Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into CL quarters

Soccer 03/12/19, 17:05

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first hat trick for Juventus to send the club into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday as the Italian side fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat.Ronaldo netted from open play in each half and then converted a late ...

Messi scores, assists as Barca keeps comfortable Liga lead

Soccer 03/09/19, 14:31

Lionel Messi scored a penalty and set up another goal as Barcelona came back to beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 and stay firmly in control of the Spanish league on Saturday. Messi crossed for Gerard Pique to cancel out an opening goal by Rayo's Raul de Tomas, then Messi put the hosts ...

Messi returns to Argentina’s national team for friendlies

Sports 03/07/19, 12:02

Lionel Messi is back with Argentina's national team.The five-time world player of the year was called up by interim Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni on Thursday for a pair of friendly matches ahead of this year's Copa America in Brazil.Argentina will play Venezuela on March 22 in Madrid and then face ...

PSG becoming Champions League specialists in failure

Sports 03/07/19, 10:18

There really are no excuses left for Paris Saint-Germain.For the second time in three seasons, the cash-rich French club made the wrong kind of Champions League history in a competition it has never won.PSG became the first team to be eliminated after winning the away leg 2-0, losing to Manchester ...

While Madrid tries to save season, Barcelona basks in glory

Sports 03/04/19, 09:09

Lionel Messi looked more relaxed than ever as he drove with his family on the roads that lead to the Pyrenees.Apparently headed to his refuge in the region of La Cerdanya, by the French border in northern Catalonia, Messi listened to music by famous Catalan artist Joan Manuel Serrat.The slow-paced ...

What to see in midweek in Europe’s main soccer competitions

Soccer 02/25/19, 10:07

What to watch in the midweek action in Europe's leading soccer competitions:SPAINWith Barcelona boosted by another brilliant performance from Lionel Messi and Real Madrid reeling from two disappointing displays, the teams meet Wednesday with a spot in the Copa del Rey final on the line.Chelsea's David Luiz, left, walks past ...

Messi back to his best ahead of games against Real Madrid

Soccer 02/25/19, 07:17

With consecutive matches coming up against Barcelona, Real Madrid got a glimpse of a Lionel Messi that it would rather not see again this week.After a series of lackluster performances, Messi had a stellar game against Sevilla in the Spanish league, scoring a hat trick and erasing any doubts about ...

Soccer symmetry as Mbappe, Messi reach milestones

Soccer 02/25/19, 00:16

It seemed like soccer symmetry when Kylian Mbappe made French league history on the same day Lionel Messi reached another incredible milestone.Arguably the best player in the world, and the one strongly tipped to become the next one, achieved their feats just one hour apart.After Barcelona star Messi scored the ...

Messi scores 3 to earn Barcelona 4-2 victory at Sevilla

Soccer 02/23/19, 12:24

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up a final goal by Luis Suarez to earn Spanish league leader Barcelona a 4-2 comeback win at Sevilla on Saturday. Messi twice canceled out goals by Jesus Navas and Gabriel Mercado before putting Barcelona ahead with five minutes remaining at Pizjuan Sanchez ...

Barcelona struggling in attack entering decisive stretch

Soccer 02/21/19, 10:59

Suddenly, scoring has become a problem for Barcelona's prolific attack.And it's happening at a bad time, with the team entering the decisive stretch of the season.Luis Suarez is going through a slump, Ousmane Dembele hasn't proven himself as a starter, and even Lionel Messi has struggled recently.Barcelona has scored only ...

Lyon draws 0-0 with Barcelona in last 16 of Champions League

Soccer 02/19/19, 17:00

Lyon kept Barcelona's vaunted attack in check as the sides drew 0-0 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.Lionel Messi failed to add to his six goals so far in the competition, while Luis Suarez had the goal gaping but sliced a shot wide ...

Madrid stunned by Girona, sees Barcelona increase its lead

Soccer 02/17/19, 08:05

Real Madrid was stunned by struggling Girona on Sunday, losing 2-1 at home to see Barcelona extend its lead at the top of the Spanish league standings.Real Madrid was coming off a five-match winning streak in the league, but it wasn't able to get past its relegation-threatened rival at Santiago ...

Messi misses 1 penalty, makes another in Barcelona win

Soccer 02/16/19, 16:54

Lionel Messi had a penalty saved after scoring from the spot as Barcelona struggled to end a run of poor results before it turns to the Champions League knockout rounds.Messi converted his first penalty opportunity that proved good enough to give Barcelona an uninspiring 1-0 victory over Valladolid at Camp ...

Rested Barcelona looks to find its stride again

Soccer 02/14/19, 06:54

In a slump and under pressure, Barcelona hopes it got to fully recharge ahead of the most difficult stretch of the season.After three consecutive draws, including two in the Spanish league that allowed Real Madrid to cut into its lead, Barcelona got a rare week off before facing a series ...

Barcelona drops points at Bilbao, Madrid 6 points behind

Sports 02/10/19, 17:11

Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put in a superb performance as it still dropped points in a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish league on Sunday.Barcelona left San Mames Stadium six points ahead of Real Madrid, which moved past Atletico Madrid into second place by winning ...

In Argentina, 1 woman is challenging soccer’s status quo

Soccer 02/07/19, 02:02

Almost 90 years after men's soccer turned professional in Argentina, the women's game is still being played by amateur athletes who get little to no money for their work on the field.Macarena Sanchez wants to change that — now.The 27-year-old Sanchez is taking legal action against her club and the ...

Messi left out of starting lineup against Real Madrid

Soccer 02/06/19, 14:18

Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona's starting lineup for Wednesday's Copa del Rey semifinal match against Real Madrid.Messi picked up an unspecified injury in his right leg during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Valencia in the Spanish league.He returned to training with the team on Tuesday and had been ...

Barca silent on Messi injury, Madrid all fit for Copa semi

Soccer 02/05/19, 06:22

While Barcelona remains silent about Lionel Messi's health, Real Madrid reports its main concern is who to leave out for their Copa del Rey semifinal on Wednesday.The suspense about Messi's right leg injury entered a third day on Tuesday, with Barcelona still quiet about the full extent of the problem ...

Messi doesn’t practice ahead of ‘clasico’ because of injury

Soccer 02/04/19, 06:58

Lionel Messi has not practiced with his teammates on Monday, raising doubts about his presence in the Copa del Rey match against Real Madrid on Wednesday.Messi hurt his right leg in the 2-2 draw against Valencia in the Spanish league on Saturday and remains doubtful for Barcelona's home game against ...

Make or break: Barcelona and Real Madrid face decisive month

Soccer 02/04/19, 06:24

Real Madrid and Barcelona suddenly see themselves facing a critical series of games that could decide their fates this season.After being drawn to face each other in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey, the Spanish powerhouses will meet three times in less than a month, before and after other ...

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