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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.

Sep 22, 2013

Ronaldo leads Real rout, Bale misses home debut

MADRID (Reuters) – Gareth Bale injured himself in the warm up and was forced to wait for his Bernabeu debut but Real Madrid did not miss him as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

The world’s most expensive player was set to start against Getafe, having only featured in two away games since joining for 100 million euros ($135 million)three weeks ago, but was forced to make way for another new recruit, Isco just before kickoff.

Sep 22, 2013

Soccer-Ronaldo leads Real rout, Bale misses home debut

MADRID, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Gareth Bale injured himself in the warm up and was forced to wait for his Bernabeu debut but Real Madrid did not miss him as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Getafe in La Liga on Sunday.

The world’s most expensive player was set to start against Getafe, having only featured in two away games since joining for 100 million euros ($135 million)three weeks ago, but was forced to make way for another new recruit, Isco just before kickoff.

Sep 22, 2013

Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008

MADRID (Reuters) – Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 percent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca have been undergoing something of a change in strategy under new coach Gerardo Martino.

Sep 22, 2013

La Liga: Pedro leads Barca past Rayo, Atletico win again

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a Pedro hat-trick and a penalty save by Victor Valdes helping them to win a game that was not a simple as it looked.

Spain striker Pedro took his tally for the season to five goals, while Cesc Fabregas netted the fourth, after Rayo had made life difficult for the visitors becoming the first team to edge them for possession in a match in five years.

Sep 21, 2013

Pedro leads Barca past Rayo, Atletico win again

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a Pedro hat-trick and a penalty save by Victor Valdes helping them to win a game that was not a simple as it looked.

Spain striker Pedro took his tally for the season to five goals, while Cesc Fabregas netted the fourth, after Rayo had made life difficult for the visitors becoming the first team to edge them for possession in a match in five years.

Sep 21, 2013

Soccer-Pedro leads Barca past Rayo, Atletico win again

MADRID, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a Pedro hat-trick and a penalty save by Victor Valdes helping them to win a game that was not a simple as it looked.

Spain striker Pedro took his tally for the season to five goals, while Cesc Fabregas netted the fourth, after Rayo had made life difficult for the visitors becoming the first team to edge them for possession in a match in five years.

Sep 21, 2013

Soccer-Barca second best in possession for first time since 2008

MADRID, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 percent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday.

The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca have been undergoing something of a change in strategy under new coach Gerardo Martino.

Sep 18, 2013

Soccer-Arda inspires Atletico to Zenit win

MADRID, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid proved they are going to be a tough nut to crack in the Champions League as Arda Turan rallied them to a 3-1 home win over Zenit St Petersburg in their opening Group G game on Wednesday.

The Turkish midfielder scored the second in the 64th minute and set up substitute Leo Baptistao for the third in the 80th, after Zenit had fought back strongly to level at 1-1 early in the second half with a thunderous shot from Hulk.