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Football: Last chance saloon for Barca, admits Martino

Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has admitted that his side need to beat Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday if they are to have any chance of retaining their La Liga title. Three defeats in their last seven La Liga games have left the Catalans four points behind leaders Madrid with just 10 games remaining. And with Real having not lost in any competition since the sides last met in October, Martino knows Barca have a unique opportunity to get themselves back into the title race.

Football: Five classic El Clasico clashes

Real Madrid meet Barcelona for the 227th time on Sunday in a potentially decisive clash in the La Liga title race as Real hold a four-point advantage over Barca with just 10 games remaining. Here, AFP Sports looks at five famous matches from the historic rivalry between Spain's two biggest clubs. Real Madrid 5 Barcelona 0 (La Liga, January 8, 1995)

Football: Five classic El Clasico clashes

Real Madrid meet Barcelona for the 227th time on Sunday in a potentially decisive clash in the La Liga title race as Real hold a four-point advantage over Barca with just 10 games remaining. Here, AFP Sports looks at five famous matches from the historic rivalry between Spain's two biggest clubs. Real Madrid 5 Barcelona 0 (La Liga, January 8, 1995)

Barça, Atletico to square off in Champions League quarterfinals

International Sports Desk, Mar 21 (EFE).- FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be the star match-up of the Champions League quarterfinals, while Friday's draw also produced a tantalizing clash between perennial powerhouses Manchester United and defending champion Bayern Munich. The other two contests will pit Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund in a rematch of last season's Champions semifinals, which the German club won in an upset, and Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea. The Madrid club holds the record with nine titles in soccer's biggest annual competition.

Barça, Atletico to square off in Champions League quarterfinals

International Sports Desk, Mar 21 (EFE).- FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will be the star match-up of the Champions League quarterfinals, while Friday's draw also produced a tantalizing clash between perennial powerhouses Manchester United and defending champion Bayern Munich. The other two contests will pit Real Madrid against Borussia Dortmund in a rematch of last season's Champions semifinals, which the German club won in an upset, and Paris Saint-Germain against Chelsea. The Madrid club holds the record with nine titles in soccer's biggest annual competition.

Football: Chelsea's Torres hints at Atletico return

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has potentially opened the door on a return to Atletico Madrid after expressing an interest in working under former team-mate Diego Simeone. "In football, you never know," he told the Friday editions of several British newspapers. "You don't know where you are going to be tomorrow, in a week's time, or in 10 years' time. "I've had a lot of admiration for 'Cholo' (Simeone), ever since we were team-mates. He taught me a lot in the seasons we played together at Atleti."

Football: Messi becomes Barca's all-time record scorer

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi became Barcelona's all-time leading goalscorer, including friendlies and unofficial matches, with a double against Osasuna on Sunday. The Argentine already held the club record for goals in official matches, but has now scored 370 goals for the Catalans in all to overtake Paulinho Alcantara who scored 369 goals in 357 games as a Barca player between 1912 and 1927. Messi opened the scoring at the Camp Nou with a lovely flicked finish from Alexis Sanchez's cross.

Football: Getafe and Granada share spoils in six-goal thriller

Getafe and Grenada played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in La Liga on Friday. The result did little to ease either side's relegation concerns, leaving Getafe just two points above the drop zone with Grenada three points above that. But it did at least provide entertainment for the fans in the Madrid suburbs. Ciprian Marica opened the scoring for the hosts on seven minutes but Riki equalised for the Andalusians 10 minutes from the break. Parity lasted only three minutes before Argentine Lisandro Lopez restored Getafe's advanatge.

Football: Napoli hopes in balance after Porto defeat

Rafael Benitez's hopes of winning the Europa League for a second consecutive season are in the balance after his Napoli side lost 1-0 to Porto in their last 16, first leg on Thursday. Spaniard Benitez, who won the trophy with Chelsea last year and also lifted the UEFA Cup with Valencia in 2004, will hope Napoli can overturn the deficit in next week's return after a Jackson Martinez strike gave Porto the upper hand.

Football: Barca and PSG ease into last eight

Four-time Champions League winners Barcelona and French champions Paris Saint Germain suffered few problems in reaching the quarter-finals of this season's competition on Wednesday. Barcelona -- who had come into their game on the back of some poor league form -- beat Manchester City, who had Pablo Zabaleta sent off, 2-1 for a 4-1 aggregate victory. While Barcelona's win saw them join domestic rivals Atletico Madrid in the last eight, City became the second English side in two nights to bow out, Arsenal having exited on Tuesday.
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