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Dec 16, 2013

Olimpic plotting Real upset in King’s Cup

MADRID (Reuters) – Olimpic de Xativa will look to match the stunning giant-killing feats of fellow third-tier sides Alcorcon and Real Union when they play at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu arena in the second leg of the King’s Cup last 32 on Wednesday.

The team from the town of Xativa near Valencia, known as the birthplace of Pope Alexander VI, held Real to a 0-0 draw on their artificial pitch in the first leg on December 7, triggering celebrations by home fans in their 3600-capacity Campo de la Murta stadium.

Dec 16, 2013

Soccer-Olimpic plotting Real upset in King’s Cup

MADRID, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Olimpic de Xativa will look to match the stunning giant-killing feats of fellow third-tier sides Alcorcon and Real Union when they play at Real Madrid’s Bernabeu arena in the second leg of the King’s Cup last 32 on Wednesday.

The team from the town of Xativa near Valencia, known as the birthplace of Pope Alexander VI, held Real to a 0-0 draw on their artificial pitch in the first leg on Dec. 7, triggering celebrations by home fans in their 3600-capacity Campo de la Murta stadium.

Dec 12, 2013

Preview – Barca look to Neymar to revive La Liga fortunes

MADRID (Reuters) – With Lionel Messi not due back from injury until next month, Barcelona will be looking to Neymar to add to Wednesday’s hat-trick against Celtic and help the champions get back to winning ways in La Liga.

Barca needed a convincing Champions League performance against the Scottish side after consecutive defeats to Ajax Amsterdam and Athletic Bilbao and the Brazil forward responded with his first goals in Europe’s elite club competition in a 6-1 romp at the Nou Camp.

Dec 12, 2013

Barca look to Neymar to revive La Liga fortunes

MADRID (Reuters) – With Lionel Messi not due back from injury until next month, Barcelona will be looking to Neymar to add to Wednesday’s hat-trick against Celtic and help the champions get back to winning ways in La Liga.

Barca needed a convincing Champions League performance against the Scottish side after consecutive defeats to Ajax Amsterdam and Athletic Bilbao and the Brazil forward responded with his first goals in Europe’s elite club competition in a 6-1 romp at the Nou Camp.

Dec 12, 2013

Atletico form suggests they are a team to avoid in Europe

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten Champions League group campaign, concluded in style with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday, was more evidence that coach Diego Simeone has moulded his squad into genuine European contenders.

Under the charismatic Argentine, the Spanish side have developed a mean defense and built a highly effective attacking unit around in-form forward Diego Costa and they topped Group G with 16 points from six matches.

Dec 12, 2013

Soccer-Barca look to Neymar to revive La Liga fortunes

MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) – With Lionel Messi not due back from injury until next month, Barcelona will be looking to Neymar to add to Wednesday’s hat-trick against Celtic and help the champions get back to winning ways in La Liga.

Barca needed a convincing Champions League performance against the Scottish side after consecutive defeats to Ajax Amsterdam and Athletic Bilbao and the Brazil forward responded with his first goals in Europe’s elite club competition in a 6-1 romp at the Nou Camp.

Dec 12, 2013

Soccer-Atletico form suggests they are a team to avoid in Europe

MADRID, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid’s unbeaten Champions League group campaign, concluded in style with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday, was more evidence that coach Diego Simeone has moulded his squad into genuine European contenders.

Under the charismatic Argentine, the Spanish side have developed a mean defence and built a highly effective attacking unit around in-form forward Diego Costa and they topped Group G with 16 points from six matches.

Dec 11, 2013

Porto out after defeat at Atletico

MADRID (Reuters) – Porto will have to settle for a place in Europe’s second-tier club competition after their Champions League campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at Group G winners Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-1 at Austria Vienna in the other match in the group but the Russians went through to the last 16 in second place as the first side ever to advance with six points from six matches, one more than Porto.

Dec 11, 2013

Soccer-Porto out after defeat at Atletico

MADRID, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Porto will have to settle for a place in Europe’s second-tier club competition after their Champions League campaign ended with a 2-0 defeat at Group G winners Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-1 at Austria Vienna in the other match in the group but the Russians went through to the last 16 in second place as the first side ever to advance with six points from six matches, one more than Porto.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Leverkusen through after 1-0 win at Sociedad

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday when Oemer Toprak struck in a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in the final round of Group A matches.

The Bundesliga team’s victory lifted them above Shakhtar Donetsk into second place in the group after the Ukrainian side were beaten 1-0 at group winners Manchester United.