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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.

Sep 13, 2014

Soccer-Ancelotti struggling to integrate Real’s new arrivals

MADRID, Sept 13 (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-Real beaten by Atletico, Neymar lifts Barca

MADRID, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s early-season woes deepened when they lost 2-1 at home to La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Saturday, while substitute Neymar struck twice in Barcelona’s 2-0 win against visiting Athletic Bilbao.

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

Sep 6, 2014

Soccer-Misfiring Spain begin Euro defence against Macedonia

MADRID, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Coach Vicente del Bosque must cope with the absence of first-choice striker Diego Costa and try to reverse Spain’s recent inability to find the net when they host Macedonia in Monday’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

Costa, who played 66 minutes of Thursday’s 1-0 friendly defeat to France, was forced to abandon the European champions’ squad on Friday with a thigh injury and Del Bosque sprung a surprise by replacing the Chelsea forward with Barcelona teenager Munir el Haddadi.

Jul 7, 2014

Ozil, Khedira: friends off the pitch, very different on it

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Firm friends and former team mates at Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira make starkly contrasting contributions to a Germany side through to face Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

Ozil is perhaps Germany’s most gifted ball player, blessed with superb vision and technique and a keen eye for goal, but he is also one of their most frustrating performers who has a habit of drifting away from the action.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Ozil, Khedira: friends off the pitch, very different on it

July 7 (Reuters) – Firm friends and former team mates at Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira make starkly contrasting contributions to a Germany side through to face Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday.

Ozil is perhaps Germany’s most gifted ball player, blessed with superb vision and technique and a keen eye for goal, but he is also one of their most frustrating performers who has a habit of drifting away from the action.