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May 13, 2015

Morata bittersweet after returning to haunt Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid have splashed out millions of euros on forwards in recent years but one of their former youth players, deemed surplus to requirements, shattered their Champions League dream on Wednesday.

Alvaro Morata left Real to join Juventus for around 18 million euros ($20.4 million) in the close season and the Spain international’s second-half equaliser sent the Italian side through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition against Barcelona.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Morata bittersweet after returning to haunt Real

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Real Madrid have splashed out millions of euros on forwards in recent years but one of their former youth players, deemed surplus to requirements, shattered their Champions League dream on Wednesday.

Alvaro Morata left Real to join Juventus for around 18 million euros ($20.4 million) in the close season and the Spain international’s second-half equaliser sent the Italian side through to the final of Europe’s elite club competition against Barcelona.

May 13, 2015

Real reject Morata fires Juve into final

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus shattered Real Madrid’s dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 23rd-minute penalty at the Bernabeu to give Real the upper hand before Morata silenced the home fans when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net off goalkeeper Iker Casillas 12 minutes into the second half.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Real reject Morata fires Juve into final

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Juventus shattered Real Madrid’s dream of a record-extending 11th European crown when Alvaro Morata scored against his former club to secure a 1-1 Champions League draw with the holders on Wednesday and send Juve into the final 3-2 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a 23rd-minute penalty at the Bernabeu to give Real the upper hand before Morata silenced the home fans when he rifled a shot into the roof of the net off goalkeeper Iker Casillas 12 minutes into the second half.

May 13, 2015

Barca’s ‘MSN’ attacking trio in unstoppable form

MADRID (Reuters) – Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal. Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal.

That devastating and increasingly familiar combination served up by Barcelona’s attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fired the Catalan giants past Bayern Munich into the Champions League final on Tuesday.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Barca’s ‘MSN’ attacking trio in unstoppable form

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal. Messi to Suarez to Neymar, goal.

That devastating and increasingly familiar combination served up by Barcelona’s attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fired the Catalan giants past Bayern Munich into the Champions League final on Tuesday.

May 12, 2015

Pogba could start for Juventus at Real after injury

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba could start Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid after returning from injury at the weekend, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old France international, who scored for the Italian champions in Saturday’s Serie A 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari after almost two months out with a thigh injury, could be key to Juve’s chances of exerting control in the central areas at the Bernabeu.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Pogba could start for Juventus at Real after injury

MADRID, May 12 (Reuters) – Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba could start Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, second leg at Real Madrid after returning from injury at the weekend, Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old France international, who scored for the Italian champions in Saturday’s Serie A 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari after almost two months out with a thigh injury, could be key to Juve’s chances of exerting control in the central areas at the Bernabeu.

May 12, 2015

Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for suggesting the Wales winger’s team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.

Bale’s disappointing second season in Spain hit a new low with a poor performance for the holders in last week’ Champions League defeat at Juventus and he again failed to spark in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at home to Valencia.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Hold your tongue, Real coach Ancelotti tells Bale agent

MADRID, May 12 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has hit back at Gareth Bale’s agent for suggesting the Wales winger’s team mates do not pass to him enough, telling Jonathan Barnett it would have been better to keep quiet.

Bale’s disappointing second season in Spain hit a new low with a poor performance for the holders in last week’ Champions League defeat at Juventus and he again failed to spark in Saturday’s 2-2 La Liga draw at home to Valencia.