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Apr 2, 2013

Mourinho defends decision to leave Casillas out again

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to leave 2010 World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas out of his squad again for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Galatasaray.

The Spain goalkeeper is fit to train after recovering from a broken finger but will not feature against the Turkish team, having also been omitted for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza in La Liga.

Apr 2, 2013

Soccer-Mourinho defends decision to leave Casillas out again

MADRID, April 2 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to leave 2010 World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas out of his squad again for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Galatasaray.

The Spain goalkeeper is fit to train after recovering from a broken finger but will not feature against the Turkish team, having also been omitted for Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Real Zaragoza in La Liga.

Mar 31, 2013

Atletico denied second spot by Valencia

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas’s strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone’s side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season.

Mar 31, 2013

Soccer-Atletico denied second spot by Valencia

MADRID, March 31 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid missed out on the chance to go second in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by improving Valencia on Sunday.

Radamel Falcao cancelled out Jonas’s strike, both goals coming in the first six minutes, leaving Diego Simeone’s side third with 61 points and nine games left in the season.

Mar 30, 2013

Real and Barca draw as Europe takes priority

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid both drew away against sides battling relegation in La Liga on Saturday as the top two focused their attentions on next week’s Champions League quarter-finals.

A weakened Barca were held to a 2-2 draw at lowly Celta Vigo when Borja Oubina headed an 88th-minute equaliser that left the leaders on 75 points with nine games left to play.

Mar 30, 2013

Soccer-Real and Barca draw as Europe takes priority

MADRID, March 30 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Real Madrid both drew away against sides battling relegation in La Liga on Saturday as the top two focused their attentions on next week’s Champions League quarter-finals.

A weakened Barca were held to a 2-2 draw at lowly Celta Vigo when Borja Oubina headed an 88th-minute equaliser that left the leaders on 75 points with nine games left to play.

Mar 28, 2013

Next stop Europe for burgeoning Real Sociedad

MADRID (Reuters) – France and Spain were bitter enemies in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday but a flourishing Franco-Spanish relationship in San Sebastian is helping Real Sociedad realise a long-forgotten European dream.

The Basque club travel to play Espanyol on Sunday (6 p.m. British Time) looking to strengthen their grip on fourth place with the possibility of earning Champions League football for next season an unexpected new objective.

Mar 28, 2013

Soccer-Next stop Europe for burgeoning Real Sociedad

MADRID, March 28 (Reuters) – France and Spain were bitter enemies in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday but a flourishing Franco-Spanish relationship in San Sebastian is helping Real Sociedad realise a long-forgotten European dream.

The Basque club travel to play Espanyol on Sunday (1800 GMT)looking to strengthen their grip on fourth place with the possibility of earning Champions League football for next season an unexpected new objective.

Mar 27, 2013

Valdes and Monreal testimony to Spain’s strength in depth

MADRID (Reuters) – Forced to field a second-choice keeper and defender would be a worry for most teams needing to win in Paris but the performances of Victor Valdes and Nacho Monreal were further evidence of Spain’s enviable strength in depth on Tuesday.

The world champions were 1-0 victors over France, recovering from consecutive home draws which had raised the prospect of having to qualify for the 2014 World Cup through the playoffs, to return to the top of Group I.

Mar 27, 2013

Soccer-Valdes and Monreal testimony to Spain’s strength in depth

MADRID, March 27 (Reuters) – Forced to field a second-choice keeper and defender would be a worry for most teams needing to win in Paris but the performances of Victor Valdes and Nacho Monreal were further evidence of Spain’s enviable strength in depth on Tuesday.

The world champions were 1-0 victors over France, recovering from consecutive home draws which had raised the prospect of having to qualify for the 2014 World Cup through the playoffs, to return to the top of Group I.