Lopetegui remains under pressure as Madrid edges Plzen 2-1

Soccer 10/23/18, 17:13

Real Madrid beat Viktoria Plzen 2-1 in the group stage of the Champions League on Tuesday in a narrow victory that did little to ease the pressure on embattled coach Julen Lopetegui.Karim Benzema and Marcelo scored a goal in each half for Madrid as the three-time defending European champions ended ...

Madrid players behind Lopetegui after calls for change

Soccer 10/22/18, 12:10

Most Real Madrid fans have lost their patience with Julen Lopetegui, but the coach still has his players behind him.Lopetegui is under fire with Madrid on a five-game winless streak that included its longest scoring drought ever. Fans loudly jeered the team and coach after Saturday's 2-1 home loss to ...

Madrid needs win in Champions League, Ronaldo back at United

Soccer 10/22/18, 00:32

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid is in crisis after four defeats in five games as it returns to the Champions League on Tuesday.The question hanging over Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Viktoria Plzen's visit is whether club president Florentino Perez has already had enough of Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui.The former Spain ...

Lopetegui booed as Madrid suffers worst scoring drought

Soccer 10/20/18, 13:03

After seeing their team suffer its worst scoring drought and lose for the fourth time in five matches, Real Madrid fans ran out of patience.They loudly jeered coach Julen Lopetegui and his players after Madrid reached 481 minutes without finding the net in losing to Levante 2-1 at home in ...

Real Madrid loses again after its worst scoring drought

Soccer 10/20/18, 09:22

Real Madrid reached the worst scoring drought in its history in a 2-1 home loss to Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday.Julen Lopetegui's team went more than 465 minutes without finding the net before Marcelo ended the streak in the second half at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid hadn't scored in ...

Power failure: Leading teams struggle across European soccer

Soccer 10/19/18, 10:11

Glance across the European soccer standings and there is an unfamiliar look.At least one powerhouse team in each of the five biggest domestic leagues is finding it much tougher to challenge for the title two months into the season.Associated Press writers across Europe take a look at the struggles of ...

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

Soccer 10/18/18, 13:37

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:SPAINReal Madrid and Barcelona hope the international break will help them turn things around in Spain.Barcelona hasn't won in four straight league games, while Madrid is winless in four matches in all competitions.Second-place Barcelona hosts leader Sevilla on Saturday, ...

Portugal keeps winning in Nations League without Ronaldo

Soccer 10/11/18, 17:26

No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem.European champion Portugal sparkled on Thursday despite the absence of its star forward, defeating Poland to move a step closer to the last four of the UEFA Nations League.With young Sevilla striker Andre Silva scoring again, Portugal won 3-2 in Chorzow to take control of Group ...

Like Real Madrid, Portugal has to cope without Ronaldo

Soccer 10/10/18, 09:22

It's not only Real Madrid that has to adapt to life without Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal's national soccer team also has had to cope without the star forward as he takes a break from international duty following his transfer to Juventus and amid a rape allegation against him.Ronaldo hasn't been called up ...

Sevilla looking like a strong title candidate in Spain

Soccer 10/08/18, 11:31

While Barcelona and Real Madrid struggle, Sevilla has its attack clicking and its defense ticking.The result is first place in the Spanish league and a real hope that this could be Sevilla's year to topple the powerhouses."We are taking advantage of our chances and we are playing with confidence," Sevilla ...

Lopetegui under pressure amid Real Madrid scoring drought

Soccer 10/08/18, 04:09

It looked like a no-brainer at the time. Which coach wouldn't jump at the chance to lead star-packed and wealthy Real Madrid?But four months later Julen Lopetegui may be ruing the day the club's president Florentino Perez made him an offer that he just couldn't refuse.Not only did his decision ...

Bale, Benzema join Real Madrid’s list of injured players

Soccer 10/06/18, 18:00

Real Madrid's injuries keep mounting after Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had to be substituted on Saturday in the 1-0 loss at Alaves.Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says both forwards needed to leave the match because of unspecified injuries.Benzema did not start the second half, while Bale was replaced late after ...

Madrid loses at Alaves on last-gasp goal, winless in 4 games

Soccer 10/06/18, 08:48

A last-gasp goal by Alaves dealt Real Madrid a 1-0 defeat in the Spanish league on Saturday, extending the scoring drought afflicting the European champion to four straight matches.Manu Garcia headed in a pass by fellow substitute Ruben Sobrino from a corner kick on the last touch of the match ...

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa out with left leg injury

Soccer 10/05/18, 13:15

Atletico Madrid says striker Diego Costa has been sidelined because of a left thigh muscle injury.Atletico say tests on Friday confirmed an unspecified injury that forced Costa on Wednesday to be substituted in the second half of the 3-1 win over Club Brugge in the Champions League.The club did not ...

Struggling Barcelona, Madrid leave Spanish league wide open

Soccer 10/04/18, 12:38

With Real Madrid and Barcelona faltering, the Spanish league is wide open.For the first time in nearly two decades, only 10 points separate the leaders and the last-place team after seven matches. Not since the 1999-2000 season was the gap so small.At the top, only three points separate the first ...

Misfiring Madrid stumbles again; Juve wins without Ronaldo

Soccer 10/02/18, 18:09

Real Madrid is having trouble scoring with Cristiano Ronaldo no longer on the team. His new club, Juventus, did just fine without him on Tuesday.For the first time in more than a decade, Madrid has gone three straight games without a goal after losing 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in an ...

Real Madrid’s poor form continues with loss at CSKA Moscow

Soccer 10/02/18, 17:17

Real Madrid failed to score for the third straight game as it slumped to a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.With Sergio Ramos rested, the reigning European champion's defense seemed disjointed and it conceded as early as the second minute when CSKA's Nikola ...

Barcelona’s memories of Wembley highlight European failure

Soccer 10/02/18, 00:39

When Barcelona plays Tottenham on Wednesday it will bring back fond memories for the Catalan soccer giant.With continuing uncertainty over when the rebuilding of White Hart Lane will be finished, Tottenham is still playing its home matches at Wembley — England's national stadium.Barcelona won the Champions League title at Wembley ...

Russia goalkeeper Akinfeev ends 15-year national team duty

Soccer 10/01/18, 08:28

Igor Akinfeev, whose penalty shootout saves helped host Russia eliminate Spain from the World Cup, has retired from the national team.The 32-year-old Akinfeev says it is a "logical conclusion" after 111 appearances over 15 years. He made his debut within weeks of his 18th birthday.Akinfeev says he wants to concentrate ...

Madrid and Atletico draw in derby, Barcelona stays ahead

Soccer 09/29/18, 17:18

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid played to a scoreless draw in the first Spanish league derby of the season on Saturday, allowing Barcelona to retain its lead despite a third consecutive setback.Barcelona was held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 at Camp Nou Stadium after resting Lionel Messi for most of ...

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