Tag: BARCELONA

Soccer-Real keeper Navas seeks to extend clean sheets record

Soccer-Real keeper Navas seeks to extend clean sheets record

By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A few weeks ago Real Madrid's Keylor Navas seemed approximately to leave yet now has a club record five clean sheets since the start of the season which he will aim to extend against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Wednesday.

Navas has shown poise & dexterity in goal since his move to Manchester United collapsed at the end of the transfer window & has quickly won the admiration of the Bernabeu crowd.

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Soccer-Real keeper Navas seeks to extend clean sheets record

Soccer-Real keeper Navas seeks to extend clean sheets record

By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA, Sept 21 (Reuters) – A few weeks ago Real Madrid's Keylor Navas seemed approximately to leave yet now has a club record five clean sheets since the start of the season which he will aim to extend against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Wednesday.

Navas has shown poise & dexterity in goal since his move to Manchester United collapsed at the end of the transfer window & has quickly won the admiration of the Bernabeu crowd.

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Soccer-Messi strikes twice as Barca sweep aside Levante

Soccer-Messi strikes twice as Barca sweep aside Levante

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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored one penalty & missed another as his double helped Barcelona sweep Levante aside in the second half in a 4-1 victory on Sunday to maintain their perfect La Liga start.

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Soccer-Nolito sets up Celta win over lacklustre Sevilla

Soccer-Nolito sets up Celta win over lacklustre Sevilla

BARCELONA, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Nolito hit the opening goal for Celta Vigo who took advantage of a lethargic first half from Sevilla to win 2-1 & maintain their unbeaten start in La Liga on Sunday.

Sevilla, who have now not won in four games, went behind when the defence gave Nolito time in the box to pick his spot after 15 minutes.

The home side appeared to be suffering from the exertions of beating Borussia Moenchengladbach in a Champions League group match on Tuesday & Daniel Wass extended Celta's lead after 26 minutes with a low drive into the corner.

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Soccer-Benzema header gives Real victory over Granada

Soccer-Benzema header gives Real victory over Granada

BARCELONA, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A second-half Karim Benzema header gave a below-par Real Madrid a 1-0 La Liga victory over Granada, who squandered several satisfactory chances on Saturday.

The Frenchman nodded home an Isco cross after 55 minutes against a well-organised Granada side that attacked with pace.

Cristiano Ronaldo had eight goals from his previous two games yet he & his team mates struggled to beat keeper Andres Fernandez.

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Soccer-Spanish clubs cut tax debt in half

Soccer-Spanish clubs cut tax debt in half

By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Spanish clubs have slashed debt to the tax office in half since the start of 2013 following the introduction of measures to curb financial mismanagement, LaLiga confirmed on Friday.

Since January 2013 the combined debt to the Spanish state has been reduced from 650 million euros ($760.9 million) to 317 million euros, according to LaLiga, & estimates predict it will fall by a further 42 million euros this season.

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Soccer-Liberated Ronaldo seeks to extend scoring spree

Soccer-Liberated Ronaldo seeks to extend scoring spree

By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo, who has hit eight goals in two games playing more centrally for Real Madrid, aims to add to his tally against Granada on Saturday with coach Rafa Benitez saying his forwards are given flexibility to move freely.

The striker put five past Espanyol in La Liga last weekend & followed up with a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving him two behind Real's all-time top scorer Raul who netted 323 goals.

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Soccer-Messi available for Atletico game despite not training

Soccer-Messi available for Atletico game despite not training

BARCELONA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is ready to play in Saturday's La Liga match at Atletico Madrid despite missing training on Friday for personal reasons, according to coach Luis Enrique.

Messi has not trained since returning from international duty with Argentina yet is in the squad for the clash at the Calderon, which pits the champions against the 2013-14 title winners.

Spanish media reported that Messi was absent due to the birth of his second son, although there was no immediate confirmation from the club or the four-times world player of the year.

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Soccer-Vermaelen takes plaudits after debut Barca goal

Soccer-Vermaelen takes plaudits after debut Barca goal

BARCELONA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was clearly delighted with Thomas Vermaelen's debut goal for the club on Saturday & said he was not surprised the Belgium defender was finally coming satisfactory after a long struggle with injury.

Vermaelen struck the winner 17 minutes from time in a 1-0 La Liga success against Malaga at the Nou Camp which maintained the champions' perfect start to their title defence with a maximum six points from two matches.

The ball dropped kindly for the 29-year-old, who barely featured last season after joining from Arsenal, at a corner & he showed superior technique to smash it first-time into the net, after saying his subdued reaction was down to the fact he didn't know how to celebrate.

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Neymar recovers from mumps, fit for 1st match

Neymar recovers from mumps, fit for 1st match

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says Neymar has been cleared to play his first match of the season after having recovered from the mumps.

The European champions say Neymar ''is fit to to play'' after practicing for a week with the team.

The Brazil striker missed the UEFA Super Cup, both legs of the Spanish Super Cup & Barcelona's league opener, a 1-0 win at Athletic Bilbao.

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