Atletico Madrid moved 10 points clear of city rivals Real and tightened their grip on second place in La Liga with a battling 1-0 victory away to Eibar in the pouring rain on Saturday evening.
Atleti started the stronger and took a deserved lead through Kevin Gameiro after some wonderful build-up play and that should have been the catalyst for a comfortable win as they dominated possession and chances.
However, after the break the home side dominated, and aerially bombarded Los Rojiblancos....
Real Madrid director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno says he expects a "dangerous" tie against neighbours Leganes in their upcoming Copa del Rey quarterfinal clash.
In the first leg next week, Zinedine Zidane's struggling side will make the short trip to take on a Leganes team who are currently ninth in the La Liga table, and eliminated Villarreal on away goals in the round of 16 to reach this stage of the competition for the first time in their history.
BARCELONA -- Jordi Alba labelled Lionel Messi "the best player in the world by a distance" after the two combined for three of Barcelona's goals as the Catalans thumped Celta Vigo 5-0 to reach the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
Messi scored twice, with Alba, Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic also on target as Barca won 6-1 on aggregate and extended their unbeaten streak to 28 matches in all competitions.
Alba set up both of Messi's goals in two first-half minutes before the Argentine returned the favour,...
Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba showed their special connection once more, combining for the first three goals as Barcelona thrashed Celta Vigo 5-0 (6-1 on aggregate) to sail into the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.
The Catalans have lifted the trophy a record 29 times and have won it the last three seasons running, and they showed no willingness to let their grip on the cup slip with a sensational display at Camp Nou against a sorry Celta side, tired from their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday.
Lionel Messi scored twice as holders Barcelona cruised into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey with a 5-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Thursday night.
The tie was delicately poised at 1-1 after a first leg in which Celta played extremely well against, admittedly, an under-strength Barca team but Ernesto Valverde recalled the likes of Jordi Alba, Andres Iniesta, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi for the return match and the Catalans blitzed their opponents with an utterly dominant first-half...