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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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Real vs Atlético: Madrid Derby Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

Sep 12 2014 7:29am CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Real vs Atlético: Madrid Derby Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com This weekend sees Real Madrid face city rivals Atlético for the third time in less than a month. Atlético Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup over two legs last month with an aggregate score of 2-1. These two sides also met in the final of last season’s UEFA Champions League back in May. It was ...
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Manchester United Star David De Gea Shocked To Be Picked Ahead Of Iker Casillas For Spain Euro 2016 Clash

Sep 7 2014 3:23pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

David de Gea is shocked to have replaced Iker Casillas in the Spain team... Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has admitted that he was surprised to learn he would start ahead of Iker Casillas in the Spain team for the start of his country's Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. SEE MORE: Greatest football team of all time! Check out the best XI of the 21st Century Best Premier League players 2014/15 Top 60 hottest WAGs in the Premier League 2014, featuring A ...
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France continues Spain’s international woes

Sep 4 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — Spain’s rebuilding following its shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start as France was barely tested on the way to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute when winger Mathieu Valbuena set up substitute Loic Remy for his sixth international goal. With all-time leading scorer David Villa among the big names to have retired fr ...
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1 week ago

France continues Spain’s international woes

Sep 4 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — Spain’s rebuilding following its shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start as France was barely tested on the way to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute when winger Mathieu Valbuena set up substitute Loic Remy for his sixth international goal. With all-time leading scorer David Villa among the big names to have retired from international football ...
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1 week ago

France continues Spain’s international woes

Sep 4 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — Spain’s rebuilding following its shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start as France was barely tested on the way to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute when winger Mathieu Valbuena set up substitute Loic Remy for his sixth international goal. With all-time leading scorer David Villa among the big names to have retired from ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

France continues Spain’s international woes

Sep 4 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — Spain’s rebuilding following its shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start as France was barely tested on the way to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute when winger Mathieu Valbuena set up substitute Loic Remy for his sixth international goal. With all-time leading scorer Davi ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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1 week ago

France continues Spain’s international woes

Sep 4 2014 4:14pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PARIS — Spain’s rebuilding following its shambolic World Cup got off to a bad start as France was barely tested on the way to a 1-0 win in their friendly on Thursday. France had an effort from Karim Benzema ruled out for offside early in the second half and scored the winning goal in the 72nd minute when winger Mathieu Valbuena set up substitute Loic Remy for his sixth international goal. With all-time leading scorer David Villa among the big ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Grading Atletico Madrid's Transfer-Window Signings

Sep 4 2014 5:04am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

For a club that is perpetually forced to sell its finest players, Atletico Madrid continue to perform extremely well in the transfer market. After cashing in on stars such as Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Adrian Lopez in recent months—also waving goodbye to Thibaut Courtois and David Villa—the defending La Liga champions have secured another wave of valuable performers, headlined by Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic.  Having masterminded his team's surge past Barcelona an ...
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Torino’s Cerci set to join Atletico Madrid

Aug 31 2014 10:46am CDT | Source: forzitalianfootball

Torino star Alessio Cerci will reportedly joined Spanish champions Atletico Madrid ahead of completing a medical. The 27-year-old Italian has been linked with a departure from Turin all summer having been a transfer target for various big clubs across Europe, including Arsenal and AC Milan. According to a report from Tuttomercatoweb.com, Torino have already agreed to a deal with Atletico Madrid pending ...
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3 weeks ago

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: Hottest females to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Top 60 hot WAGs in the ...
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