking through to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

Mar 11, 2015

Soccer-Angry Ronaldo’s record overshadowed by poor Real showing

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.

Television cameras captured a grim-looking Ronaldo shaking his head and apparently mouthing “disgrace” to Karim Benzema shortly before the end of Real’s 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, the holders squeaking through to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

Mar 10, 2015

Di Matteo left wondering how four-goal Schalke are out

MADRID (Reuters) – Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo was finding it hard to take in how his team managed to score four goals at Real Madrid on Tuesday but still failed to get past the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Schalke produced one of the best performances of the season to claim a 4-3 victory at the Bernabeu but were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate after losing last month’s last 16, first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-Di Matteo left wondering how four-goal Schalke are out

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo was finding it hard to take in how his team managed to score four goals at Real Madrid on Tuesday but still failed to get past the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Schalke produced one of the best performances of the season to claim a 4-3 victory at the Bernabeu but were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate after losing last month’s last 16, first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.