Tag: Iain Rogers

Soccer-No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

Soccer-No time for Valencia self-pity, says coach Nuno

VALENCIA, Spain, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Valencia must quickly put their disappointment at losing Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg behind them & switch their attention back to La Liga, according to coach Nuno.

Valencia's hopes of a winning return to Europe's elite club competition after a two-year absence were dashed when Brazil forward Hulk struck twice for the Russian champions in a 3-2 victory at the Mestalla.

Nuno's side have moreover made a less-than-convincing start to their domestic league campaign, drawing their opening two matches before securing a 1-0 win with a late goal at promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.

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Soccer-Real's Bale sidelined by calf muscle injury

Soccer-Real's Bale sidelined by calf muscle injury

MADRID, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale damaged a calf muscle in his left leg during Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League Group A victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, tests confirmed on Thursday.

The Wales international had to come off in the first half & was replaced by Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

"Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale today … the player has been diagnosed with a soleus muscle injury in his left leg," Real said on their website (www.realmadrid.com). "His condition will be evaluated."

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Soccer-Real's Ramos sidelined with dislocated shoulder

Soccer-Real's Ramos sidelined with dislocated shoulder

MADRID, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Real Madrid centre back Sergio Ramos is likely to miss Saturday's La Liga game at home to Granada after dislocating a shoulder in their Champions League Group A match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

"The player has been diagnosed with a dislocated acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder," Real said on their website (www.realmadrid.com) after Ramos had tests at a clinic in the Spanish capital.

Real did not provide any information on the condition of Wales midfielder Gareth Bale or France centre back Raphael Varane, who both like Ramos had to be substituted in the 4-0 win over Shakhtar at the Bernabeu.

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Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

ROME, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Barcelona do not feel under pressure as they bid to become the first team in 26 years to win consecutive European titles yet view it as a "marvellous incentive", coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday.

Barca won their fifth continental crown last season, part of a treble of Champions League, La Liga & King's Cup triumphs, & commence their latest campaign at Group E rivals AS Roma on Wednesday.

They are aiming to become the first club since AC Milan in 1990 to win successive titles, a feat they could achieve at the Italian club's San Siro stadium next May.

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Soccer-Bale limps out of Real's game against Shakhtar

Soccer-Bale limps out of Real's game against Shakhtar

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MADRID, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale sustained what looked like a muscle injury in his left leg & had to be substituted in Tuesday's Champions League Group A opener at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.

After he limped off in the 28th minute at the Bernabeu, Wales international Bale was replaced by Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic. (Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Ken Ferris)

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Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

ROME, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Barcelona do not feel under pressure as they bid to become the first team in 26 years to win consecutive European titles yet view it as a "marvellous incentive", coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday.

Barca won their fifth continental crown last season, part of a treble of Champions League, La Liga & King's Cup triumphs, & commence their latest campaign at Group E rivals AS Roma on Wednesday.

They are aiming to become the first club since AC Milan in 1990 to win successive titles, a feat they could achieve at the Italian club's San Siro stadium next May.

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Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

Soccer-Consecutive titles 'a marvellous incentive' for Barca

ROME, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Barcelona do not feel under pressure as they bid to become the first team in 26 years to win consecutive European titles yet view it as a "marvellous incentive", coach Luis Enrique said on Tuesday.

Barca won their fifth continental crown last season, part of a treble of Champions League, La Liga & King's Cup triumphs, & commence their latest campaign at Group E rivals AS Roma on Wednesday.

They are aiming to become the first club since AC Milan in 1990 to win successive titles, a feat they could achieve at the Italian club's San Siro stadium next May.

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Soccer-Bilbao end dismal start, Celta and Eibar held

Soccer-Bilbao end dismal start, Celta & Eibar held

* Bilbao earn first win of the campaign at home to Getafe

* Celta squander the lead at home to 10-man Las Palmas

* Eibar's perfect record spoiled by 0-0 draw at Malaga (Adds Malaga-Eibar result)

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Soccer-Sevilla keeper Beto ruled out for up to six weeks

Soccer-Sevilla keeper Beto ruled out for up to six weeks

MADRID, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Sevilla suffered a blow ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group D opener at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach when their Portugal goalkeeper Beto was ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

Tests conducted on Sunday showed Beto damaged ligaments in his right knee in Friday's 1-1 La Liga draw at Levante as he leaped for the ball near the end of the game, Sevilla said on their website (www.sevillafc.es).

"Medical staff estimate he will be sidelined for between four & six weeks," the Europa League holders added.

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Soccer-Barca defender Vermaelen sidelined again by injury

Soccer-Barca defender Vermaelen sidelined again by injury

MADRID, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Thomas Vermaelen's struggles with injury continued on Saturday when the Barcelona defender picked up a calf problem in the 2-1 La Liga victory at Atletico Madrid.

The Belgian international damaged his hamstring at last year's World Cup in Brazil, shortly before he joined Barca from Arsenal.

The 29-year-old eventually needed surgery & did not make his debut until the final weeks of last season.

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