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Feb 23, 2014

Shock Atletico defeat leaves Real Madrid clear

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.

Champions Barcelona and Real were held to draws at Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium earlier in the season and Atletico fell behind in the sixth minute when Alvaro Cejudo arrived unmarked at the back post to volley a corner into the net.

Feb 23, 2014

Soccer-Shock Atletico defeat leaves Real Madrid clear

MADRID, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s La Liga title challenge took a nosedive when they slumped to a shock 3-0 defeat at Osasuna on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid three points clear at the top.

Champions Barcelona and Real were held to draws at Osasuna’s El Sadar stadium earlier in the season and Atletico fell behind in the sixth minute when Alvaro Cejudo arrived unmarked at the back post to volley a corner into the net.

Feb 23, 2014

Martino admits errors after Barca surrender La Liga lead

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted resting key players was a mistake after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday that allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top.

Martino left playmakers Xavi and Cesc Fabregas out of his starting lineup for the match against fifth-placed Sociedad in San Sebastian and deployed defensive midfielders Sergio Busquets and Alex Song in the centre.

Feb 23, 2014

Soccer-Martino admits errors after Barca surrender La Liga lead

MADRID, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted resting key players was a mistake after the champions crashed to a 3-1 defeat at Real Sociedad on Saturday that allowed Real Madrid to pull three points clear at the top.

Martino left playmakers Xavi and Cesc Fabregas out of his starting lineup for the match against fifth-placed Sociedad in San Sebastian and deployed defensive midfielders Sergio Busquets and Alex Song in the centre.

Feb 20, 2014

Barca, Atletico on a high after European success

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid wobbled in recent weeks but will be brimming with confidence when they return to La Liga action this weekend after rousing performances in the Champions League.

Barca, who won 2-0 at English Premier League side Manchester City and Atletico, who beat Italian club AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, are tied on 60 points with Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s domestic league with 14 matches remaining.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Barca, Atletico on a high after European success

MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid wobbled in recent weeks but will be brimming with confidence when they return to La Liga action this weekend after rousing performances in the Champions League.

Barca, who won 2-0 at English Premier League side Manchester City and Atletico, who beat Italian club AC Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, are tied on 60 points with Real Madrid at the top of Spain’s domestic league with 14 matches remaining.

Feb 20, 2014

Brazilian-Belgian duo driving Atletico’s title hunt

MADRID (Reuters) – A combative Brazil-born forward who could play a key role for Spain at the World Cup and a lanky Belgian goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea inspired Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 Champions League win at AC Milan on Wednesday.

Diego Costa stole the headlines after his magnificent leap and bullet header in the 83rd minute of the last 16 first leg at the San Siro but it was Thibaut Courtois who rescued Atletico midway through the first half when he flung himself full length and tipped an Andrea Poli header onto the post.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Brazilian-Belgian duo driving Atletico’s title hunt

MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) – A combative Brazil-born forward who could play a key role for Spain at the World Cup and a lanky Belgian goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea inspired Atletico Madrid to a 1-0 Champions League win at AC Milan on Wednesday.

Diego Costa stole the headlines after his magnificent leap and bullet header in the 83rd minute of the last 16 first leg at the San Siro but it was Thibaut Courtois who rescued Atletico midway through the first half when he flung himself full length and tipped an Andrea Poli header onto the post.

Feb 18, 2014

Preview – Decorated debutant Seedorf looking to lift Milan

MADRID (Reuters) – Clarence Seedorf will need to tap into all the experience he gained as the only player to win the Champions League with three different clubs if his AC Milan side are to get past Atletico Madrid into the quarter-finals.

Milan host the Spanish club, who are riding high in La Liga, for their last 16, first leg on Wednesday, when Seedorf will make his coaching debut in Europe’s elite club competition after taking over last month from Massimiliano Allegri.

Feb 18, 2014

Decorated debutant Seedorf looking to lift Milan

MADRID (Reuters) – Clarence Seedorf will need to tap into all the experience he gained as the only player to win the Champions League with three different clubs if his AC Milan side are to get past Atletico Madrid into the quarter-finals.

Milan host the Spanish club, who are riding high in La Liga, for their last 16, first leg on Wednesday, when Seedorf will make his coaching debut in Europe’s elite club competition after taking over last month from Massimiliano Allegri.