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Oct 25, 2014

‘Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-’Bittersweet’ return for Suarez in La Liga ‘Clasico’

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said he was delighted to be back playing competitively after a four-month ban for biting but that Saturday’s La Liga defeat at Real Madrid had left him with “bittersweet” emotions.

The Uruguay international, who joined Barca from Liverpool in the close season, was included in the starting lineup for the ‘Clasico’ at the Bernabeu and although he looked sharp and hungry he failed to open his account for the Catalan club as they fell 3-1 to their arch rivals.

Oct 25, 2014

Real fight back to take ‘Clasico’ spoils

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.

Oct 25, 2014

Soccer-Real fight back to take ‘Clasico’ spoils

MADRID, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona’s lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from conceding an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the ‘Clasico’ on Saturday.

Neymar stunned a packed and hostile Bernabeu with a superb goal to give Barca a fourth-minute lead before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled with a penalty in the 35th, the first goal the Catalan side had conceded in nine league outings this term.

Oct 23, 2014

Real, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

MADRID (Reuters) – Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly controversy.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Real, Barcelona set for titanic ‘Clasico’ battle

MADRID, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona are rarely short on drama and Saturday’s La Liga ‘Clasico’ may have more than its usual share with Luis Suarez poised to return from a biting ban and Barca team mate Lionel Messi on the brink of equalling the top-flight scoring record.

Watched by millions around the world, meetings between the European heavyweights have, over the years, showcased the spectacular talents of the game’s best, while occasionally being marred by ugly controversy.

Oct 16, 2014

Preview – Messi eyes fresh opportunity for La Liga goals record

MADRID (Reuters) – Lionel Messi will have another chance to match or surpass Telmo Zarra’s six-decade-old La Liga scoring record of 251 goals when Barcelona host promoted Eibar on Saturday.

The Argentina captain and four-times World Player of the Year has netted 249 times in the Spanish top flight since he played his first match exactly 10 years ago on a Thursday aged 17.

Oct 10, 2014

Wounded holders Spain in need of Luxembourg tonic

MADRID (Reuters) – A convincing win for Spain away to Luxembourg on Sunday will help put them back on track in Euro 2016 qualifying but anything less will add to the sense of gloom hanging over the European champions.

After a dismal defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil and a friendly defeat to France in Paris last month, Spain’s bid to rebuild as they seek a third straight continental title was rudely interrupted by Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Slovakia in Zilina.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Wounded holders Spain in need of Luxembourg tonic

MADRID, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A convincing win for Spain away to Luxembourg on Sunday will help put them back on track in Euro 2016 qualifying but anything less will add to the sense of gloom hanging over the European champions.

After a dismal defence of their World Cup crown in Brazil and a friendly defeat to France in Paris last month, Spain’s bid to rebuild as they seek a third straight continental title was rudely interrupted by Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat against Slovakia in Zilina.

Oct 2, 2014

Barca need a new Puyol to fix leaky defence

MADRID (Reuters) – Friday marks 15 years since Carles Puyol made his debut for Barcelona and coach Luis Enrique might be wishing he had someone of the calibre of the shaggy-haired former defender still in his ranks.

Puyol, who retired aged 36 at the end of last season after battling a series of injuries, became a huge fan favourite at the Nou Camp with his swashbuckling captain’s performances and never-say-die attitude.