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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.

Cristiano in doubt for Champions clash, Real Madrid coach says

Madrid, Apr 7 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo may be kept out of the starting lineup for the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League quarterfinal against Borussia Dortmund, Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti said Monday. 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. Ronaldo did a low-intensity workout on Sunday, Ancelotti said.

World Cup to generate $27.7 bn in Brazil, government says

Sao Paulo, Apr 7 (EFE).- The Brazilian government forecasts that the 2014 soccer World Cup will generate around 62.1 billion reais ($27.7 billion) in revenues, three times what was injected into the country's economy during last year's Confederations Cup tourney. The estimate is based on a report published Monday by the Tourism Ministry concerning the economic impact of the Confederations Cup.

Brazil study forecasts Cup gains

World Cup-related spending will give Brazil a major shot in the arm, tripling a $4.2 billion contribution to the economy made at last year's Confederations Cup, a study by the Institute for Economic Research Foundation (FIPE) revealed Monday. The study for state tourist board Embratur estimated the June 12-July 13 tournament should more than triple last year's $4.2 billion gain which emanated from a total $9 billion spending at the Confederations Cup, a World Cup dress rehearsal.

Football: Real's Ronaldo breaks off training in Dortmund

Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final, second-leg against Borussia Dortmund after breaking off Monday's final training session with a knee injury. Ronaldo completed just 20 minutes of Real's final training session on the eve of Tuesday's match at Dortmund's Westfalenstadion having sat out Real's 4-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday to recover from the problem.

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.

Ronaldo magic to send Real past Dortmund into last four

By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to terrorize Borussia Dortmund's defense on Tuesday despite a niggle in his knee, and build on Real Madrid's 3-0 first leg advantage to book a spot in the Champions League last four. Real coach Carlo Ancelotti rested the Champions League top scorer for Saturday's 4-0 La Liga win at Real Sociedad that helped them keep pace with leaders Atletico Madrid and second-placed champions Barcelona.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo returns to practice

Madrid, Apr 6 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed this weekend's game against Real Sociedad due to a knee injury, returned to practice on Sunday with Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward was held out of Saturday's match to aid in his recovery, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. The Real Madrid star experienced injury scares in the matches against both Rayo Vallecano and Borussia Dortmund, tweaking his knee against the two rivals. Real Madrid held a closed practice Sunday as it prepares to face Borussia Dortmund again in the Champions League quarterfinals, the team said.

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: 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.
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