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Football: Atletico Madrid v Barcelona factfile

Factfile on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg tie on Wednesday: Form: Atletico continue to lead the way in La Liga with just six games remaining as despite being without top scorer Diego Costa and captain Gabi they did enough to squeeze out a 1-0 win over Villarreal on Saturday to secure a sixth straight league win. Barcelona remain on their heels just one point behind as they too laboured to 3-1 win over Real Betis at the weekend.

Football: Simeone counting on Calderon cauldron for Barca return

Diego Simeone has called on the Atletico Madrid fans to contribute to a memorable night as they host Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. The tie is level at 1-1 as Neymar's equaliser cancelled out Diego's incredible strike for Atletico to ensure there has still not been a winner in four meetings between the sides so far this season.

Football: Llorente brace as Juve restore eight-point lead

A brace from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente gave Juventus a 2-0 win over Livorno to restore their eight-point lead over Roma and edge the champions closer to a third consecutive scudetto on Monday. Roma's faint hopes of a first Serie A title since 2001 were given a boost by Juve's shock 2-0 loss to Napoli last week.

Cristiano Ronaldo back in Real Madrid lineup

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Striker Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Real Madrid lineup Monday as the Blancos prepared for the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund. The Portuguese international sat out the weekend La Liga match with Real Sociedad after leaving last week's first leg against Dortmund with an injury. Though playing hurt, Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid in the 3-0 rout of the German side, notching his 14th goal of the current edition of the European tourney to equal the mark set in 2011-2012 by Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

Placido Domingo honored for support of Spain's national soccer team

Las Rozas, Spain, Apr 7 (EFE).- Opera tenor Placido Domingo was visibly moved on Monday upon being awarded the gold medal with diamonds by the Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, for his support of the national team over 30 years. The award was presented by RFEF president Angel Maria Villar at a ceremony held at the federation's Soccer City complex in the Madrid suburb of Las Rozas.

Football: Atletico, Barca maintain title push with narrow wins

Barcelona remain just one point behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid as they overcame Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Atletico registered their sixth straight league win earlier in the day with a tense 1-0 victory over Villarreal. Lionel Messi put Barca in front from the penalty spot before Jordi Figueras' comical own goal doubled the hosts' advantage. Ruben Castro brought Betis back into the game moments later, but Messi killed the game off four minutes from time by slotting home the rebound after Antonio Adan had saved his second penalty of the day.

Football: Chelsea grab Euro boost with return to top

Chelsea returned to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win at home to Stoke on Saturday in a timely boost ahead of their do-or-die Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain. Jose Mourinho's side bounced back from their 3-1 midweek quarter-final first leg loss in Paris to move a point ahead of Liverpool, who will regain top spot if they avoid defeat away to West Ham on Sunday.

Football: Bayern suffer first league defeat in 54 matches

Bayern Munich suffered their first Bundesliga defeat since October 2012 on Saturday as their record 53-match unbeaten league run was ended by a 1-0 defeat at Augsburg. Coach Pep Guardiola named a weakened team for the Bavarian derby and paid the price as Bayern were beaten for the first time in the German league since going down 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen on October 28, 2012.

Football: Bale beauty keeps Madrid on Atletico, Barca's tails

Gareth Bale deputised ably for the injured Cristiano Ronaldo with a wonder strike from 35 yards as Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona with a 4-0 win away to Real Sociedad on Saturday. Atletico stay top, three points clear of third-placed Real, as they squeezed out a tense 1-0 win over Villarreal, whilst Barca remain in second after overcoming Real Betis 3-1 thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi.

Football: Atletico, Barca maintain title push with narrow wins

Barcelona remain just one point behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid as they overcame Real Betis 3-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Atletico registered their sixth straight league win earlier in the day with a tense 1-0 victory over Villarreal. Lionel Messi put Barca in front from the penalty spot before Jordi Figueras' comical own goal doubled the hosts' advantage. Ruben Castro brought Betis back into the game moments later, but Messi killed the game off four minutes from time by slotting home the rebound after Antonio Adan had saved his second penalty of the day.
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