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Sep 15, 2014

Preview: Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti banking on experience for Basel tie

MADRID, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is counting on his wealth of experience to help fix the holders’ midfield woes as they prepare to host FC Basel in Tuesday’s Champions League Group B opener at the Bernabeu.

Real’s poor start to their La Liga campaign continued on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 at home by champions Atletico Madrid and the departure of Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria in the close season appears to have disrupted the balance of the team that won a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 15, 2014

Dominant U.S. crush Serbia to win World Cup

MADRID (Reuters) – The United States romped to their fifth basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to overwhelm the tournament’s surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

An athletic U.S. team, missing top NBA players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, finished the tournament in grand style with a 9-0 record to retain the title they won in Istanbul in 2010.

Sep 14, 2014

U.S. rout Serbia to win basketball World Cup

MADRID (Reuters) – The United States retained their basketball World Cup title after overcoming an early deficit to beat the tournament’s surprise package Serbia 129-92 in a one-sided final on Sunday.

An athletic U.S. team, missing top NBA players such as LeBron James and Kevin Durant, finished the tournament in grand style after their captain James Harden inspired an effervescent performance in Madrid’s City Arena.

Sep 14, 2014

Soccer-Valencia and Sevilla maintain solid starts

MADRID, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Valencia and Sevilla continued their impressive starts to the season when Valencia’s new Spain recruit Paco Alcacer set the seal on a 3-1 victory against Espanyol and Sevilla saw off Getafe 2-0 on Sunday.

Forward Alcacer, called up by the European champions for the first time this month, struck with a clinical effort in the 73rd minute after goals from Pablo Piatti and Daniel Parejo had put Valencia well on top at the Mestalla.

Sep 14, 2014

Late tactical ploy pays off for Atletico’s Simeone

MADRID (Reuters) – Despite having to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone got his tactics spot on again as his side claimed another win at city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

Atletico’s 2-1 La Liga victory marked the first time they have won two matches in a row at the Bernabeu stadium and followed their 2-1 aggregate triumph over their crosstown rivals in the season-opening Spanish Super Cup.

Sep 14, 2014

Real beaten by Atletico, Neymar lifts Barca

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, while substitute Neymar struck twice in Barcelona’s 2-0 win against visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

In their last league outing at the end of August, Real let slip a two-goal lead and lost 4-2 at Real Sociedad and it was another disappointing display from the European champions, who have spent heavily to bolster their star-studded squad after winning a 10th continental crown last term.

Sep 13, 2014

Ancelotti struggling to integrate Real’s new arrivals

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s 2-1 home defeat by champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday suggests coach Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of work to do to integrate new arrivals Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Germany midfielder Kroos and Colombia playmaker Rodriguez shone at the World Cup in June and July and big-spending Real snapped them up to replace Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria respectively, two of their most reliable performers.

Sep 13, 2014

Soccer-Late tactical ploy pays off for Atletico’s Simeone

MADRID, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Despite having to watch from the stands due to a touchline ban, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone got his tactics spot on again as his side claimed another win at city rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

Atletico’s 2-1 La Liga victory marked the first time they have won two matches in a row at the Bernabeu stadium and followed their 2-1 aggregate triumph over their crosstown rivals in the season-opening Spanish Super Cup.