Luka Modric - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Luka Modric Barcelona, Madrid win as Liga title race nears climax BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Real Madrid maintained their neck-and-neck title race in the Spanish league on Saturday, when both teams won to stay level on points at the top. Luis Suarez scored twice and Lionel Messi set up another goal to give Barcelona a 3-0 victory at crosstown rival Espanyol, while Real Madrid needed a late strike by Marcelo after Cristiano Ronal... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:26:00 GMT 2017-04-29T22:26:00Z Messi gets 500th career goal for Barca in 3-2 win vs Madrid MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal for Barcelona to give the Catalan club a dramatic 3-2 win in injury time against 10-man Real Madrid in the "clasico" on Sunday, leaving the Spanish league title race wide open. Messi netted his milestone goal — his second of the night — with a low left-foot shot from inside the area after a cross by ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 01:15:00 GMT 2017-04-24T01:15:00Z Barcelona returns to Bernabeu with title race on the line MADRID (AP) — The last time Barcelona played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium it gave Real Madrid a 4-0 thrashing that left the hosts in crisis and set the Catalan club on track to winning its second straight Spanish league title. That stunning result eventually led to the replacement of coach Rafa Benitez by Zinedine Zidane, the former Madrid and France ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:32:00 GMT 2017-04-20T09:32:00Z Croatia tops table with 1-0 win over Ukraine, Iceland 2nd ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia took control of Group I in the 2018 World Cup qualifying with a 1-0 victory over Ukraine as their fans had a first chance to celebrate a victory at the Maksimir Stadium. It was the first home match Croatia was allowed to play in front of their fans in the campaign. FIFA had ordered the stadium in the capital to be closed to ... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:58:00 GMT 2017-03-24T21:58:00Z Maradona to try to give Napoli a boost against Real Madrid MADRID (AP) — Diego Maradona couldn't do much on the field to keep Napoli from being eliminated by Real Madrid the last time the teams met in a European competition. Almost 30 years later, though, he will be at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium trying to cheer the Italian club to its greatest Champions League achievement. Maradona was Napol... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:50:00 GMT 2017-02-14T14:50:00Z Ronaldo to carry the load for Madrid against Napoli MADRID (AP) — With Gareth Bale not fully fit and Karim Benzema still struggling, it will be Cristiano Ronaldo again carrying the load for Real Madrid in the Champions League. And that shouldn't be a problem for the defending champions — Ronaldo has scored in every last 16 game he has played with Madrid the last five seasons, with 14 goals in total. ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:36:00 GMT 2017-02-14T14:36:00Z Celta ousts Real Madrid from Copa del Rey quarterfinals MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo pulled off another major upset in the Copa del Rey, eliminating Real Madrid with a 2-2 home draw on Wednesday to reach the semifinals for the second straight season. A year after ousting Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals, Celta knocked Real Madrid out at the same stage with a 4-3 aggregate victory. It had stunned the Spanish powerhouse with 2-1 wi... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:11:00 GMT 2017-01-25T23:11:00Z Facing elimination, Zidane hopes to turn jeers into cheers MADRID (AP) — The negativity coming from the Real Madrid fans seems to be weighing on Zinedine Zidane. Madrid leads the Spanish league, but the team was jeered despite beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday. Both goals came from set-pieces scored by Sergio Ramos, and they came less than a week after the team lost at home to Celta Vigo 2-1 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:54:00 GMT 2017-01-24T15:54:00Z Real Madrid loses Marcelo and Modric because of injures MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid defender Marcelo and midfielder Luka Modric will be sidelined because of muscle injuries, the club said Monday. Marcelo hurt his left hamstring in Saturday's 2-1 win against Malaga in the Spanish league. The club didn't say how long the Brazil left back will be sidelined, but the injury should keep him out of action for about a month. ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:43:00 GMT 2017-01-23T15:43:00Z Ramos scores twice, keeps Madrid ahead in Spanish league MADRID (AP) — With a pair of goals by defender Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid rebounded from two straight losses to beat Malaga 2-1 Saturday and guarantee first place at the halfway point of the Spanish league. Ramos, coming off a difficult stretch in which he scored an own goal and was criticized for provoking opposing fans, scored twice in the first half to ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:13:00 GMT 2017-01-21T22:13:00Z Madrid to rest Ronaldo in Copa del Rey match against Sevilla MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not use Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday. Zidane will also rest Luka Modric when Madrid tries to defend a 3-0 win from the first leg. Madrid can advance to the quarterfinals even with a two-goal loss at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Rona... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-01-11T14:26:00Z Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time ZURICH (AP) — Capping what he called the best year of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo won his fourth FIFA best player award on Monday. The double European champion with Portugal and Real Madrid beat great rival Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to complete a sweep of top individual awards. "It was a year that was magnificent at a persona... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-01-09T20:48:00Z Real Madrid matches Barcelona's record of 39 unbeaten games MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid tied Barcelona's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga on Saturday. Francisco "Isco" Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Casemiro added on at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Madrid was six points ahead of second-place Barcelona, which pl... Sat, 07 Jan 2017 22:14:00 GMT 2017-01-07T22:14:00Z James Rodriguez comes through for Madrid in Copa del Rey win MADRID (AP) — James Rodriguez made the most of a rare start for Real Madrid on Wednesday, scoring twice in a convincing 3-0 win over Sevilla in a first-leg match in the Copa del Rey's Round of 16. Less than a month after he called for more playing time and said he might leave the club if things didn't change, the Colombian midfielder got to start at the Santiago Bernabeu. An... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:35:00 GMT 2017-01-04T23:35:00Z Ronaldo takes a jibe at video replay at Club World Cup YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored late, and then took a shot at FIFA's new video replay system. The Portugal forward put in an injury-time goal Thursday to help Real Madrid beat Club America 2-0 and earn a spot in the Club World Cup final. But after Ronaldo scored, referee Enrique Caceres appeared to ask for confirmation f... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:37:00 GMT 2016-12-15T15:37:00Z Real Madrid prepares to contest Club World Cup in Japan YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Real Madrid arrived in Japan and went straight to work. Madrid arrived in Tokyo on Monday at 5 a.m. and was greeted by about 300 Japanese fans at Haneda airport before boarding a team bus. The Spanish club held a light training session in the evening and has a couple of days to overcome jet lag before Thursday's Club World Cup semifinal match against M... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 12:06:00 GMT 2016-12-12T12:06:00Z Real Madrid sets club record with 35 games without a loss BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid set a new club record after a 35th consecutive match without a loss by beating Deportivo La Coruna 3-2 on another Sergio Ramos stoppage-time winner on Saturday. Ramos, who scored an injury-time equalizer at Barcelona in the last round, headed in a corner kick after 90 minutes were up to maintain Madrid's six-point lead over Barcelona atop ... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:40:00 GMT 2016-12-10T22:40:00Z Neymar out, Arda Turan has another chance for Barcelona BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Fresh off scoring a hat trick, Turkey midfielder Arda Turan is hoping for another chance to prove he can play alongside Barcelona's best. With Neymar suspended for Saturday's Spanish league match at Osasuna, Turan is likely to take his spot next to Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the defending champion's vaunted attack. ... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:06:00 GMT 2016-12-09T16:06:00Z Ronaldo, Benzema & Modric rested for Madrid vs. Deportivo MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have not been included in Real Madrid's squad for Saturday's Spanish league match against Deportivo La Coruna. That means Madrid will be missing all three of its first-choice forwards, with Gareth Bale recovering from a foot injury. Coach Zinedine Zidane also dropped his best midfielder,... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:56:00 GMT 2016-12-09T13:56:00Z Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Eleven months and one Champions League title la... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:42:00 GMT 2016-12-08T16:42:00Z Red-hot Madrid celebrates 'win' over Barcelona at Camp Nou MADRID (AP) — Things couldn't be going much better for Real Madrid. Even the draws are feeling like victories. Madrid was celebrating Saturday's 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou, which kept the team with a comfortable advantage over its rival atop the Spanish league. "This point feels like a win," Real Madrid left back Marcelo sai... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:48:00 GMT 2016-12-04T10:48:00Z Ramos strikes in 90th as Madrid draws 1-1 at Barcelona BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sergio Ramos stepped up once more for Real Madrid in a major match, scoring in the 90th minute to secure a 1-1 draw at Barcelona's Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. "(Ramos) always shows up for games like this one," Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "He never gives up. That is what Sergio brings." The Spain def... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:51:00 GMT 2016-12-03T21:51:00Z