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Jan 31, 2014

Hot prospect Quintana content to play second fiddle

MADRID (Reuters) – Missing out on the Tour de France could be considered a setback for one of cycling’s hottest prospects but Nairo Quintana sees the logic in Movistar’s decision to have him lead the team’s assault on the Giro d’Italia.

The 23-year-old Colombian finished second behind Chris Froome of Britain in last year’s Tour, scooping the white and polka-dot jerseys for the top young rider and best climber.

Nov 10, 2013

Fabregas shines for Barca after Messi injury

MADRID (Reuters) – A Cesc Fabregas double helped Barcelona maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 win at bottom side Real Betis to move three points clear in La Liga on Sunday although they lost Lionel Messi to injury.

Barca now have 37 points from 13 games ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were denied a couple of hours on the summit when Juanfran put the ball into his own net late on in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal, who also scored an own goal.

Nov 10, 2013

Soccer-Fabregas shines for Barca after Messi injury

MADRID, Nov 10 (Reuters) – A Cesc Fabregas double helped Barcelona maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 win at bottom side Real Betis to move three points clear in La Liga on Sunday although they lost Lionel Messi to injury.

Barca now have 37 points from 13 games ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were denied a couple of hours on the summit when Juanfran put the ball into his own net late on in a 1-1 draw at Villarreal, who also scored an own goal.

Nov 9, 2013

Remarkable Ronaldo leads Real romp

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo kept up his remarkable run of goals netting a hat-trick as Real Madrid crushed Real Sociedad 5-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

The prolific Portugal forward took his La Liga tally to 16 goals from 13 games, adding to his top scorer status in the Champions League where he has eight from four matches.

Nov 9, 2013

Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real rout of Sociedad

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid rattled in four goals before halftime in a 5-1 La Liga rout of Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

The prolific Portugal forward took his season’s tally to 16 goals from 13 games in La Liga, adding to his top scorer status in the Champions League where he has eight from four matches.

Nov 9, 2013

Soccer-Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Real rout of Sociedad

MADRID, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid rattled in four goals before halftime in a 5-1 La Liga rout of Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

The prolific Portugal forward took his season’s tally to 16 goals from 13 games in La Liga, adding to his top scorer status in the Champions League where he has eight from four matches.

Sep 29, 2013

Ancelotti drifting into troubled waters with Real

MADRID (Reuters) – The honeymoon period for Carlo Ancelotti has run its course at Real Madrid and the Italian faces his first rumblings of discontent after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in the city derby.

Real lie third in La Liga after seven games with 16 points, five adrift of champions Barcelona and Atletico who have both swept to perfect starts in a league that allows very little margin for error.

Sep 29, 2013

Soccer-Ancelotti drifting into troubled waters with Real

MADRID, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The honeymoon period for Carlo Ancelotti has run its course at Real Madrid and the Italian faces his first rumblings of discontent after Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in the city derby.

Real lie third in La Liga after seven games with 16 points, five adrift of champions Barcelona and Atletico who have both swept to perfect starts in a league that allows very little margin for error.

Sep 29, 2013

Costa leads Atletico to stunning Madrid derby win

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid ended a run of 23 league derbies without a win when Diego Costa struck early to clinch a 1-0 victory over city rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Following up their 2-1 King’s Cup final victory after extra time at the same venue in May, Atletico proved they had finally shaken off their inferiority complex with another gritty La Liga performance.

Sep 28, 2013

Soccer-Costa leads Atletico to stunning Madrid derby win

MADRID, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid ended a run of 23 league derbies without a win when Diego Costa struck early to clinch a 1-0 victory over city rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Following up their 2-1 King’s Cup final victory after extra time at the same venue in May, Atletico proved they had finally shaken off their inferiority complex with another gritty La Liga performance.