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Apr 13, 2015

Soccer-Valencia pushing Atletico hard in battle for third

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Valencia turned up the heat on Atletico Madrid in the fight for third place in La Liga when a 3-0 derby victory at home to Levante on Monday lifted the Singapore-owned club to within a point of the champions with seven games left.

Paco Alcacer nodded Valencia in front from a Dani Parejo centre in the 16th minute at the Mestalla before Lucas Orban crossed for Sofiane Feghouli to head a second for the home side nine minutes before the break.

Apr 9, 2015

Valencia lose ground in battle for third place

MADRID (Reuters) – Valencia stumbled in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The three clubs are battling it out for both third place and a lucrative automatic berth in the Champions League group stage and fourth, which carries a spot in qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Valencia lose ground in battle for third place

MADRID, April 9 (Reuters) – Valencia stumbled in the battle with Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for third place in La Liga when they conceded a late Aritz Aduriz equaliser in a bad-tempered 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

The three clubs are battling it out for both third place and a lucrative automatic berth in the Champions League group stage and fourth, which carries a spot in qualifying for Europe’s elite club competition.

Apr 9, 2015

Ronaldo reaches 300 goals for Real in Rayo win

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.

Fresh from thrashing Granada 9-1, when Ronaldo hit five, the European champions needed a win at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium after Barca strolled to a 4-0 home victory over Almeria to open a seven-point advantage over their arch-rivals.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo reaches 300 goals for Real in Rayo win

MADRID, April 8 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo headed his 300th goal for Real Madrid in a laboured 2-0 La Liga victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday that kept the gap on leaders Barcelona down to four points.

Fresh from thrashing Granada 9-1, when Ronaldo hit five, the European champions needed a win at Rayo’s Vallecas stadium after Barca strolled to a 4-0 home victory over Almeria to open a seven-point advantage over their arch-rivals.

Apr 9, 2015

Emery-inspired Sevilla well set for Barca visit

MADRID (Reuters) – Sevilla coach Unai Emery is one of the more eccentric characters in La Liga but the Andalusian club’s success this season suggests there is plenty of method in the Basque-born 43-year-old’s apparent madness.

Prowling the touchline during games, Emery’s frantic arm gestures, wild eyes and bellowed commands clearly inspire his players rather than distract them.

Apr 9, 2015

Soccer-Emery-inspired Sevilla well set for Barca visit

MADRID, April 9 (Reuters) – Sevilla coach Unai Emery is one of the more eccentric characters in La Liga but the Andalusian club’s success this season suggests there is plenty of method in the Basque-born 43-year-old’s apparent madness.

Prowling the touchline during games, Emery’s frantic arm gestures, wild eyes and bellowed commands clearly inspire his players rather than distract them.

Apr 8, 2015

Treble-chasing Barca riding high before crucial run

MADRID (Reuters) – Fired by the goals of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, treble-chasing Barcelona are riding high before four games over 10 days that could make or break coach Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

Wednesday’s 4-0 La Liga victory over Almeria, which maintained their four-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top, was a more than satisfactory warm-up for Saturday’s game at fifth-placed Sevilla.

Apr 8, 2015

Soccer-Treble-chasing Barca riding high before crucial run

MADRID, April 8 (Reuters) – Fired by the goals of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, treble-chasing Barcelona are riding high before four games over 10 days that could make or break coach Luis Enrique’s first season in charge.

Wednesday’s 4-0 La Liga victory over Almeria, which maintained their four-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top, was a more than satisfactory warm-up for Saturday’s game at fifth-placed Sevilla.

Apr 8, 2015

Suarez propels Barca seven points clear of Real

MADRID (Reuters) – In-form Luis Suarez struck twice to help fire La Liga leaders Barcelona to a 4-0 home victory over struggling Almeria on Wednesday that stretched their advantage over second-placed Real Madrid to seven points.

Barca seized control at the Nou Camp before Lionel Messi, who had not scored in three matches since his double against Eibar three weeks ago, skipped in from the right wing in the 33rd minute and whipped a left-foot effort inside the far post.