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Apr 6, 2015

Ronaldo hits five, Barca eke out win at Celta

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit his quickest hat-trick on the way to netting his first five-goal haul in a 9-1 drubbing of Granada on Sunday but there was no change at the top of La Liga as leaders Barcelona edged a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo.

Portugal captain Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes in the first half and added two headers after the break on a festive, sun-drenched afternoon at the Bernabeu to help fire Real to their biggest victory in almost half a century.

Apr 5, 2015

Ronaldo hits five as Real crush Granada 9-1

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in a 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday that lifted Real to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Portugal forward Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes in the first half and added two headers after the break on a festive, sun-drenched afternoon at the Bernabeu to help fire Real to their biggest victory in almost half a century.

Apr 5, 2015

Soccer-Ronaldo hits five as Real crush Granada 9-1

MADRID, April 5 (Reuters) – Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo struck the quickest hat-trick of his career on his way to netting five goals in a 9-1 drubbing of second-from-bottom Granada on Sunday that lifted Real to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Portugal forward Ronaldo struck three times in eight minutes in the first half and added two headers after the break on a festive, sun-drenched afternoon at the Bernabeu to help fire Real to their biggest victory in almost half a century.

Apr 4, 2015

Atletico leapfrog Valencia in battle for third

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on Valencia in the battle for La Liga’s third automatic Champions League berth when club top scorer Antoine Griezmann set them on the way to a 2-0 stroll at bottom side Cordoba on Saturday.

The victory for the champions at Cordoba’s El Arcangel stadium in balmy Andalucia lifted Atletico above Valencia and onto 62 points from 29 matches. Valencia have 60 points in fourth and can reclaim third spot with a win at home to sixth-placed Villarreal on Sunday.

Apr 4, 2015

Soccer-Atletico leapfrog Valencia in battle for third

MADRID, April 4 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid turned up the heat on Valencia in the battle for La Liga’s third automatic Champions League berth when club top scorer Antoine Griezmann set them on the way to a 2-0 stroll at bottom side Cordoba on Saturday.

The victory for the champions at Cordoba’s El Arcangel stadium in balmy Andalucia lifted Atletico above Valencia and onto 62 points from 29 matches. Valencia have 60 points in fourth and can reclaim third spot with a win at home to sixth-placed Villarreal on Sunday.

Apr 2, 2015

Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 2, 2015

Preview – Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 2, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s Luis Enrique riding high on Celta return

MADRID, April 2 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique returns to Celta Vigo’s Balaidos stadium on Sunday looking to consolidate a four-point advantage at the top of La Liga against the team he led successfully last season before taking over at the Nou Camp.

Following a three-year stint in charge of Barca’s B team, Luis Enrique’s management career stumbled at AS Roma in 2011-12 before he won plaudits for inspiring modest Celta to a ninth-placed finish in Spain’s top flight last term.

Apr 1, 2015

Spain not worried by friendly reverse to Netherlands

MADRID (Reuters) – Although Spain’s 2-0 reverse to Netherlands on Tuesday brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.

Netherlands, whose 5-1 drubbing of Spain in the group stage in Brazil last year marked the end of the Iberian nation’s six-year domination of the world game, scored two early goals at the Amsterdam arena and held on against some determined Spain pressure in the second half for a 2-0 success.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-Spain not worried by friendly reverse to Netherlands

MADRID, April 1 (Reuters) – Although Spain’s 2-0 reverse to Netherlands on Tuesday brought back bitter memories of their disastrous 2014 World Cup, coach Vicente del Bosque will not be too worried about a third straight friendly defeat for La Roja.

Netherlands, whose 5-1 drubbing of Spain in the group stage in Brazil last year marked the end of the Iberian nation’s six-year domination of the world game, scored two early goals at the Amsterdam arena and held on against some determined Spain pressure in the second half for a 2-0 success.