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Apr 25, 2013

Barca close on title as Madrid face derby test

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona can secure their fourth La Liga title in five years on Saturday, but the celebrations are likely to be muted with the club facing a mountain to climb in their Champions League semi-final.

Barca lead second-placed Real Madrid by 13 points with six games left to play, and could move 16 clear with a victory at struggling Athletic Bilbao (1600 GMT).

Apr 25, 2013

Soccer-Barca close on title as Madrid face derby test

MADRID, April 25 (Reuters) – Barcelona can secure their fourth La Liga title in five years on Saturday, but the celebrations are likely to be muted with the club facing a mountain to climb in their Champions League semi-final.

Barca lead second-placed Real Madrid by 13 points with six games left to play, and could move 16 clear with a victory at struggling Athletic Bilbao (1600 GMT).

Apr 25, 2013

Real left reeling as European focus found wanting

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s nightmare in Dortmund comes as a greater surprise than Barcelona’s mauling in Munich, given coach Jose Mourinho has given up on La Liga to focus on the Champions League.

The nine-times European Cup winners were overwhelmed 4-1 by a dynamic Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg on Wednesday, though Cristiano Ronaldo’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope for the return at the Bernabeu next Tuesday.

Apr 25, 2013

Real Madrid left reeling as European focus found wanting

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s nightmare in Dortmund comes as a greater surprise than Barcelona’s mauling in Munich, given coach Jose Mourinho has given up on La Liga to focus on the Champions League.

The nine-times European Cup winners were overwhelmed 4-1 by a dynamic Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg on Wednesday, though Cristiano Ronaldo’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope for the return at the Bernabeu next Tuesday.

Apr 25, 2013

Soccer-Real left reeling as European focus found wanting

MADRID, April 25 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s nightmare in Dortmund comes as a greater surprise than Barcelona’s mauling in Munich, given coach Jose Mourinho has given up on La Liga to focus on the Champions League.

The nine-times European Cup winners were overwhelmed 4-1 by a dynamic Borussia Dortmund in their semi-final first leg on Wednesday, though Cristiano Ronaldo’s away goal gives them a glimmer of hope for the return at the Bernabeu next Tuesday.

Apr 24, 2013

Shell-shocked Barca offer little hope of a reaction

MADRID (Reuters) – Even Lionel Messi, so often Barcelona’s saviour, was at a loss to explain how the La Liga leaders could come back from their Champions League semi-final mauling in Munich.

Barca were thumped 4-0 away by an impressive Bayern Munich in their first leg on Tuesday, putting in one of their most toothless displays in recent memory.

Apr 24, 2013

Soccer-Shell-shocked Barca offer little hope of a reaction

MADRID, April 24 (Reuters) – Even Lionel Messi, so often Barcelona’s saviour, was at a loss to explain how the La Liga leaders could come back from their Champions League semi-final mauling in Munich.

Barca were thumped 4-0 away by an impressive Bayern Munich in their first leg on Tuesday, putting in one of their most toothless displays in recent memory.

Apr 21, 2013

Ozil finds scoring touch before Dortmund trip

MADRID (Reuters) – Mesut Ozil wrestled Cristiano Ronaldo from the headlines and reminded everyone of his match-winning abilities in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday.

The Germany playmaker scored two and had a hand in creating the third, showing Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final opponents Borussia Dortmund they have more to worry about than simply stopping Real’s Portuguese goalscoring machine.

Apr 20, 2013

Late Fabregas goal moves Barca closer to title

MADRID (Reuters) – Midfielder Cesc Fabregas moved Barcelona a step closer to the La Liga title with a late strike in a laboured 1-0 victory at home to mid-table Levante on Saturday.

The 84th-minute goal secured a win that took Barca to 84 points with six games left, 13 clear of champions Real Madrid who earlier beat Real Betis 3-1 with a Mesut Ozil double.

Apr 20, 2013

Soccer-Late Fabregas goal moves Barca closer to title

MADRID, April 20 (Reuters) – Midfielder Cesc Fabregas moved Barcelona a step closer to the La Liga title with a late strike in a laboured 1-0 victory at home to mid-table Levante on Saturday.

The 84th-minute goal secured a win that took Barca to 84 points with six games left, 13 clear of champions Real Madrid who earlier beat Real Betis 3-1 with a Mesut Ozil double.