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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-Aduriz hat-trick helps Bilbao hammer Barca 4-0

Soccer-Aduriz hat-trick helps Bilbao hammer Barca 4-0

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BILBAO, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Aritz Aduriz's second half hat-trick sent Barcelona spinning to a shock 4-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Friday.

An under-strength Barca side were seeking their fifth trophy of the year yet went behind after a stunning drive from the centre circle by Mikel San Jose sailed over keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen after 13 minutes.

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Soccer-Villarreal agree Soldado signing from Spurs

Soccer-Villarreal agree Soldado signing from Spurs

BARCELONA, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Villarreal have reached an agreement to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado in a deal worth a reported 10 million euros ($11.12 million), the Spanish club confirmed on Friday.

The 30-year-old Spaniard returns to Spain after a disappointing spell in the Premier League where he failed to live up to his 26-million-pound ($40.68-million) transfer fee from Valencia two years ago. His record for Spurs was 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

"Villarreal & Tottenham Hotspur have agreed the transfer of Spanish forward Roberto Soldado," read a statement on the Villarreal website (www.villarrealcf.es).

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Soccer-Barca defender Douglas faces two-month injury layoff

Soccer-Barca defender Douglas faces two-month injury layoff

July 29 (Reuters) – Barcelona fullback Douglas has suffered a hamstring injury that is likely to keep him out for two months, the club said on Wednesday.

The Brazilian, who was given little playing time by coach Luis Enrique last season, went off in the first half of Barca's friendly defeat on penalties by Chelsea during their tour of the U.S on Tuesday.

"He has a hamstring injury to his right leg. The estimated time for recovery is around eight weeks," the club said in a statement.

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Soccer-Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated whistles

Soccer-Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated whistles

BARCELONA, July 27 (Reuters) – Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao & the Spanish football federation face fines over politically- motivated whistles & banners during last season's King's Cup final at the Nou Camp, the Spanish government said on Monday.

The national anthem was drowned out & there were anti-Spanish flags & chants from the crowd during the match won by Barca last May.

The clubs come from the separatist regions of Catalonia & the Basque Country & both had been warned that they could be punished if they did not control their supporters.

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Soccer-Bartomeu re-elected as Barcelona president

Soccer-Bartomeu re-elected as Barcelona president

BARCELONA, July 18 (Reuters) – Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu was re-elected to lead the treble winners for the next six years after a vote on Saturday, beating former incumbent Joan Laporta.

Bartomeu endured a turbulent spell at the helm having taken over in January 2014 from Sandro Rosell who stood down following the Neymar transfer scandal.

But buoyed by Barca's victory in the Champions League along with triumphs in La Liga & the King's Cup, Bartomeu saw off the challenge from Laporta, president of the Catalan club from 2003 to 2010. (Reporting by Tim Hanlon; editing by Justin Palmer)

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Soccer-Rodrigo completes Valencia move

Soccer-Rodrigo completes Valencia move

BARCELONA, June 15 (Reuters) – Valencia have completed the signing of Rodrigo Moreno who spent last season on loan from Benfica for a reported fee of 30 million euros ($33.7 million), the club said on Monday.

The deal to bring in the 24-year-old forward was a further show of intent by billionaire owner Peter Lim who aims to make Valencia one of the top sides in Europe.

Rodrigo arrived on loan ahead of the last campaign as did several other players as Lim completed his purchase of the club.

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Soccer-Rodrigo completes Valencia move

Soccer-Rodrigo completes Valencia move

BARCELONA, June 15 (Reuters) – Valencia have completed the signing of Rodrigo Moreno who spent last season on loan from Benfica for a reported fee of 30 million euros ($33.7 million), the club said on Monday.

The deal to bring in the 24-year-old forward was a further show of intent by billionaire owner Peter Lim who aims to make Valencia one of the top sides in Europe.

Rodrigo arrived on loan ahead of the last campaign as did several other players as Lim completed his purchase of the club.

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Soccer-Benzema to make Real return in Valencia clash – Ancelotti

Soccer-Benzema to make Real return in Valencia clash - Ancelotti

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MADRID, May 8 (Reuters) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will be in their squad to face Valencia in La Liga on Saturday yet may not be fit to start, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.

Real's injury worries are starting to ease with Benzema following Gareth Bale back into the squad, as Ancelotti's side continue their pursuit of Barcelona at the top of the table.

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