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Nov 4, 2014

Real down Liverpool 1-0 to reach knockout round

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare when a Karim Benzema strike secured a 1-0 win in their Group B match at home to a toothless Liverpool on Tuesday.

Benzema clipped a Marcelo cross high into the net from close range in the 27th minute to maintain Real’s perfect record in the pool with 12 points from four games.

Nov 4, 2014

Soccer-Real down Liverpool 1-0 to reach knockout round

MADRID, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare when a Karim Benzema strike secured a 1-0 win in their Group B match at home to a toothless Liverpool on Tuesday.

Benzema clipped a Marcelo cross high into the net from close range in the 27th minute to maintain Real’s perfect record in the pool with 12 points from four games.

Nov 3, 2014

Real Madrid trip can lift Liverpool’s season – Rodgers

MADRID (Reuters) – Liverpool see Tuesday’s Champions League game at holders Real Madrid as a chance to prove their doubters wrong and get their season back on track, said coach Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Beaten 1-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday, a fourth defeat in 10 Premier League games this season, Liverpool will take on a Madrid side that have won their last 11 matches in all competitions including a 3-0 Group B success at Anfield.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Real Madrid trip can lift Liverpool’s season – Rodgers

MADRID, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Liverpool see Tuesday’s Champions League game at holders Real Madrid as a chance to prove their doubters wrong and get their season back on track, said coach Brendan Rodgers and midfielder Jordan Henderson.

Beaten 1-0 at Newcastle United on Saturday, a fourth defeat in 10 Premier League games this season, Liverpool will take on a Madrid side that have won their last 11 matches in all competitions including a 3-0 Group B success at Anfield.

Nov 3, 2014

Bale back for Real for Liverpool visit, Ancelotti says

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s Wales winger Gareth Bale has recovered from a muscle injury and should be available for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match at home to Liverpool, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.

Bale, who scored one goal in nine appearances against Liverpool when he was at Tottenham Hotspur, last played for Real in the 5-0 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao on Oct. 5 but Ancelotti said he was “fine”.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-Bale back for Real for Liverpool visit, Ancelotti says

MADRID, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s Wales winger Gareth Bale has recovered from a muscle injury and should be available for Tuesday’s Champions League Group B match at home to Liverpool, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday.

Bale, who scored one goal in nine appearances against Liverpool when he was at Tottenham Hotspur, last played for Real in the 5-0 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao on Oct. 5 but Ancelotti said he was “fine”.

Nov 2, 2014

Real Madrid top after Barca lose at home

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona followed up last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid with another reverse on Saturday, squandering a host of chances to lose 1-0 at home to Celta Vigo and handing the lead in La Liga to their arch rivals.

Barca forward Neymar hit the crossbar twice and team mate Lionel Messi did likewise once before hesitation in the defence let in Celta forward Joaquin Larrivey to score 10 minutes after halftime at the Nou Camp.

Nov 1, 2014

Rodriguez hits stunner for Real, Atletico also win

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid turned up the heat on their La Liga title rivals with James Rodriguez scoring twice, including a stunning volley, in a 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday.

Champions Atletico Madrid stayed hot on the heels of their neighbours thanks to an Antoine Griezmann double and goals from Mario Mandzukic and Raul Garcia which secured a 4-2 win at home to Cordoba.

Nov 1, 2014

Soccer-Rodriguez hits stunner for Real, Atletico also win

MADRID, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Real Madrid turned up the heat on their La Liga title rivals with James Rodriguez scoring twice, including a stunning volley, in a 4-0 win at Granada on Saturday.

Champions Atletico Madrid stayed hot on the heels of their neighbours thanks to an Antoine Griezmann double and goals from Mario Mandzukic and Raul Garcia which secured a 4-2 win at home to Cordoba.

Oct 30, 2014

Sevilla, Valencia face stiff test of credentials

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid proved last season that with an inspirational coach, a group of committed players and an enthusiastic support, it is possible to get the better of wealthy Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.

Sevilla and Valencia, both sporadically able to keep pace with Real and Barca domestically in the past, have made solid starts to the season under Unai Emery and Nuno Espirito Santo respectively, raising hopes among their long-suffering fans that a genuine title challenge is possible.