Messi scores hat trick to keep Barca 3 points clear in Spain

Soccer 12/16/18, 16:51

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and set up two more goals to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 victory at Levante on Sunday, restoring the defending champion's three-point lead of the Spanish league.Messi netted his 18th, 19th and 20th goals in all competitions this season after setting up Luis Suarez ...

Business as usual in Champions League? Maybe not this season

Soccer 12/13/18, 07:03

The usual pretenders topped their groups.Nearly all of the top teams advanced.Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers.Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League?Maybe not.While there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the biggest, richest clubs and the rest, there also appears ...

English teams edge Italians to advance in Champions League

Soccer 12/11/18, 18:22

It ended England 2, Italy 0 on a tense night of decisive Champions League group games on Tuesday.Liverpool advanced to the round of 16 by beating Napoli 1-0, though it relied on a stoppage-time save by goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Tottenham is also in Monday's draw after defying expectations in Barcelona ...

Tottenham advances to CL round of 16 after 1-1 draw at Barca

Soccer 12/11/18, 16:58

A late goal by substitute Lucas Moura sent Tottenham through to the Champions League's round of 16 after earning a 1-1 draw at Barcelona on Tuesday.Moura scored from a pass by Harry Kane in the 85th minute at Camp Nou, cancelling out a superb early solo goal by Barcelona's Ousmane ...

Messi scores twice from free kicks in Barca win vs Espanyol

Soccer 12/08/18, 17:29

Lionel Messi scored twice from free kicks in a league match for the first time in his career on Saturday, leading Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league.Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez also scored in the Catalan derby for Barcelona, which opened a three-point lead over ...

Copa Libertadores final: A sign of Argentina’s decadence

Soccer 12/05/18, 08:25

Argentina's proud soccer tradition has been sullied by its fervent, fanatical fans.The land of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona has won the World Cup twice, and it felt a sense of overwhelming pride in hosting perhaps the most important club final ever.But the second leg of the globally anticipated "Game ...

Homegrown talents make most of chances at Barcelona, Madrid

Soccer 12/02/18, 23:21

In the star-packed squads of Barcelona and Real Madrid, it's tough for talented youngsters to emerge from obscurity.Barcelona's Carles Alena and Madrid's Marcos Llorente made the most of their chances to shine on the weekend in the Spanish league, as both midfielders impressed in victories for their injury-hit teams.The 20-year-old ...

Barcelona puts pressure on Sevilla by beating Villarreal 2-0

Soccer 12/02/18, 14:55

Barcelona put pressure on Sevilla by beating Villarreal 2-0 to move temporarily at least to the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.Sevilla trails Barcelona by two points before visiting Alaves later.Injury-depleted Barcelona got goals from Gerard Pique and rarely used reserve player Carles Alena in each half at Camp ...

Late goal extends Barca’s unbeaten streak against Atletico

Soccer 11/24/18, 17:24

Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele, front, celebrates with Lionel Messi after ...

Betis deals Barcelona 1st home league loss in 2 years

Soccer 11/11/18, 15:45

Not even two goals by Lionel Messi could save Barcelona from its first Spanish league home defeat in more than two years on Sunday, when Real Betis won 4-3 at Camp Nou.Betis never trailed as it ended the Spanish leader's run of 42 unbeaten home games in the league that ...

Barcelona loses 4-3 to Betis despite 2 goals by Messi

Soccer 11/11/18, 13:36

Lionel Messi scored twice on his return from a broken arm but Barcelona conceded four goals and was reduced to 10 men in a 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi also helped set up a goal by substitute Arturo Vidal, but the league leaders ...

Argentine women fight against inequality in soccer

Sports 11/07/18, 11:23

In a country where the soccer conversation is overwhelmingly dominated by talk of Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona, female players in Argentina struggle to be heard.That's changing rapidly, however, and it's partly because of a picture that was widely shared on social media.The photo, taken in April before a Women's ...

Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

Sports 11/06/18, 19:32

With voting for the 2018 Ballon d'Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday.Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia ...

Messi-less Barcelona draws 1-1 at Inter after late goals

Soccer 11/06/18, 18:13

Lionel Messi once again watched from the sidelines and Barcelona's attack struggled without him as the Spanish side drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite dominating for large periods of the match.Messi had traveled with the team to Milan but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde opted ...

With 2 more goals, Suarez keeps Barca winning without Messi

Soccer 11/03/18, 18:51

Luis Suarez is making sure Barcelona keeps on winning without the injured Lionel Messi.Suarez came to the rescue of Barcelona on Saturday with a two-goal performance that included a 90th-minute winner to cap a 3-2 comeback at Rayo Vallecano.Suarez's double gives him six goals for Barcelona since Messi went down ...

Suarez scores 2 as Barca rallies late to beat Rayo 3-2

Soccer 11/03/18, 17:56

Luis Suarez netted his second goal of a 3-2 comeback win at Rayo Vallecano in the 90th minute on Saturday, extending his scoring run with Lionel Messi injured.Rayo was winning the Spanish league match 2-1 until the 87th when substitute Ousmane Dembele drilled in a headed back pass by defender ...

Valverde cautious with Lionel Messi’s return from injury

Soccer 11/02/18, 10:57

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says he will not rush Lionel Messi's return to action from a broken arm.Messi has been practicing with the rest of the squad only two weeks after breaking his right forearm, but Valverde says it's probably too early to have him back for the team's Champions ...

With Messi out, Suarez takes leadership role for Barcelona

Soccer 10/29/18, 01:46

Even though it ended up a blowout, there was a moment in Barcelona's 5-1 win over Real Madrid on Sunday when the result seemed in the balance.Madrid had just pulled a goal back after overcoming the control Barcelona had imposed to take a 2-0 lead into halftime, and the hosts ...

Suarez hat trick as Barcelona thrashes Real Madrid 5-1

Soccer 10/28/18, 13:13

Luis Suarez scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 5-1 rout of Real Madrid on Sunday, giving the defending champions the Spanish league lead and putting the future of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui in serious jeopardy.With the injured Lionel Messi watching from the Camp Nou stands, Suarez doubled ...

Barca outclasses Inter in 2-0 win without injured Messi

Soccer 10/24/18, 17:08

Rafinha filled in for the injured Lionel Messi by scoring the opening goal to lead Barcelona to a 2-0 victory over Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.Chosen by coach Ernesto Valverde to take Messi's place in the starting lineup, an inspired Rafinha recovered the ball to start an ...

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