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Nov 5, 2013

Soccer-Barca missing Messi mojo before Milan clash

MADRID, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has set the bar so high for himself that when he does not score for a few games it prompts an outburst of speculation and head-scratching about what might be ailing the Argentine World Player of the Year.

That is the situation Messi’s club Barcelona find themselves in as they prepare to host AC Milan in Champions League Group H on Wednesday.

Nov 4, 2013

Van Persie, Rooney hit form before Sociedad clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Manchester United’s hopes of silverware this season will likely rest on the shoulders of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and manager David Moyes believes the attacking pair are starting to move into top gear.

The Dutchman and the Englishman scored in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham as the champions put a slow start to their domestic campaign behind them and gave themselves a lift before Tuesday’s Champions League Group A clash at Real Sociedad.

Nov 4, 2013

Soccer-Van Persie, Rooney hit form before Sociedad clash

MADRID, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s hopes of silverware this season will likely rest on the shoulders of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney and manager David Moyes believes the attacking pair are starting to move into top gear.

The Dutchman and the Englishman scored in Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Fulham as the champions put a slow start to their domestic campaign behind them and gave themselves a lift before Tuesday’s Champions League Group A clash at Real Sociedad.

Nov 3, 2013

Atletico flaunt title credentials with Bilbao win

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s challenge to the domestic dominance of wealthy Barcelona and Real Madrid showed no sign of flagging when David Villa and Diego Costa struck in a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The victory at a festive Calderon, Atletico’s 11th in 12 matches this season, trimmed the gap to unbeaten leaders Barca back to one point and restored their five-point advantage over city rivals Real in third.

Nov 3, 2013

Atletico underline title credentials with Bilbao win

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s challenge to heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid showed no sign of flagging when goals from David Villa and Diego Costa secured a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The victory at a festive Calderon, Atletico’s 11th in 12 matches this season, trimmed the gap to unbeaten leaders Barca back to one point and restored their five-point advantage over city rivals Real in third.

Nov 3, 2013

Soccer-Atletico underline title credentials with Bilbao win

MADRID, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s challenge to heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid showed no sign of flagging when goals from David Villa and Diego Costa secured a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Sunday.

The victory at a festive Calderon, Atletico’s 11th in 12 matches this season, trimmed the gap to unbeaten leaders Barca back to one point and restored their five-point advantage over city rivals Real in third.

Nov 2, 2013

Below-par Real hold on to beat valiant Rayo

MADRID (Reuters) – Unconvincing Real Madrid survived a huge scare against bottom side Rayo Vallecano when they conceded two second-half penalties but held on to secure a nervy 3-2 victory in La Liga on Saturday.

Real were flying when a Cristiano Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema put them 3-0 ahead shortly after halftime at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium in the Madrid suburbs.

Nov 2, 2013

Soccer-Below-par Real hold on to beat valiant Rayo

MADRID, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Unconvincing Real Madrid survived a huge scare against bottom side Rayo Vallecano when they conceded two second-half penalties but held on to secure a nervy 3-2 victory in La Liga on Saturday.

Real were flying when a Cristiano Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema put them 3-0 ahead shortly after halftime at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium in the Madrid suburbs.

Nov 1, 2013

Messi draws another blank but Barca win derby

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona extended their near-perfect start to the season when Alexis Sanchez tapped in at the far post from Neymar’s clever assist to secure a 1-0 win at home to city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Friday.

The biggest surprise of the night was that Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi failed to score for a fourth straight league match in which he played the full 90 minutes, the Argentina forward’s worst run in almost six years.

Nov 1, 2013

Soccer-Messi draws another blank but Barca win derby

MADRID, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Barcelona extended their near-perfect start to the season when Alexis Sanchez tapped in at the far post from Neymar’s clever assist to secure a 1-0 win at home to city rivals Espanyol in La Liga on Friday.

The biggest surprise of the night was that Barca’s World Player of the Year Lionel Messi failed to score for a fourth straight league match in which he played the full 90 minutes, the Argentina forward’s worst run in almost six years.