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 ...

UEFA charges Valencia’s Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card

Soccer 02/15/19, 13:56

UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.UEFA announced the case Friday, one day after opening an investigation into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a suspected similar offense.Players who provoke a yellow card to serve a one-game ...

European Soccer Weekend: What to watch in main competitions

Sports 02/14/19, 15:25

What to watch in the leading football competitions in Europe this weekend:SPAINThanks to a five-game winning streak, Real Madrid has closed the gap on Barcelona from 10 to six points in recent weeks and the second-place side hosts struggling Girona on Sunday.Girona is enduring a 13-game winless run in all ...

UEFA investigates Ramos over possibly intentional booking

Soccer 02/14/19, 12:22

UEFA is investigating reported comments by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that he intentionally got a yellow card to provoke a favorable Champions League ban.Ramos risks an additional one-game sanction — for a quarterfinals first-leg game — if UEFA decides his 90th-minute foul in a 2-1 win at Ajax on ...

Madrid’s Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration

Soccer 02/14/19, 12:05

Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid's ...

Atletico extends coach Simeone’s contract until 2022

Soccer 02/14/19, 11:21

Atletico Madrid says it has extended the contract of coach Diego Simeone until 2022.Simeone's current contract was set to expire at the end of next season.Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed.The 48-year-old Argentine coach played for Atletico as a defensive midfielder in the 1990s.He took over as ...

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 ...

Substitute Asensio strikes late, Real Madrid beats Ajax 2-1

Soccer 02/13/19, 17:07

Substitute Marco Asensio scored a late winner as defending champion Real Madrid beat Ajax 2-1 Wednesday in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Champions League.Asensio, was unmarked at the far post as he tapped in a cross from the right by Dani Cavajal in the 87th minute ...

Real Madrid enjoying winning run as Champions League returns

Soccer 02/10/19, 19:46

Three-time defending champion Real Madrid appears to have hit its stride again just in time for the return of the Champions League.The knockout stages begin Tuesday with Manchester United hosting Paris Saint-Germain and Porto going to Roma in the first leg of the round of 16 games.Madrid, confident after six ...

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 ...

Real Madrid wins Madrid derby and rises back to 2nd

Soccer 02/09/19, 12:43

In a derby marked by video review, Real Madrid defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Saturday to overcome the city rival in the Spanish league standings and return to second place for the first time since September.An overhead kick by Casemiro, a penalty kick converted by Sergio Ramos, and a second-half ...

Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics

Soccer 02/07/19, 07:50

It's not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player's great past with the club.Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player's current achievements.Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, ...

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 ...

Mourinho accepts guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain

Sports 02/05/19, 07:05

Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has received a one-year suspended sentence after reaching a guilty plea for tax fraud in Spain.Mourinho will not have to serve time after admitting he defrauded Spain authorities in 2011 and 2012. Sentences for two years or less for first-time offenders can be suspended ...

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 ...

Barcelona loses goalkeeper Cillessen to injury for 6 weeks

Soccer 02/01/19, 16:47

Barcelona says Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will be sidelined for about six weeks after injuring his right leg.The Spanish club says Cillessen tore a muscle while training on Friday.His injury means he will miss the Copa del Rey semifinal tie against Real Madrid set to start on Wednesday. The second ...

Barcelona to play Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semifinals

Soccer 02/01/19, 08:33

Barcelona and Real Madrid will play each other three times in less than a month after being drawn Friday to meet in the Copa del Rey semifinals.The first leg will be next week in Barcelona, with the return match in Madrid on Feb. 27, just before their Spanish league game ...

Red-hot Benzema leads Real Madrid back to Copa semifinals

Soccer 01/31/19, 17:45

With another great performance by Karim Benzema, Real Madrid secured a comfortable 3-1 win in its visit to Girona on Thursday to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the first time in five years.Madrid advanced 7-3 on aggregate having won the first leg 4-2 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium last ...

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