Messi rests for Man United as Barca draws 0-0 at Huesca

Soccer 04/13/19, 11:43

Missing Lionel Messi and most of its regular starters, Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at Huesca in the Spanish league on Saturday, three days before the visit of Manchester United in the Champions League.Barcelona increased its commanding lead to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid, which played Celta Vigo ...

Messi to sit out league match ahead of ManU visit

Soccer 04/12/19, 14:36

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has left forward Lionel Messi off his squad for this weekend's Spanish league match, giving him more rest before the visit of Manchester United.Messi and Sergio Busquets were both dropped by Valverde for Saturday's match at Huesca, which is in last place in La Liga.Messi had ...

Barcelona wins 1-0 at Man United in Champions League 1st leg

Sports 04/10/19, 16:16

Luke Shaw unwittingly helped Luis Suarez's header into the net to give Barcelona a 1-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.The goal — initially flagged for offside before being awarded via a video review — came in the 12th minute during ...

Messi, Suarez lead Barca past 10-man Atletico to boost lead

Soccer 04/06/19, 17:12

Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday."We know that that we have taken not one, but two steps (toward the title)," Suarez said.Second-placed Atletico played ...

Barcelona takes 11-point lead with 2-0 win v 10-man Atletico

Soccer 04/06/19, 16:02

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals to secure a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday, increasing Barcelona's lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points.Atletico played one man down for more than an hour after Diego Costa earned a direct red card in the ...

Valverde focused on Barca’s defense for game vs. Atletico

Soccer 04/05/19, 12:05

Ernesto Valverde has a message for his players before Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid on Saturday in a match that will go a long way toward deciding the Spanish league title.Mind the gap — in defense.Barcelona's back line was exposed on several occasions by Villarreal on Tuesday, when Lionel Messi and ...

Messi, Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barca at Villarreal

Soccer 04/02/19, 16:43

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals as Barcelona salvaged a 4-4 draw at Villarreal in the Spanish league on Tuesday in a game that saw both teams give up a two-goal lead.Messi rifled a free kick in off the upright to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute, ...

Back from injury, Aspas shows why he’s Celta’s hometown hero

Soccer 04/01/19, 00:07

Overwhelmed with emotion after leading his boyhood club to a desperately needed victory, Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas couldn't hold back the tears.Aspas wept for joy — and relief— after scoring two second-half goals to help overturn a 2-0 deficit and beat relegation rival Villarreal 3-2 on Saturday in his ...

Back with Barcelona, Messi thrives again in 2-0 win

Soccer 03/30/19, 12:42

Lionel Messi picked up from where he left off before the international break, leading Barcelona to another Spanish league victory.After struggling with Argentina's national team yet again, Messi returned to Barcelona and thrived as usual, scoring twice in the team's 2-0 win over Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Saturday.Messi ...

Messi upset with criticism from Argentina fans

Soccer 03/29/19, 14:41

Argentina star Lionel Messi admitted Friday to being upset with constant criticism in his homeland, saying in an interview that even his 6-year-old son asks why his countrymen attack his performances for the national team.Many Argentinans feel Messi doesn't have the same enthusiasm for international soccer that he does for ...

Chinese sensation Wu Lei faces Messi in Barcelona derby

Soccer 03/28/19, 09:59

The hype around the Barcelona city derby this weekend seems to boil down to an Argentine superstar meeting a Chinese sensation.Lionel Messi faces Wu Lei for the first time on Saturday when Barcelona takes on Espanyol.The early success of Wu, only the second Chinese to make it in Spanish soccer, ...

Brazil and Argentina struggling ahead of Copa America

Soccer 03/27/19, 12:11

The Copa America is less than three months away and both Brazil and Argentina have shown they are far from their best.Brazil is having trouble defending and transitioning from the back to the attack. Argentina, meanwhile, is struggling with a drop in individual skill on the ball — even with ...

Catalonia beats Venezuela 2-1 in friendly in Spain

Soccer 03/25/19, 17:25

Venezuela followed its win over Lionel Messi's Argentina by losing to Catalonia 2-1 in a friendly on Monday.Javi Puado scored in the 88th minute to give the hosts the win at Girona's Montilivi Stadium. Bojan Krkic opened the scoring in the 53rd and Venezuela equalized through Roberto Rosales in the ...

Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says

Soccer 03/25/19, 16:24

Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in the Copa America in June in Brazil, according to coach Lionel Scaloni on Monday.Scaloni, speaking in Morocco, where Argentina plays the national team on Tuesday, said he has not discussed the Copa America with Messi since Argentina was embarrassed by Venezuela 3-1 on ...

Plenty of politics at play in Venezuela-Catalonia friendly

Soccer 03/24/19, 11:33

There will be lots of politics to talk about when Venezuela takes on a Catalonia squad in a friendly soccer game in Spain on Monday.Venezuela has a coach who offered his resignation over the alleged political use of his national team, while Catalonia — the region in the middle of ...

Argentina coach wants teammates to step up as Messi returns

Soccer 03/21/19, 15:14

With Lionel Messi making his first start since the World Cup, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni hopes the rest of the squad is ready to step up and reach another level.Scaloni confirmed on Thursday that Messi will be in the lineup for Friday's friendly against Venezuela in Madrid, which will be ...

Rival fans applaud as brilliant Messi scores 3 for Barcelona

Sports 03/17/19, 18:00

Lionel Messi scored his 51st career hat trick with a brilliant third goal applauded by opposition fans as Barcelona beat Real Betis 4-1 to open up a commanding 10-point lead of the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi struck with a powerful free kick in the 17th minute. He added a second ...

Argentina announces professionalization of women’s soccer

Sports 03/16/19, 16:44

Argentina's soccer association announced Saturday that the national women's league will be granted professional status, marking a milestone in a country that is home to Lionel Messi and some of the world's greatest players but still views soccer as largely a men's game.At a press conference on the outskirts of ...

Ronaldo inspires praise, and more goals, from Messi

Soccer 03/14/19, 08:57

Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.Ronaldo captured the attention of the soccer world on Tuesday when he scored a hat trick to lead Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into the Champions League quarterfinals.Not to be outdone, ...

Messi helps Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach CL quarters

Sports 03/13/19, 17:07

Lionel Messi scored twice and set up two more goals as Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 to reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.After a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Luis Suarez ensured Barcelona was up 2-0 by halftime by earning a penalty converted by Messi and setting up Philippe ...

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