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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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Madrid ace acknowledges the banner the flew over his side's clash with Villarreal. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has given his reaction to the sight of a plane with a message asking him to return to Manchester United in the new year, but has seemingly distanced himself from a move back to Old Trafford, the Gazzetta Dello Sport reports. SEE ALSO: Champions League Team of the Week. Top 20 best over-35s in football. Ri ...
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Cristiano Ronaldo is mortal after all. The Real Madrid star suffered an ankle injury against Ludogorets during Wednesday's Champions League victory and faces a race against time to be 100 percent fit for the clash with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the problem and played down its seriousness. "He picked up a knock to his ankle," said Ancelotti, per Marca. "He's in pain, but it does ...
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Tottenham Press On With New Stadium Plans: £50m Deal Secured With Construction Firm

Oct 2 2014 5:31am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Liverpool Closing In On Deal to Sign £38m Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema

Oct 2 2014 5:10am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

Anfield side want Bernabeu forward. Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema according to the Metro. Read more: Valdes Liverpool: Anfield side chase World Cup winning free agent Mario Balotelli Car: Liverpool Striker Lets Young Fans Drive His Ferrari! Read more Liverpool FC news. Though Brendan Rodgers brought in Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli to help fill the void left by Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona it ...
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Pep Guardiola Has Reverted to Familiar Tactical Flaws at Bayern Munich

Oct 2 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Pep Guardiola is universally recognized in the football world as a great coach, one of—if not superlatively—the very best in today's game. He's a visionary, one who has the intelligence to dissect a game and who commands the unwavering respect of nearly every player he manages. But like every human, Guardiola has his shortcomings. For the Spaniard, it's his stubbornness and perhaps vanity that, when he falls short of glory, usually get in the ...
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Liverpool Transfer News: Karim Benzema Talks Reported, Fee Named by Madrid

Oct 2 2014 4:51am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Real Madrid have told Liverpool they can sign Karim Benzema for a fee of £38.8 million in January, as reported by Spanish outlet Fichajes (via Metro). The latter publication indicates Benzema is "a key January transfer window target for Liverpool," who are looking to sign a "world-class striker" when the winter market opens. Benzema is equipped with everything needed to make it in the Premier League—pace, power and creat ...
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Ronaldo compares Ludogorets clash to rugby match

Oct 2 2014 4:40am CDT | Source: Soccer News

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has compared his side’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League victory over Ludogorets ...
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Liverpool News Roundup: Alves And Khedira Open To Reds Move, Key Star To Be Given £150,000-A-Week Deal And Champions League Loss Is A Defining Moment

Oct 2 2014 4:38am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

The biggest stories on Thursday for the Reds. Daniel Sturridge to sign bumper £150,000-a-week five-year contract at Liverpool Sturridge is to be rewarded for his fine form at Anfield since a £12m switch from Chelsea in January 2013 by becoming one of the highest paid players at the club. The Times reports that the England international will commit himself to the Reds until 2019 and earn a similar amount to captain Steven G ...
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