MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid made sure Barcelona has to wait a little longer to celebrate the Spanish league title.
With a 3-2 win over Valencia on Wednesday, Atletico cut Barcelona's lead...
Barcelona on the brink of another Spanish league title
MADRID (AP) — Now it's just a matter of time for Barcelona.
The Catalan club is on the brink of another Spanish league title after beating Alaves 2-0 on Tuesday to move within three points...
MADRID (AP) — Step by step, Barcelona is moving closer to the treble.
Days after beating Manchester United to reach the Champions League semifinals, Barcelona turned its focus to the Spanish...
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has come out in support of Diego Costa after the Spain striker reportedly refused to practice with the rest of the team.
Costa yet to deliver in return to Atletico Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Diego Costa was so furious that it was hard to keep him away from the referee.
His teammates tried to contain him. Even his opponents had to intervene.
Costa banned 8 games for allegedly insulting referee
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been suspended for eight games for allegedly insulting a referee, meaning he will not play the rest of the season.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in unstoppable form, Barcelona didn't need much help to stay on course for another Spanish league title.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ernesto Valverde has a message for his players before Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid on Saturday in a match that will go a long way toward deciding the Spanish league...
MADRID (AP) — Just days before a game that could save Atletico Madrid's season, players got together for a barbecue at the team's training camp.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came to Barcelona's rescue Tuesday, scoring late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at 10-man Villarreal in a thrilling seesaw match that saw both...
Back with Barcelona, Messi thrives in latest Liga win
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi picked up from where he left off before the international break, leading Barcelona to another Spanish league victory.
Cristiano Ronaldo fined $22K by UEFA for obscene gesture
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 20,000 euros ($22,750) by UEFA for making a provocative gesture after Juventus beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Ronaldo charged by UEFA for gesture mocking Simeone
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Cristiano Ronaldo for a provocative gesture mocking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone after Juventus eliminated the Spanish club from the Champions...
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have set a world record for the highest attendance at a women's soccer club match, the Spanish league said.
Record crowd expected for women’s game in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd is expected to attend a women's soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on Sunday.
Atletico says no more tickets are available for the Spanish league...
What to watch in the leading soccer competitions in Europe this weekend:
Zinedine Zidane's second stint as Real Madrid coach begins on Saturday with a home match against a Celta...
Ronaldo inspires praise, and more goals, from Messi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Now playing in different countries, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo still find ways to inspire one another to new heights.
Ronaldo paying Juventus back with goals galore
TURIN, Italy (AP) — If you can't beat him, buy him.
The $131 million that Juventus spent to lure Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid is already paying off on the field and off...
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.
Stars like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have...
Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into CL quarters
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of Atletico Madrid's vaunted defense, and then mocked its coach as well.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient...
MILAN (AP) — After a relatively quiet couple of years, Juventus forward Moise Kean could make a surprise appearance against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League round of...
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Despite resting Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of its crucial Champions League match, Juventus romped to a 4-1 victory over Udinese on Friday with teenager Moise Kean scoring...
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been fined but avoided a ban after making an obscene gesture during a Champions League match against Juventus.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alvaro Morata is starting to show why Diego Simeone wanted him.
Morata scored twice to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad on Sunday and keep alive...
MADRID (AP) — With Real Madrid on the ropes in front of its own fans, Barcelona showed no mercy.
The Catalan club threw the knockout punch on Saturday, leaving Madrid reeling from a second...
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Barcelona has a chance to throw another knockout punch at Real Madrid this weekend.
Real Sociedad and Girona play to 0-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Real Sociedad drew with Girona 0-0 in the Spanish league on Monday to remain unbeaten this year.
It was the 10th match in a row without a loss for the Basque Country team in...
UEFA charges Atletico coach Simeone for obscene gesture
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone with improper conduct for an obscene gesture after his team scored against Juventus in the Champions...
Morata finally scores, Atletico keeps pace with Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata's celebration finally counted this time.
After twice having goals disallowed by video review in previous games, the newly signed striker got his first goal for...
Dybala lifts sagging Juventus to 1-0 win at Bologna
ROME (AP) — Paulo Dybala came off the bench to lift a sagging Juventus to a 1-0 win at Bologna on Sunday and help the seven-time Serie A champion rebound from a deflating loss in the Champions...
Espanyol draws 1-1 with last-place Huesca in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Espanyol was held to a 1-1 home draw by last-place Huesca on Friday, missing a chance to move further away from the relegation zone in the Spanish league.
FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season
Chelsea was banned Friday from signing players until after the 2019-20 season, the latest European power punished by FIFA for flouting rules protecting young talent from premature international...
Ronaldo’s opponents triumphant in his return to Madrid
MILAN (AP) — In Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Madrid, it was his opponents that turned out to be triumphant.
Juventus not only lost on the field against Atletico Madrid, but the club also...
Ronaldo held scoreless in Madrid as Atletico beats Juventus
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for...
Atletico’s Costa not fit for 90 minutes against Juventus
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.
Allegri says Dybala will start against Atletico; Khedira out
MADRID (AP) — Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says Paulo Dybala will start Wednesday's match against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 of the Champions League, but Sami Khedira has been ruled...
To take on Ronaldo, Atletico could unleash attacking trio
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’s Bale faces possible 12-match ban for celebration
MADRID (AP) — Gareth Bale could face a suspension of up to 12 matches because of a gesture he made toward fans during Real Madrid's 3-1 derby win at Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Bale has been reported by La Liga to the Spanish Football Federation over his celebration after scoring Real Madrid's third goal.
Atletico extends coach Simeone’s contract until 2022
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid says it has extended the contract of coach Diego Simeone until 2022.
Simeone's current contract was set to expire at the end of next season.
Financial details of the new deal were not disclosed.
The 48-year-old Argentine coach played for Atletico as a defensive midfielder in the 1990s.
Ramos leads Madrid in defense_ and from the penalty spot
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With his physical, intimidating style, Sergio Ramos has long had the reputation of dominating the area.
Now the Real Madrid defender, who infamously holds the Spanish league record of 19 career red cards, can also claim to be among the best when stepping up to the penalty spot.
Ramos has made all eight spot kicks he has been taken this season.
Barca fails to score at Bilbao, Real Madrid 6 points back
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona needed goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen to put in a superb performance as the Spanish league leader failed to score and dropped points at Athletic Bilbao in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
The result ended Barcelona's run of 37 league games where it scored at least one goal. Its last league game without a goal was a 0-0 draw with Getafe on Feb. 11, 2018.
Real Madrid wins Madrid derby, rises back to 2nd in La Liga
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is making it clear it's still in the fight for the Spanish league title.
With a convincing victory in the Madrid derby on Saturday, Real Madrid returned to second place in the Spanish league for the first time since September and moved within five points of leader Barcelona, which has a difficult away match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
Atletico loses on Morata debut, Real Madrid beats Alaves
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.
Juventus draws with Parma, Napoli beats Sampdoria in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Juventus is uncharacteristically leaking goals and coach Massimiliano Allegri is concerned ahead of the Champions League last 16, where they face Atletico Madrid.
For the second time in a week, Juventus conceded three goals as Parma fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in stoppage time in Turin on Saturday in Serie A.
Record attendance for women’s soccer match in Spain
MADRID (AP) — A record crowd of 48,121 attended a women's soccer match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday.
Athletic says it was the largest ever attendance for a club-level women's match in Europe. The English Football Association says a crowd of 53,000 watched a game in December 1920 between Dick, Kerr's Ladies and St. Helen's Ladies at Everton's Goodison Park stadium.
Atletico Madrid’s trainer accused of violence against women
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid's fitness trainer was detained and released after being accused of violence against women, Spanish police said on Tuesday.
Oscar Ortega was taken into custody late Monday and released after appearing before a judge on Tuesday. He was not immediately charged with any crime.
Atletico Madrid, Morata try to leave behind Real Madrid days
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.
Atletico Madrid signs Alvaro Morata on loan from Chelsea
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."
Messi scores as Barcelona wins 8th straight league game
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona won its eighth straight Spanish league game as Lionel Messi scored in a 2-0 win at 10-man Girona on Sunday.
Barcelona kept its five-point lead over Atletico Madrid with Messi grabbing his 10th goal in a seven-game scoring streak in the league. He was left all alone to chip the ball over goalkeeper Yassine Bounou in the 69th minute.