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Football: Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat. Algerian Yacine Brahimi scored the only goal of the game after 16 minutes as Barca failed to find a way past the inspired Orestis Karnezis in the Granada goal. Just three days after being dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid, Barca trail Atletico by a point having played a game more and could end the night in third place should Real Madrid beat Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Football: Granada defeat leaves Barca's title hopes in tatters

Barcelona's La Liga title hopes suffered a huge blow as they lost 1-0 at Granada on Saturday to slip to a second consecutive defeat. Algerian Yacine Brahimi scored the only goal after 16 minutes as Barca failed to find a way past the inspired Orestis Karnezis in the Granada goal. Defeat rounds off an awful week for Barca as they were also dumped out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Football: Diego Costa back for Atletico's visit to Getafe

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will be able to welcome back top scorer Diego Costa from a hamstring injury when they travel to Getafe on Sunday. The Spanish international has missed Atletico's last two games, including their 1-0 win over Barcelona on Wednesday that saw them progress to the Champions League semi-finals.

Football: Ex-Argentina coach Bielsa closes in on Marseille job

Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa moved closer to taking charge at Marseille on Friday as he watched the slumping French giants against Montpellier in Ligue 1. The 58-year-old Bielsa, who has also coached Chile and Althletic Bilbao in Spain, took his seat 45 minutes before kick-off alongside Manuel Amoros, a former Marseille player, and Diego Reyes, who was his right-hand man at Bilbao. Bielsa is the favourite to succeed Jose Anigo, who took over from Elie Baup in December.

Real Madrid-Bayern, Atletico-Chelsea matched up in Champions semis

International Sports Desk, Apr 11 (EFE).- Real Madrid will take on Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will square off against Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals, which will get underway later this month. The matchups were determined Friday in a draw ceremony at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The first leg of the Atleti-Chelsea semifinal will be played on Tuesday, April 22, at Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid, while the second leg will be played at Stamford Bridge in London on Wednesday, April 30.

Football: Barca in need of La Liga boost after European exit

Reigning La Liga champions Barcelona will need to recover quickly to maintain hopes of retaining their title as they travel to Granada on Saturday just three days after being dumped out the Champions League by Atletico Madrid. The Catalans also trail Atletico by a point at the top of the table with just six games remaining, but continue to have matters in their own hands as they meet Los Rojiblancos for the sixth time this season on the final day of the campaign.

Real Madrid's Ronaldo suffers hamstring injury

Madrid, Apr 10 (EFE).- Real Madrid said new tests showed Cristiano Ronaldo has sustained a left hamstring injury but did not indicate how much longer the star forward would be out of action. "Medical tests performed on Cristiano Ronaldo have revealed an injury to the player's left biceps femoris muscle. Pending a medical evaluation," the team said in a brief medical update Thursday on its Web site.

Football: Guardiola hails 'best' hour at Bayern

Pep Guardiola has hailed his "best" hour at Bayern Munich after steering the holders to the Champions League's semi-finals as they bid to reach their fourth final in five years. Holders Bayern had to come from behind before romping to a 3-1 victory at home to Manchester United at Munich's Allianz Arena in Wednesday's quarter-final, second-leg to win the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Football: Five reasons Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Atletico Madrid sealed an historic triumph over Barcelona on Wednesday as they progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 aggregate victory over the four-time European champions. Here, AFP sports looks at how Diego Simeone's men overcame the Catalans. 1. Solid defence Atletico's organisation and defensive resolve has been the bedrock of the club's revival since Simeone took charge two-and-a-half years ago.

Atletico, Bayern advance to Champions League semifinals

Madrid, Apr 9 (EFE).- An inspired Atletico Madrid advanced to the final four of the Champions League with a 1-0 home victory here over FC Barcelona in Wednesday's second leg of their quarterfinal clash. Atleti, which tallied a 2-1 victory on aggregate, came out bursting with intensity at Vicente Calderon Stadium and was rewarded in the 6th minute when midfielder Koke booted in a perfectly placed pass off the head of Adrian Lopez, who had replaced injured striker Diego Costa in the starting lineup.
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