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Barcelona close in on La Liga title
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Barcelona close in on La Liga title

May 6 2013, 12:55am CDT | by

Madrid, May 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Madrid, May 6 — FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis. Lionel Messi came off the bench with 35 minutes remaining to decide an...

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Barcelona close in on La Liga title

May 6 2013, 12:55am CDT | by

Madrid, May 6 (IANS) FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Madrid, May 6 — FC Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a 4-2 home win over Betis.

Lionel Messi came off the bench with 35 minutes remaining to decide an entertaining game in which Betis had twice taken the lead thanks to goals from Dorlan Pabon and Ruben Garcia Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Alexis Sanchez and David Villa, who had missed several chances in the first half, pulled Barca back level and once Messi had scored a trademark free kick, the game swung decisively in Barca's way. Messi sealed the win with a tap-in following a magnificent move involving Andres Ineista and Alexis.

Real Madrid's 4-3 home win over Valladolid, which came with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo Saturday, had meant that Barcelona could not celebrate the league title this weekend whatever the result at Camp Nou.

Meanwhile the Madrid game also served to confirm the divorce between Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and the fans in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium as he was booed at several moments in the game.

A Marc Valiente own goal and a strike from Kaka sealed Madrid's win while Ronaldo's second was his 200th in a Real Madrid shirt.

Atletico Madrid were again below their best as they drew 0-0 away to Deportivo la Coruna to slip to eight points behind their neighbours. But at least the point served to assure their place in next season's Champions League.

With fourth placed Real Sociedad not playing until Monday, Valencia recovered some ground in the battle for the final Champions League place with a thumping 4-0 thrashing over relegation threatened Osasuna. Roberto Soldado, Ricardo Costa, Ever Banega and Jonas completed the rout against an Osasuna that ended the game with just nine men after David Timor and Alejandro Arribas were sent off.

Sevilla still have a chance of European football after Unai Emery's side got off to a flying start in their home game against Espanyol. A Joan Capdevila own goal opened the scoring before Coke and Alvaro Negredo had wrapped up the 3-0 win before the midway point of first half.

At the wrong end of the table, Zaragoza and Granada took important wins. A dreadful refereeing decision opened the door for Zaragoza after referee Teixeira Vitienes gave the home side a spot kick for handball after 26 minutes at home to Rayo Vallecano when the ball was not even close to the arm of Rayo defender Jordi Figueras.

Apono had no complaints as he fired Zaragoza ahead and the result was beyond doubt when Rodri added a second just after halftime and Apono's second goal in injury time put the icing on the cake.

Meanwhile Odion Ighalo's solitary goal gave Granada a win in their derby at home to a disappointing Malaga.

Mallorca are still stuck on the bottom of the table after a 1-1 draw at home to Levante. Tomar Hemed scored an early goal for Mallorca but Robert Acquafresca's second goal of the campaign assured the points were shared in a hard-fought match.

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20 Top Footballers To Do Ice Bucket Challenge So Far: Liverpool & Arsenal Stars On Wet List With Lionel Messi

Aug 24 2014 5:31pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Chelsea, Tottenham, Real Madrid, Everton, Man United and Man City stars also feature. Hundreds of the world's leading footballers have taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of motor neurone disease research and Macmillan Cancer Support. We have selected 20 top soakings for you viewing pleasure. You can donate £3 to Macmillan by texting ICE to 70550. 20. Roberto Soldado - Tottenham Hotspur SEE ALSO: Hott ...
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Juan Mata takes ‘Water Bucket Challenge’ (No Ice!), nominates Manchester United new boy Marcos Rojo

Aug 21 2014 12:28pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Being the popular chap that he is, Juan Mata received two Ice Bucket challenges, his international teammate David Villa and former Chelsea teammate Yossi Benayoun calling him out.The Man United midfielder brought Spanish teammate David De Gea along to do the honours, and nominated Man United teammate Ander Herrera and new arrival Marcos Rojo, as well as F1 driver Fernando Alonso.Not to be a stickler, but there wasn’t a whole lot of ice in that bucket, Jonny….(function(){var image = ...
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Atletico Madrid: La Liga Season Preview, Analysis And Best Team Selection

Aug 21 2014 1:23am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Can Los Rojiblancos retain their title this season after a summer of change? Check in to Rayo Vallecano vs Atletico Madrid Despite losing the likes of Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, David Villa and Diego Costa this summer, reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are arguably stronger and have more quality in depth than they did last season. After breaking the domestic dominance enjoyed by Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent years by lifting the La Lig ...
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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Stream, Preview for Spanish Super Cup 2014

Aug 19 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The 2014 Spanish Super Cup sees a repeat of the Champions League final between the capital city's two biggest rivals. European champions Real Madrid face neighbours and La Liga title holders Atletico Madrid in a two-legged affair, in what should be a feisty curtain-raiser. The Galacticos beat their less illustrious rivals to claim their La Decima victory in Europe, winning 4-1 after extra-time. Revenge will be in the air for Atletico on Tuesday. Here is how you can wa ...
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Raul Jimenez to Atletico Madrid: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Aug 13 2014 2:44pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Atletico Madrid continued to bolster their attack on Wednesday, as Mexican forward Raul Jimenez was signed by the club.     Atleti English confirmed the news, which was shared by AS English on Twitter: That will make his signing quite the historic one, per Tom Marshall of ESPN FC: The 23-year-old will be joining last year's La Liga champions from Club America, where he tallied 35 goals in 98 games for th ...
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Atletico Madrid to Bid for Tottenham Flop Despite Fan Protest

Aug 11 2014 1:09am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

White Hart Lane man on La Liga title holder's radar. Check in to West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur Atletico Madrid will make a move for Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado regardless of the fact that their supporters have made it clear they do not want to see the White Hart Lane star move to the Vicente Calderon according to the Daily Mirror. The 29 year old Spanish international moved to north London in a then club record £2 ...
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Landon Donovan's Career Runs Parallel with Increasing Success of MLS

Aug 8 2014 12:34pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

It was 2005, and just seven games into his second stint of European football, Landon Donovan wanted to come back home. Naturally, Major League Soccer clubs tripped over themselves jockeying for position to land the prized U.S. star—ultimately with the Los Angeles Galaxy obtaining his rights.  Few could have fathomed back then what impact Donovan's return to the MLS has had nearly a decade later.  Donovan announced his retirement at the end of the 2014 season on his Facebook page Thursday ...
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Why Javier Hernandez Would Be a Force at Atletico Madrid

Aug 5 2014 11:15pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Javier Hernandez has been linked with several clubs ever since Louis Van Gaal took over the team. Despite Chicharito's recent performances, a transfer to Atletico Madrid could be a fantastic deal for the footballer and the club. The latest report comes from The Guardian's Steve Brenner, who suggests the striker could arrive in Spain in a deal that also includes Shinji Kagawa. Hernandez was sidelined dur ...
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Hull captain Koren joins Melbourne City

Aug 3 2014 8:31pm CDT | Source: football

Former Hull City captain Robert Koren has signed a two-year deal with Australian side Melbourne City which will see him link up with Spanish sta ...
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Arsene Wenger questions integrity of Manchester City taking Frank Lampard on loan [Video]

Aug 3 2014 2:13pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

By the looks of it, Frank Lampard is going to spend half the season on loan at Manchester City, to ‘kill’ his time before being able to play with new MLS franchise from February 2015. Asked about the prospect of Lampard’s loan move at his press conference today, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expressed surprise, and a degree of curiosity. ‘It’s a surprise…after all the statements we heard…(?)…But it looks like all these ‘City’ clubs are going to feed the main club, Man Cit ...
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