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May 13, 2015

Barca’s ‘MSN’ attacking trio in unstoppable form

MADRID (Reuters) – Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal. Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal.

That devastating and increasingly familiar combination served up by Barcelona’s attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fired the Catalan giants past Bayern Munich into the Champions League final on Tuesday.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s ‘MSN’ attacking trio in unstoppable form

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal. Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal.

That devastating and increasingly familiar combination served up by Barcelona’s attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fired the Catalan giants past Bayern Munich into the Champions League final on Tuesday.

May 12, 2015

Pogba could start for Juventus at Real after injury

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba could start Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid after returning from injury at the weekend, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old France international, who scored for the Italian champions in Saturday’s Serie A 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari after almost two months out with a thigh injury, could be key to Juve’s chances of exerting control in the central areas at the Bernabeu.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Pogba could start for Juventus at Real after injury

MADRID, May 12 (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba could start Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid after returning from injury at the weekend, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old France international, who scored for the Italian champions in Saturday’s Serie A 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari after almost two months out with a thigh injury, could be key to Juve’s chances of exerting control in the central areas at the Bernabeu.

May 12, 2015

Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for suggesting the Wales winger’s team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.

Bale’s disappointing second season in Spain hit a new low with a poor performance for the holders in last week’ Champions League defeat at Juventus and he again failed to spark in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at home to Valencia.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent

MADRID, May 12 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for suggesting the Wales winger’s team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.

Bale’s disappointing second season in Spain hit a new low with a poor performance for the holders in last week’ Champions League defeat at Juventus and he again failed to spark in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at home to Valencia.

May 12, 2015

Preview: Fiorentina chasing improbable Europa comeback

MADRID (Reuters) – Fiorentina must pull off a feat that has only been achieved once before if they are to get past Sevilla into the final of the Europa League when the holders visit the Tuscan capital on Thursday.

Florence-based Fiorentina were thumped 3-0 by the Andalusian club in their semi-final, first leg in Seville last week and will have to match another Spanish side, Valencia, if they are to make the showpiece in Warsaw on May 27.

May 12, 2015

Fiorentina chasing improbable Europa comeback

MADRID (Reuters) – Fiorentina must pull off a feat that has only been achieved once before if they are to get past Sevilla into the final of the Europa League when the holders visit the Tuscan capital on Thursday.

Florence-based Fiorentina were thumped 3-0 by the Andalusian club in their semi-final, first leg in Seville last week and will have to match another Spanish side, Valencia, if they are to make the showpiece in Warsaw on May 27.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Fiorentina chasing improbable Europa comeback

MADRID, May 12 (Reuters) – Fiorentina must pull off a feat that has only been achieved once before if they are to get past Sevilla into the final of the Europa League when the holders visit the Tuscan capital on Thursday.

Florence-based Fiorentina were thumped 3-0 by the Andalusian club in their semi-final, first leg in Seville last week and will have to match another Spanish side, Valencia, if they are to make the showpiece in Warsaw on May 27.

May 12, 2015

Real staring down the barrel before Juve clash

MADRID (Reuters) – Stuttering holders Real Madrid could see their last chance of silverware slip away if they are unable to overturn a 2-1 deficit in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at home to Juventus.

Ending the season without winning the Champions League, the La Liga title or the Spanish Cup would be a disaster for the world’s richest club by income but such a scenario is a real possibility for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.