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Mar 11, 2015

Barca’s ‘MNS’ is better than Real’s ‘BBC’, says Neymar

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Neymar reckons the club’s forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid’s attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best.

On recent form, Barca’s South Americans, known in Spain as ‘MNS’, have the edge over Real’s European strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, dubbed ‘BBC’.

Mar 11, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s ‘MNS’ is better than Real’s ‘BBC’, says Neymar

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Neymar reckons the club’s forward line, which also includes Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, is superior to Real Madrid’s attacking trio, fanning debate over whose is best.

On recent form, Barca’s South Americans, known in Spain as ‘MNS’, have the edge over Real’s European strikeforce of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, dubbed ‘BBC’.

Mar 11, 2015

Angry Ronaldo’s record overshadowed by poor Real showing

MADRID (Reuters) – Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.

Television cameras captured a grim-looking Ronaldo shaking his head and apparently mouthing “disgrace” to Karim Benzema shortly before the end of Real’s 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, the holders squeaking through to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

Mar 11, 2015

Soccer-Angry Ronaldo’s record overshadowed by poor Real showing

MADRID, March 11 (Reuters) – Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.

Television cameras captured a grim-looking Ronaldo shaking his head and apparently mouthing “disgrace” to Karim Benzema shortly before the end of Real’s 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, the holders squeaking through to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

Mar 10, 2015

Di Matteo left wondering how four-goal Schalke are out

MADRID (Reuters) – Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo was finding it hard to take in how his team managed to score four goals at Real Madrid on Tuesday but still failed to get past the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Schalke produced one of the best performances of the season to claim a 4-3 victory at the Bernabeu but were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate after losing last month’s last 16, first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-Di Matteo left wondering how four-goal Schalke are out

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Schalke 04 coach Roberto Di Matteo was finding it hard to take in how his team managed to score four goals at Real Madrid on Tuesday but still failed to get past the holders into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Schalke produced one of the best performances of the season to claim a 4-3 victory at the Bernabeu but were eliminated 5-4 on aggregate after losing last month’s last 16, first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

We are playing very badly, says Real coach Ancelotti

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti did not mince his words after the Champions League holders managed to get past Schalke 04 into the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday and were whistled off the pitch.

Real slumped to a stunning 4-3 home reverse to the battling Bundesliga side, who came within a goal of pulling off a remarkable upset after losing last month’s first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-We are playing very badly, says Real coach Ancelotti

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti did not mince his words after the Champions League holders managed to get past Schalke 04 into the quarter-finals by the skin of their teeth on Tuesday and were whistled off the pitch.

Real slumped to a stunning 4-3 home reverse to the battling Bundesliga side, who came within a goal of pulling off a remarkable upset after losing last month’s first leg in Gelsenkirchen 2-0.

Mar 10, 2015

Holders Real squeak past Schalke into last eight

MADRID (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they suffered a stunning 4-3 defeat at home to Schalke 04 on Tuesday but squeezed through to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

A first-half Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema early in the second half saw Real through to the last eight but Schalke can consider themselves unlucky not to progress.

Mar 10, 2015

Soccer-Holders Real squeak past Schalke into last eight

MADRID, March 10 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid survived a huge scare when they suffered a stunning 4-3 defeat at home to Schalke 04 on Tuesday but squeezed through to the Champions League quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

A first-half Ronaldo double and a goal from Karim Benzema early in the second half saw Real through to the last eight but Schalke can consider themselves unlucky not to progress.