LEVERKUSEN, Germany (AP) — Bayer Leverkusen kept alive its slim hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Atlético Madrid on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain striker Alvaro Morata is moving to Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal from Chelsea, ending a disappointing two years in England.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos extended his scoring streak and helped Spain defeat Sweden 3-0 to remain leader of its qualifying group for the 2020 European Championship on Monday.
MADRID (AP) — For quite a while now, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been able to count on some of the best players in the world.
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata is starting to show why Diego Simeone wanted him.
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MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata's celebration finally counted this time.
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MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says Diego Costa is not fit to play the entire match against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid could unleash an attacking trio in an effort to finally outdo Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone will be able to call on Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata when his team hosts Juventus in the first leg of the last 16 on Wednesday, in what will be Ronaldo's first match in Madrid since leaving Real Madrid last year.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid lost its first Spanish league game since September on the day of Alvaro Morata's much-anticipated debut.
The newly signed striker had a lackluster debut as second-placed Atletico lost 1-0 at Real Betis on Sunday to miss its chance to move closer to league leader Barcelona.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid did its best to distance Alvaro Morata from his days with rival Real Madrid.
The newly signed striker was officially presented on Tuesday, with Atletico showing a video that included images of Morata wearing Atletico's jersey as a kid and teenager.
Atletico signed him on Monday to an 18-month loan from Chelsea, bringing him back to where he started playing as a child. But many Atletico fans have criticized the transfer because of his past with Real Madrid.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata has fond memories of the time he was a ball boy at Atletico Madrid's old Vicente Calderon Stadium.
So much so that he still owns one of the vests he used to wear during matches.
"Every time I see a ball boy, I see myself in him," the striker said. "And when I was not a ball boy, I was in the stands watching Atletico. I used to dream of one day being on the field and playing."
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata passed his medical exam with Atleitco Madrid on Sunday ahead of his desired transfer from Chelsea back to the team where he started playing as a child.
"I am very happy and eager for this be a done deal so I can train with my teammates," Morata told Spanish media upon arrival in Madrid early on Sunday morning. "I began playing at Atletico, and the people who know where I come from know my past and what this means for me," Morata said.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich wants to sign English winger Callum Hudson-Odoi from Chelsea.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic says "he's a very interesting player that we really want to sign. He has qualities that fit with our game. He's strong in dribbling with the ball, full of tricks, is drawn to goal and a young player, who has huge potential. Hudson-Odoi is a player who would suit us."
Salihamidzic was speaking Wednesday at the team's winter training camp in Doha, Qatar.
LONDON (AP) — Cesc Fabregas might have played his last game not only for Chelsea but also in English football after bidding the team's fans an emotional farewell near the end of a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea dropped two points in its bid for a Champions League return as Southampton ground out a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard was twice denied by goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who was making his Premier League debut, and Alvaro Morata had a goal ruled out for offside as Chelsea's lack of attacking precision was evident once more.
A midseason tactical switch sparked Chelsea's surge to the Premier League title two years ago under Antonio Conte.
Could the same happen under his successor this season?
For the first time in his debut season at Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri deployed a lineup without a genuine striker for the match against Manchester City on Saturday. The result? A 2-0 win over the previously unbeaten leaders that brought Chelsea back into contention for the title.
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata continued his recent resurgence with two goals and fellow Spaniard Pedro added a third to inspire Chelsea to a 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Unbeaten Chelsea made a slow start but Morata cheered the Stamford Bridge crowd by putting his team in front from close range in the 32nd minute after pouncing on a cross by Pedro.
BURNLEY, England (AP) — The absence of star attacker Eden Hazard did not affect Chelsea in its 4-0 thrashing of Burnley that kept the team unbeaten in the Premier League on Sunday.
With Hazard missing because of a back injury, Ross Barkley stepped up as Chelsea's main creative force as the attacking midfielder scored from outside the area and also set up two other goals at Turf Moor.
Former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Alvaro Morata ended a miserable spell of form with the only goal of the game on Thursday as Chelsea recorded its second straight 1-0 victory in the Europa League, against plucky Hungarian side Vidi.
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
LONDON (AP) — Eden Hazard came off the bench to set up a late winning goal by Marcos Alonso as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a frenetic London derby on Saturday for its second straight win in the Premier League.
It is the first time Arsenal has opened a Premier League season with back-to-back losses.
Coming off a 3-0 victory at Huddersfield last weekend, Chelsea started rampantly and scored through Spaniards Pedro Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in the opening 20 minutes.
ROME (AP) — The man who scored the winning goal in the last World Cup.
The best young player in the English Premier League.
A striker who scored a total of 53 goals in Serie A the last two seasons.
Mario Goetze, Leroy Sane and Mauro Icardi have achieved plenty in their careers. But they won't be achieving anything at the upcoming World Cup. Along with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Adrien Rabiot, they belong to a group of elite players left off their national team squads.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.
"It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us."
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0 in the second semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
Giroud, who had been selected ahead of Morata to spearhead Chelsea's attack, scored the first goal within 30 seconds of the second half after a mesmerizing piece of dribbling inside the Southampton penalty area.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes, including two from substitute Olivier Giroud, in a stirring second-half comeback from 2-0 down to beat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The victory kept alive fifth-place Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, with seven points now separating Chelsea from Tottenham and Liverpool above them.
LONDON (AP) — Pedro scored with a header in extra time for Chelsea to advance to the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win at Leicester on Sunday.
Chelsea next faces Southampton at Wembley Stadium after new manager Mark Hughes' side beat Wigan 2-0.
Manchester United plays Tottenham in the other semifinal, which is also at Spurs' temporary Wembley home.
It was news that capped a miserable start to 2018 for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.
The Spain squad was announced on Friday for the team's friendly matches against Germany and Argentina this month, and Morata's name was conspicuous by its absence.
Not so long ago, he was considered the first-choice striker for one of the favorites for the World Cup in Russia. Now he might not even be at the tournament.
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of the national team squad for friendlies against Germany and Argentina, while Diego Costa was included after returning to action with Atletico Madrid.
Lopetegui said Friday he did not include Morata in his 24-strong squad because he hasn't played much recently, but added that the player still has a chance of making it to the World Cup in Russia.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Willian helped to sweep Chelsea into the knockout stage of the Champions League with a game to spare Wednesday, winning a game-changing penalty and also scoring twice in a 4-0 victory over 10-man Qarabag.
The win assured Chelsea of a top-two finish in Group C and left the 2012 European champion at the top with a two-point lead over Roma, which lost 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in the group's other game.
MALAGA, Spain (AP) — David Silva scored twice as Spain put away Costa Rica 5-0 in a friendly between World Cup-qualified teams on Saturday.
Silva got his double after the midfielder played a part in Spain's opening two strikes at La Rosaleda Stadium.
A cross by Silva took a deflection before it reached Jordi Alba for the left back to score six minutes in.
Striker Alvaro Morata doubled the advantage by finishing off a loose ball that fell to him after Silva initiated another attack.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will remain without Diego Costa at least until next year, and nobody is really worried about it.
Thanks to a good run by its deep stock of strikers, La Roja is well-served in attack seven months out from the World Cup.
Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas, and Rodrigo all have been in top form, helping to put aside any talk about Costa's absence.
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta, Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal will miss two World Cup qualifying matches because of injuries.
The trio will miss Spain's World Cup qualifiers against Albania on Friday and Israel on Oct. 9.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui announced their replacements on Monday: Real Sociedad right back Alvaro Odriozola, Las Palmas attacking midfielder Jonathan Viera and Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz.
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It's going to be a fascinating and potentially close-run race for top scorer in the English Premier League this season, with the four leading contenders - Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata - all showing great form after six games.
Alvaro Morata was only a few weeks into life at Chelsea when some of the vulnerability that has cropped up during his career appeared to strike again.
"They're already killing me," Morata said of his perceived critics following his miss in Chelsea's penalty shootout loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.
They were worrying words from a player who was about to start the season as the undisputed No. 1 striker at a top club for the first time.
MADRID (AP) — One title defense has begun shakily for Real Madrid. Two won't be tolerated.
While Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for pushing a referee, Madrid has made a relatively poor start to retaining the Spanish league title, lying four points behind Barcelona after three rounds.
Ronaldo is still suspended for one more La Liga match, but he's cleared to play in Europe, and will feature in their Champions League opener on Wednesday against APOEL of Cyprus.
LEICESTER, England (AP) — Chelsea ordered its fans to stop singing a song about striker Alvaro Morata containing an anti-Semitic lyric that was heard during Saturday's game at Leicester.
The chant references Chelsea supporters' loathing of Tottenham and features an offensive term to describe Jewish people that they use as a derogatory alternative name for the north London club.
Morata headed in Chelsea's first goal in a 2-1 victory at Leicester.
MADRID (AP) — It's time to start taking Spain seriously again.
After struggling with its aging squad in the last two major soccer tournaments, Spain is on its way back to the top thanks to a group of talented young players and a promising coach.
"La Roja" is playing well again led by coach Julen Lopetegui and youngsters such as Marco Asensio, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and Alvaro Morata.
MADRID (AP) — Spain ended Italy's 11-year unbeaten run in qualifiers with a 3-0 win on Saturday and moved closer to securing a World Cup spot.
The Italians hadn't lost a qualifier — World Cup or European Championship — in 56 games, since September 2006.
Two first-half strikes by Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and a late goal by substitute Alvaro Morata gave the hosts the important Group G victory.
LONDON (AP) — Five teams to keep an eye on in the English Premier League, which starts on Friday.
Antonio Conte ignited the first managerial feud of the season when he said that Chelsea must avoid "a Mourinho season" as the champions seek to defend their Premier League title.
Conte was referring to Chelsea's implosion under Jose Mourinho during the 2015-16 season when the Portuguese was fired before the halfway point as the team failed to defend its title.
LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on Friday and is set to take over from Diego Costa as the main striker for the English champion.
Chelsea announced the signing of the Spain international without giving a fee. He signed for five years.
Costa was one of Chelsea's key players in its run to the Premier League title last season. But he said last month that he was told by coach Antonio Conte he wasn't wanted for the coming season.
MURCIA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata scored in the 87th minute as Spain salvaged a 2-2 draw in a friendly against Colombia on Wednesday, remaining unbeaten under coach Julen Lopetegui.
Morata headed home a cross from the left-flank by Saul Niguez to extend Spain's streak without a loss to nine games since Lopetegui took over after the European Championship last year.
MADRID (AP) — Reserves who would be starters in a lot of other teams have been crucial to keeping Real Madrid afloat in the Spanish league and Champions League.
The likes of Francisco "Isco" Alarcon, James Rodriguez, and Alvaro Morata have ensured Madrid has stayed on a roll.
They didn't lose any points on Wednesday when seven regular starters were rested and the reserves stepped up and beat Deportivo La Coruna 6-2.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Two quick-fire goals saw Real Madrid survive an early scare to win 3-1 at Napoli on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a seventh successive time.
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for its deceptively tough away match at Eibar in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Ronaldo was left out for unspecified reasons with manager Zinedine Zidane saying only that the Portugal star didn't train on Friday because he "wasn't feeling 100 percent" fit.
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 the Spanish league.
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, Luka Modric, from the squad.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish league is off to a tight race atop the standings, with five teams separated by only three points. Yet, most of the talk entering the weekend is about whether Cristiano Ronaldo will end his scoring slump.
Real Madrid leads the league ahead of its match at Alaves on Saturday, but not thanks to Ronaldo's recent performances. The forward is enduring his worst start to a season since joining Madrid in 2009, having scored only four goals in nine matches.
MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was kept waiting for his 100th career goal in European club competitions as Real Madrid swept to a 5-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring with his first goal in the Champions League since December 2014. An own-goal by Tomasz Jodlowiec, followed by further strikes from Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata, then sealed an emphatic victory for the holders.
MADRID (AP) — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended the team's bid for a third consecutive continental title.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named Iniesta to his squad on Friday for the upcoming away qualifiers Oct. 6 and 9.