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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.

Football: New Barcelona Camp Nou project gets go-ahead

A 600 million euro ($827 million) project to renovate Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium has been given the green light by the club's members after a referendum on Saturday. More than 72 percent of the 37,535 votes went in favour of the project, however there was an extremely low turnout of just 31.65 percent of those eligible to vote. The result is a victory for Barcelona's embattled board, led by recently appointed president Josep Maria Bartomeu, after a series of scandals that have hit the club over the past few months.

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 maintain title push with narrow Villarreal win

Atletico Madrid strengthened their position at the top of La Liga with a tense 1-0 win over Villarreal at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday. Raul Garcia headed home the only goal of the game after just 14 minutes from Koke's corner. However, without top scorer Diego Costa through injury, Atletico were forced to hold for long periods and were lucky to see Toby Alderweireld's sliced clearance fly just wide of his own goal a minute from time.

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 in 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 the league since losing 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen on October 28, 2012.

Football: City sink Saints to maintain title charge

Manchester City kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 4-1 win at home to Southampton in Saturday's early kick-of match. Victory saw City close to within a point of Liverpool with a game in hand and leapfrog Chelsea into second place. But Chelsea, who've also played one game more than City, will go a point clear at the top if they beat Stoke at Stamford Bridge later Saturday. Liverpool are away to West Ham on Sunday.

Ronaldo knee problem a concern for Portugal

By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - However much Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern, the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo limping off near the end of Wednesday's Champions League match will have set alarm bells ringing in his native Portugal. The national team captain, the leading marksman in both La Liga and the Champions League this term, will need to maintain his scintillating goal-scoring form if Portugal are to advance to the later stages of the World Cup finals in Brazil starting in June.

Barça to appeal FIFA sanctions

Barcelona, Apr 2 (EFE).- FC Barcelona said Wednesday it is prepared to challenge FIFA before the Court of Arbitration for Sport over the sanctions soccer's world governing body imposed on the club for infractions related to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18. Besides fining the club 450,000 Swiss francs ($508,000), the FIFA Disciplinary Committee barred Barça from signing players for two complete and consecutive transfer periods.
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