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Jul 24, 2015

Soccer-Real rout City in front of record Melbourne crowd

MELBOURNE, July 24 (Reuters) – Real Madrid completed their pre-season tour of Australia with a crushing 4-1 friendly win over a depleted Manchester City in front of a record soccer crowd of 99,382 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

Rafa Benitez celebrated his first win in charge of the La Liga glamour side since replacing Carlo Ancelotti and clinched his first piece of silverware.

Jul 21, 2015

Sterling makes instant impression on City debut

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Record signing Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the Premier League club’s penalty shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Sterling makes instant impression on City debut

MELBOURNE, July 21 (Reuters) – Record signing Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the Premier League club’s penalty shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.

Jul 18, 2015

Benitez suffers frustrating Real debut in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez kicked-off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

With both teams goalless at full-time in front of a crowd of 80,746 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Champions Cup match was decided by penalty shootout and Seydou Keita slotted the winner after a miss by Lucas Vazquez.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-Benitez suffers frustrating Real debut in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, July 18 (Reuters) – Rafa Benitez kicked-off his tenure as Real Madrid boss with a frustrating 7-6 penalty shootout loss to AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

With both teams goalless at full-time in front of a crowd of 80,746 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the International Champions Cup match was decided by penalty shootout and Seydou Keita slotted the winner after a miss by Lucas Vazquez.

Jul 17, 2015

Roma determined to reach Champions Leage knockouts

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – AS Roma are determined to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League after crashing out of the group stage in last year’s tournament, coach Rudi Garcia has said.

The Serie A team managed only one win from six games in their last campaign, showing they were well short of the benchmark in Europe’s top club competition.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-Roma determined to reach Champions Leage knockouts

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – AS Roma are determined to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League after crashing out of the group stage in last year’s tournament, coach Rudi Garcia has said.

The Serie A team managed only one win from six games in their last campaign, showing they were well short of the benchmark in Europe’s top club competition.

Jul 17, 2015

‘Winner’ Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Benitez

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants’ plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Ramos has been linked to a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks, despite having two years left on his contract.

Jul 17, 2015

Soccer-’Winner’ Ramos needed at Real Madrid, says Benitez

MELBOURNE, July 17 (Reuters) – Spain defender Sergio Ramos is not leaving Real Madrid and is an integral part of the La Liga giants’ plans, according to new coach Rafa Benitez.

Ramos has been linked to a move to Manchester United for a number of weeks, despite having two years left on his contract.

Jul 17, 2015

Real must move past ‘division’ of Casillas exit – Benitez

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The controversial departure of Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has created “division” at the Spanish giants and they must put it behind them as soon as possible, coach Rafa Benitez said on Friday.

Real were heavily criticised for a perceived lack of respect for the goalkeeper after he appeared alone at the Bernabeu media room on Sunday to announce his departure from his boyhood club after 16 seasons.

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