SAO PAULO (AP) — Defending Copa America champion Chile is happy to go into its opening match on Monday against Japan with its title hopes being widely downplayed.
Barcelona retakes lead of Spanish league after Sevilla slips
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona retook the lead of the Spanish league on Sunday after beating Villarreal 2-0 while Sevilla was held to a draw at Alaves.
Barcelona's first win in three rounds left it one point above second-placed Sevilla, which rallied to a 1-1 draw at fourth-placed Alaves.
Injury-depleted Barcelona got goals from Gerard Pique and rarely used reserve player Carles Alena in each half at Camp Nou.
Betis deals Barcelona 1st home league loss in 2 years
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Not even two goals by Lionel Messi could save Barcelona from its first Spanish league home defeat in more than two years on Sunday when Real Betis won 4-3 at Camp Nou.
Real Madrid took advantage of Barcelona's unexpected slip by winning 4-2 at Celta Vigo to close the gap on the leaders.
Betis never trailed as it ended Barcelona's run of 42 unbeaten home games in the league that dated back to a 2-1 defeat to Alaves in September 2016.
Barcelona loses 4-3 to Betis despite 2 goals by Messi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice on his return from a broken arm but Barcelona conceded four goals and was reduced to 10 men in a 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The loss ended an unbeaten run of 42 consecutive home games for Barcelona in the league dating back to a 2-1 defeat to Alaves on Sept. 10, 2016.
Vidal hopes to win Champions League title with Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Unable to win the Champions League title while playing with Juventus and Bayern Munich, Arturo Vidal is looking to finally do it with Barcelona.
The 31-year-old Chile midfielder was on Bayern teams that were eliminated by Real Madrid the last two seasons, but he said he has nothing to prove against his new team's biggest rival.
Vidal agrees switch from Bayern to Barcelona
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has agreed to leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona.
Vidal will sign a three-year contract at the Nou Camp subject to a medical in the next few days, the Spanish league champion said in a statement on Friday.
The 31-year-old player joined Bayern from Juventus in 2015, and won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons in Bavaria.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been included in Bayern Munich's squad for the German Cup final on Saturday, boosting hopes he will be fit enough for the World Cup.
Neuer, who hasn't played since September because of a hairline fracture in his left foot after being injured in training, says it's "perhaps the best news of the day."
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury sustained in training.
The Chile midfielder will miss both legs of Bayern's Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid, and the German Cup final should the side get past Bayer Leverkusen in Tuesday's semifinal without him.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out of the German Cup semifinals and is in doubt for next week's Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes says Vidal needs keyhole surgery on his right knee after twisting it awkwardly when he slipped on Sunday in training.
Vidal will miss Tuesday's game at Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup. Bayern will face Madrid eight days later in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Bayern beats Leverkusen 3-1 as winter break ends
BERLIN (AP) — The Bundesliga resumed Friday after the winter break with Bayern Munich going 14 points clear after a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.
Goals from Javi Martinez and Franck Ribery in either half, and a brilliant free kick from James Rodriguez in injury time kept the defending champions on course for a record-extending sixth consecutive title.
It was Leverkusen's first defeat at home this season, and ended a 12-game unbeaten run.
James stars for Bayern Munich in Bundesliga win at Schalke
BERLIN (AP) — James Rodriguez starred on his first Bundesliga start for Bayern Munich, scoring one goal and playing a role in the others for a 3-0 win at Schalke on Tuesday.
James, who switched from Real Madrid in the offseason, earned a penalty and then scored in the first half, before brilliantly setting up Arturo Vidal to wrap up the win in the second.
Bayern wins Bundesliga opener with new players and video ref
BERLIN (AP) — It was out with the old and in with the new but Bayern Munich still started the 55th Bundesliga in familiar fashion on Friday, with a 3-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Bayern was playing its first league game without the retired Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, but two new signings - Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso - got the five-time champions underway.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss the club's summer tour to China and Singapore as he continues his recovery from a broken metatarsal.
Neuer says, "Everything's going to plan. I'm aiming to be fit for the first game of the season against Bayer Leverkusen. I'm going to work hard every day to achieve that."
Neuer injured his foot in April and was on crutches until this week. Bayern starts the new Bundesliga season against Leverkusen on Aug. 18.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Arturo Vidal and Chile want to be the unofficial world champions.
It may be only the Confederations Cup on the line when Chile faces Germany in Sunday's final, but the combative midfielder wants to claim the bragging rights over his German teammates at Bayern Munich.
MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich signed French midfielder Corentin Tolisso for a Bundesliga-record of at least 41.5 million euros ($46.8 million) from Lyon on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Tolisso signed a five-year deal, Bayern said, while Lyon announced the transfer fee and said that add-ons could see it increase by another 6 million euros ($6.8 million).
"I had a wonderful time at Lyon, and I'm very thankful for that. Now I'm really pleased to be at one of the best clubs in Europe," Tolisso said.
Bayern Munich has singled out Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai as the decisive factor for its Champions League quarterfinal exit to Real Madrid.
"I have to say, I'm filled with unbelievable rage for the first time today. Rage, because we were swindled. Swindled in the truest sense of the word," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in his post-game dinner speech, after Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Madrid saw the Spanish side progress 6-3 on aggregate.
MADRID (AP) — With a hat trick that made him the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, Cristiano Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich after extra time on Tuesday and put the defending champions back in the semifinals.
Ronaldo scored once in regulation and twice in extra time, while Marco Asensio also netted late for Madrid, which advanced 6-3 on aggregate after a 2-1 first leg win in Germany.
MUNICH (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday, ending the German side's tournament record of 16 straight wins at home.
Bayern leaves it late, stretches Bundesliga lead to 7 points
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich left it late to beat Ingolstadt 2-0 and open a seven-point lead with its main rivals dropping points in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Second-placed Leipzig was beaten 3-0 at home by Hamburger SV, third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt was defeated by the same score to Bayer Leverkusen, and fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund lost at bottom club Darmstadt 2-1.
Bayern winger Ribery out for 2 weeks with thigh injury
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich is set to lose winger Franck Ribery for around two weeks after he pulled out of Tuesday's training session with a strain at the back of his right thigh.
The 33-year-old Frenchman will miss upcoming league games against Schalke and Ingolstadt, and the German Cup game against Wolfsburg. His participation in the Champions League game against Arsenal on Feb. 15 is in doubt.
Bayern back on top of Bundesliga before Leipzig showdown
BERLIN (AP) — Douglas Costa's fine second-half strike was enough for Bayern Munich to return to the top of the Bundesliga with a labored 1-0 win at bottom side Darmstadt on Sunday.
Bayern leads on goal difference from promoted Leipzig before the sides meet in Munich on Wednesday.
It seemed the defending champions were already looking ahead to the next game as they produced an uninspired performance against Darmstadt, which had fired coach Norbert Meier on Monday after six straight losses.
Leicester duo competing with Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or
PARIS (AP) — Leicester forwards Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy will try to break the domination of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the annual Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player.
The stars of Leicester's surprise English Premier League title are among 30 players announced Monday as candidates for the prize presented by France Football magazine.
Five-time winner Messi and three-time winner Ronaldo are the only previous winners nominated for a prize that is no longer linked to FIFA.
Lewandowski leads Bayern to 2-0 win at Schalke in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich salvaged a late 2-0 win at Schalke in the Bundesliga on Friday, maintaining new coach Carlo Ancelotti's winning start when it seemed the side was about to drop points.
Minutes after missing an open net from two meters, Robert Lewandowski finally scored in the 81st minute, shooting to the top left corner after being set up by a fine pass from Javi Martinez.