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Apr 20, 2013

Soccer-Ozil finds scoring touch before Dortmund trip

MADRID, April 20 (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 14, 2013

Ronaldo powers Real to victory, Barca also win

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo proved too powerful for Athletic Bilbao as he scored with a fizzing free kick and a towering header in Real Madrid’s bruising 3-0 victory at San Mames in La Liga on Sunday.

The Portugal forward took his league tally for the season to 31 goals, netting in his eighth successive game in all competitions, and set up Gonzalo Higuain for Real’s third.

Apr 14, 2013

Soccer-Ronaldo powers Real to victory, Barca also win

MADRID, April 14 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo proved too powerful for Athletic Bilbao as he scored with a fizzing free kick and a towering header in Real Madrid’s bruising 3-0 victory at San Mames in La Liga on Sunday.

The Portugal forward took his league tally for the season to 31 goals, netting in his eighth successive game in all competitions, and set up Gonzalo Higuain for Real’s third.

Apr 13, 2013

Baptista late show brings cheer back to Malaga

MADRID (Reuters) – Julio Baptista scored in added time to lift Malaga to a 1-0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, helping the club shake off some of the disappointment from their midweek Champions League exit.

The Brazilian was left unmarked near the penalty spot as a free kick was nodded down in the area and he swept the ball past Andres Fernandez in the 93rd minute.

Apr 13, 2013

Soccer-Baptista late show brings cheer back to Malaga

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Julio Baptista scored in added time to lift Malaga to a 1-0 home win over Osasuna in La Liga on Saturday, helping the club shake off some of the disappointment from their midweek Champions League exit.

The Brazilian was left unmarked near the penalty spot as a free kick was nodded down in the area and he swept the ball past Andres Fernandez in the 93rd minute.

Apr 9, 2013

Doubts over Messi’s fitness keep PSG guessing

By Mark Elkington

(Reuters) – Lionel Messi has gone from being the first name on Barcelona’s team sheet to the last, as they await a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Paris St Germain.

The World Player of the Year is recovering from a hamstring strain picked up in Paris last week, when he scored in the 2-2 first-leg draw, though Barca proved they could survive without him by thrashing Real Mallorca 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday.

Apr 9, 2013

Soccer-Doubts over Messi’s fitness keep PSG guessing

April 9 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has gone from being the first name on Barcelona’s team sheet to the last, as they await a late fitness test ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg at home to Paris St Germain.

The World Player of the Year is recovering from a hamstring strain picked up in Paris last week, when he scored in the 2-2 first-leg draw, though Barca proved they could survive without him by thrashing Real Mallorca 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday.

Apr 3, 2013

Real make quality count against Galatasaray

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s pursuit of a tenth European crown continues to gather momentum after they dismissed Galatasaray 3-0 at home in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

The finishing of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain put the last eight’s outsiders Galatasaray firmly in their place, despite bold pre-match talk that they would take the game to the Jose Mourinho’s men.

Apr 3, 2013

Ruthless Real ease to 3-0 win over Galatasaray

MADRID (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain scored to give ruthlessly efficient Real Madrid a 3-0 home win over Galatasaray in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Portugal forward Ronaldo became the tournament’s highest scorer with nine goals when he burst away on to Mesut Ozil’s pass to lob the opener after nine minutes at the Bernabeu.

Apr 3, 2013

Soccer-Ruthless Real ease to 3-0 win over Galatasaray

MADRID, April 3 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain scored to give ruthlessly efficient Real Madrid a 3-0 home win over Galatasaray in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

Portugal forward Ronaldo became the tournament’s highest scorer with nine goals when he burst away on to Mesut Ozil’s pass to lob the opener after nine minutes at the Bernabeu.