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Real Madrid kick off Cup campaign with 0-0 draw

Dec 7 2013, 7:30pm CST | by IANS

Madrid, Dec 8 (IANS) Real Madrid failed to win the first leg of their last 32 Copa del Rey (King's Cup) tie away to third tier side Olimpic de Xativa after being held to a 0-0 draw by the side from close to Valencia Saturday night, Xinhua reported.

Madrid, Dec 8 — Real Madrid failed to win the first leg of their last 32 Copa del Rey (King's Cup) tie away to third tier side Olimpic de Xativa after being held to a 0-0 draw by the side from close...

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Real Madrid kick off Cup campaign with 0-0 draw

Dec 7 2013, 7:30pm CST | by IANS

Madrid, Dec 8 (IANS) Real Madrid failed to win the first leg of their last 32 Copa del Rey (King's Cup) tie away to third tier side Olimpic de Xativa after being held to a 0-0 draw by the side from close to Valencia Saturday night, Xinhua reported.

Madrid, Dec 8 — Real Madrid failed to win the first leg of their last 32 Copa del Rey (King's Cup) tie away to third tier side Olimpic de Xativa after being held to a 0-0 draw by the side from close to Valencia Saturday night, Xinhua reported.

Although Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Gareth Bale, who was struck down with flu prior to the game, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti fielded a string side including players such as Sergio Ramos, Angel de Maria and Iker Casillas, but saw how they were unable to put one goal past a team playing two divisions below them in a lackluster display.

Reigning cup holders, Atletico Madrid in contrast assured their place in the last 16 with a 4-0 win away to San Andreu. Atletico never looked back after Raul Garcia put them ahead on 13 minutes and Arda Turam doubled the lead 7 minutes later.

Turam netted his second 10 minutes into the second half and David Villa rounded off the scoring in the closing minutes to make the return leg a virtual irrelevance.

Celta Vigo striker Santi Mina celebrated his 18th birthday with the only goal of the game as his side defeated Athletic Club Bilbao 1-0 in their first leg tie.

Mina took advantage of a defensive error in a game where Athletic, who last weekend defeated FC Barcelona, wasted chances to have taken at least a draw back to Bilbao for the second leg.

Second division Girona drew 1-1 at home to Getafe. Both goals came in the first half with David Timor netting for Girona, while Ciprian Marica equalized, before both teams seemed to settle for the draw as the second half progressed.

Saturday's remaining game saw second division promotion hopefuls, Recreativo Huelva defeated Levante 1-0 thanks to a 90th minute goal scored by left back Ruyman in a game played in front of less than 1,000 fans in Huelva.

Friday saw Barcelona win 4-1 in Cartagena thanks partly to two goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Betis triumph 2-1 in Lleida, Villarreal and Elche draw 2-2, Algeciras take a 1-1 draw at home to Real Sociedad and Valladolid and Rayo draw 0-0

The remaining ties will be played Sunday.

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La Liga Results 2014 Week 9: Tracking Final Scores and Top Scorers for Matchday

Oct 24 2014 4:46pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

La Liga's three top scorers will take to the pitch together on Saturday, as Real Madrid and Barcelona will battle it out in 2014-15's first Clasico. The hosts have been scoring almost at will and field the most in-form forward on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo, but the duo of Lionel Messi and Neymar have combined for just as many goals as the Portuguese star, setting the stage for an epic match. Elsewhere, Paco Alcacer will have a great opportunity to add to h ...
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Ultimate Fantasy El Clasico: Real Madrid Legends Vs Barcelona Greats, Feauturing Legends Past And Present

Oct 24 2014 3:03pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The ultimate fantasy El Clasico sees Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi, Ronaldinho vs Raul, and many more... The highly anticipated El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona is right around the corner, with two of the best teams in the world set to collide. They have both boasted ownership of some of the greatest footballers ever to have played the game, but in a fantasy ultimate El Clasico XI, which side would win? SEE ALSO: Ronaldo Messi Comparison: (Vi ...
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Chevy Spent Half a Billion to Sponsor Manchester United, But Players Refuse to Drive Its Free Cars

Oct 24 2014 2:45pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Although Manchester United’s performance on the field post-Sir Alex Ferguson hasn’t been anything to write home about thus far, the club’s global branding remains strong. Corporations still see money when they look at the team’s famed red, white and black kit (aka uniform for Americans who loathe any British soccer terms). Chevy in particular showed a lot of faith in the United brand this summer, committing to a seven-year, $560 million deal to display its image on the team’s jerse ...
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(Images) Liverpool Striker Mario Balotelli Puts In Extra Training Hours

Oct 24 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Anfield ace looking to bounce back from disappointing start. Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is just as disappointed as everyone else at his lacklustre start to life at Anfield and is looking to put things right by putting in some extra sessions at Melwood. SEE ALSO: Ronaldo Messi Comparison: (Video) Cristiano Ronaldo bluntly ignores Lionel Messi comparison ahead of El Clasico. Gibbs Best Left-Back: Kie ...
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Real Madrid's Karim Benzema Becomes 3rd-Fastest to 40 Champions League Goals

Oct 24 2014 1:33pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 3-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield, thus becoming the third-fastest player to record 40 Champions League goals, having reached the milestone in just 67 games, per ESPN's Alexis Martin-Tamayo (via ESPN's Paul Carr). The only players to score 40 goals faster were Lionel Messi in 61 games and Ruud Van Nistelrooy in an incredible 45. After Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 23rd minute ...
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Cristiano: I hope to score goals in El Clásico

Oct 24 2014 1:00pm CDT | Source: inside spanish football

Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo recently stated that his preparation for each match is the same, and that he hopes to be influential in Saturday’s El Clásico. Cristiano spoke at the presentation of his new Nike Mercurial Superfly CR7 boots, and whilst assuring that he doesn’t change his preparation depending on the oppon ...
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Liverpool Suffers Worst Ever Home Loss in European Play

Oct 24 2014 12:48pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Liverpool set an unfortunate club record in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Real Madrid, falling by three or more goals at home for the first time ever in European competition, per ESPN's Paul Carr. Madrid took a commanding lead in Champions League Group B, netting a 23rd-minute goal from Cristiano Ronaldo that was quickly followed by a pair of Karim Benzema strikes in the 30th and 41st minutes. Madrid has all nine points and a plus-eight goal differential through three mat ...
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Over 600 journalists accredited for El Clásico

Oct 24 2014 12:39pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The anticipation for El Clásico is surreal. El Clásico is a big deal. Like 640 journalists from 210 media agencies big. That is how many people Real Madrid has accredited for their first clash against Barcelona this season. Those people have come to see Luis Suarez's Barcelona debut. They have come to see Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo. They have come to see arguably the biggest ri ...
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Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, 2014 El Clásico: Suarez returns for first clash of the season

Oct 24 2014 12:27pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Luis Suarez will make his Barcelona debut in the first Clásico of the season, while Real Madrid are without Gareth Bale. In a continuation of their absurd and hysterical arms race, Real Madrid and Barcelona both bought some of the biggest attacking stars in world football this summer. But because we've already had the pleasure of watching quite a bit of James Rodriguez in a white shi ...
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