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Football: Real Madrid beaten again as Atletico, Barca win

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their La Liga title hopes as a 2-1 win for Sevilla sent them crashing to a second defeat in four days on Wednesday. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca struck twice to give the hosts a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring. League leaders Atletico Madrid now lead Real by three points and have a better head-to-head record against Los Blancos as they beat Granada 1-0.

Football: Real Madrid beaten again as Atletico, Barca win

Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their La Liga title hopes as a 2-1 win for Sevilla sent them crashing to a second defeat in four days on Wednesday. Colombian striker Carlos Bacca struck twice to give the hosts a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring. League leaders Atletico Madrid now lead Real by three points and have a better head-to-head record against Los Blancos as they beat Granada 1-0.

Brazil unveil state-of-the-art World Cup base

By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 26 - Brazil unveiled on Wednesday the state-of-the-art training center they will use during this year's World Cup and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said the facilities could help them win the tournament for a record sixth time. "The players here will have much more than they have at their clubs and they will want for nothing," Scolari told reporters at the re-opening of the Granja Comary complex.

Football: Klinsmann names 22 players for USA-Mexico friendly

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a 22-man squad on Wednesday for the April 2 friendly against Mexico in Phoenix, Arizona. The match will be the United States' last friendly before their 2014 World Cup preparation camp, and Klinsmann acknowledged that World Cup hopefuls have little time left to make their case to play in Brazil. "Everyone knows the clock is ticking," Klinsmann said. "This is a huge opportunity for our players to show where they are at and to make their case.

Football: Knee injury rules Valdes out of World Cup

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was ruled out of the World Cup on Wednesday after suffering cruciate ligament damage in his right knee during his side's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who has signalled his indication to leave Barca at the end of the season, was seen was seen crying as he left the field after just 23 minutes on a stretcher after jarring his knee whilst lunging towards the ball. Valdes will also miss Spain's defence of their World Cup title in Brazil later this year.

Football: Maradona compares Argentine FA to Pakistan's

Football legend Diego Maradona has slammed the Argentine Football Association (AFA) by accusing those in charge of "understanding as much about football as Pakistan does". The 53-year-old won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina and coached the South Americans at South Africa 2010, where they crashed out with a 4-0 defeat to Germany in the quarter-finals. A footballing icon, Maradona won league titles in Spain, Italy and Argentina, but has never transferred his playing success to coaching.

Coaches, physicians for national football team to check players in Europe

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Coaches and physicians for the South Korean men's national football team will soon travel to Europe to check up on prospective members of the country's World Cup squad, an official said Wednesday.

Bayern ordered to partially close stadium against Manchester United

(Reuters) - Bayern Munich have been ordered to close part of their stadium for the Champions League match at home to Manchester United next month for "discriminatory behavior" by their supporters, UEFA said on Monday. Bayern will have to shut "Sector 124" of the Allianz Arena for the quarter-final second leg on April 9, UEFA said, although they gave no indication of which part of the stadium that section is located in or how many seats will be affected.

Football: Ronaldo comments spark 'cry baby' storm

Cristiano Ronaldo sparked a storm of criticism on Monday for condemning the referee who awarded three penalties in Barcelona's dramatic win over Real Madrid. Ronaldo said after the 4-3 Clasico defeat on Sunday night that referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco made "unbelievable" decisions and that unnamed forces wanted Barcelona in the title race. Barcelona players said the comments by the world player of the year were unjustified. Sport newspaper called Ronaldo a "cry baby".

Messi blows title race open with treble at Real

By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Lionel Messi blew the La Liga title race wide open when the unstoppable Argentina forward netted a hat-trick in a 4-3 comeback win for the champions at 10-man Real Madrid in an action-paced 'Clasico' on Sunday. Chasing a fifth title in six years, defeat for Barca at Real's Bernabeu stadium would have all-but killed off their challenge and they came out swinging and took a seventh-minute lead when playmaker Andres Iniesta burst clear on the left and lashed the ball into the roof of the net.
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