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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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New York City FC have just signed Frank Lampard, their second major signing of the summer after confirming the arrival of David Villa earlier this month. City are also strongly linked with Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez from Barcelona. But by signing these players, are they ...
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New York City FC say they're nearing deal on training facility, still no news on permanent stadium

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – They have David Villa. They have Frank Lampard. But do New York City FC finally have a practice facility? According to Tim Pernetti, the club's chief business officer, that might be f ...
Source: MLSnet - Major League Soccer   Full article at: MLSnet - Major League Soccer


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Where do Atletico Madrid go from last season?

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Where do Atletico Madrid go from last season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Scenes that will be hard to repeat. Atletico Madrid were arguably the finest football story of last season. Los Rojiblancos (The Red and Whites) are a club with a huge fan following but possess very little financial resources when compared to Spain’s big two. However, last season under the stewardship of the fierce Diego Simeon ...
Source: Soccerlens   Full article at: Soccerlens


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Tottenham Face Atletico Madrid Competition For £24m-Rated La Liga Winger

Jul 25 2014 4:10am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Spanish champions set to move for Spurs target. SEE MORE: (Video) Louis Van Gaal's Eyes Wander As Man United Boss Checks Out Sexy US Journalist During TV Interview Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for Tottenham Hotspur target Antoine Griezmann, according to Spanish source Fichajes.net. The French international was one of the star players in La Liga last season, scoring 20 goals from the flanks for Sociedad to draw comparisons ...
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Frank Lampard is introduced to New York City

Jul 25 2014 1:54am CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Frank Lampard is introduced to New York City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com Frank Lampard posses while wearing a t-shirt of his new teams logo. Photo provided by MLSSoccer.com. The English international is officially a member of New York City FC. Frank Lampard on Thursday morning became an official New Yorker, as he was formally introduced to the public as the NYCFC fourth player and second des ...
Source: Soccerlens   Full article at: Soccerlens


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Liverpool target Divock Origi is being chased by Atletico Madrid [Marca]

Jul 25 2014 1:15am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Wasn’t Divock Origi supposed to be a Liverpool player by now? Liverpool may be set to rue their decision not to close terms with the 19-year-old Belgian attacker already, as Spanish paper Marca announce on Friday the La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are now looking to sign Origi this summer. Atletico are in dire need of forwards after selling Diego Costa to Chelsea, while David Villa and Adrian have also left the club. Diego Simeone’s men have been linked to the likes of Chelsea’s ...
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