With old guard back, Real Madrid wins on Zidane’s return
MADRID (AP) — It was like old times at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Zinedine Zidane was back on the bench, and Real Madrid was winning again.
Solari shares blame for Madrid debacle with players
MADRID (AP) — Amid speculation that his days are numbered, Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari dished out some of the blame for the team's disastrous season to his players.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two demoralizing defeats to Barcelona have left Real Madrid with just one chance to salvage its season by winning a record-extending fourth consecutive Champions League...
Substitute Asensio strikes late, Real Madrid beats Ajax 2-1
AMSTERDAM (AP) — With a little help from the video assistant referee, defending champion Real Madrid overcame a spirited Ajax to win the first leg of its Champions League round-of-16 match 2-1 on Wednesday and take a big step toward the quarterfinals.
Substitute Marco Asensio scored a late winner to put Madrid in a strong position going into the second leg on March 5.
Madrid striker Karim Benzema injures right hand
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema had to be substituted at halftime of Sunday's Spanish league match at Real Betis after hurting his right hand.
Madrid coach Santiago Solari said Benzema had fractured his hand.
Kroos out for about 3 weeks because of muscle injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will be sidelined for about three weeks because of a muscle injury.
The club says tests on Monday showed Kroos sustained a tear of the adductor muscle in his left leg on Sunday in the home loss to Real Sociedad.
The German player had to be replaced late in the game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Isco and Asensio lead Madrid into Copa del Rey’s last 16
MADRID (AP) — Marco Asensio and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon were the big winners in a match that had little at stake for Real Madrid.
The pair made the most of their chances in a second-string Madrid team on Thursday, scoring two goals each in a 6-1 rout of third division Melilla in the Copa del Rey.
Javi Sanchez and Vinicius Junior also netted as the European champion advanced to the last-16 stage 10-1 on aggregate after having won the first leg 4-0 in the small Spanish enclave in Africa.
Real Madrid wins in 1st match after firing coach Lopetegui
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid began life without Julen Lopetegui with a comfortable win in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, when it was Barcelona that struggled to defeat a third-division opponent.
Barcelona needed an injury-time goal to win 1-0 at Cultural Leonesa, while Madrid cruised to a 4-0 victory over third-tier Melilla in a first-leg match in the round of 32.
Real Madrid leads La Liga thanks to goal on video review
MADRID (AP) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
Benzema brace, VAR help Madrid beat Leganes, Atletico loses
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored twice to lead Real Madrid over Leganes 4-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday, including one goal awarded by an overrule from the video assistant referee.
At 1-1 in the 48th minute and with Leganes holding its own, Benzema skillfully headed in an out-swerving cross from Marco Asensio despite tussling with defender Jonathan Silva.
MADRID (AP) — A talented group of youngsters have been put in charge of a difficult task for Spain: Replacing some of the best players to ever wear the national team's jersey.
As La Roja's continues to lose members of its golden generation, it will be up to a gifted group of players to try to take over the national team.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted because of a leg injury at halftime in Real Madrid's 2-2 draw at Barcelona on Sunday.
But Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident that Ronaldo will play against Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26.
"He doesn't feel good now, but I don't think it is anything serious," Zidane said. "We will have him ready (to play)."
Yet again, Zidane shows his worth on Real Madrid’s bench
MADRID (AP) — With the tactical touch of a genius, Zinedine Zidane came through again for Real Madrid.
The Madrid coach brought on Marco Asensio at halftime against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, a move that proved to be difference. Asensio scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory, giving Madrid the lead and two away goals ahead of Tuesday's second leg at home.
Madrid ends winless run with late Asensio goal in Copa
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid took a small step toward ending its crisis by defeating Leganes 1-0 with an 89th-minute goal by Marco Asensio in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals on Thursday.
Madrid's reserve team gave another lackluster performance, but Asensio salvaged the victory with a close-range shot into the top corner after a well-placed cross by Theo Hernandez.
Madrid midfielder Asensio to miss Malaga match with injury
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will be without midfielder Marco Asensio for Saturday's Spanish league match against Malaga because of a right leg injury.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says "it's not much, but he has something. So like always, it is better that he is out three or four days than hurting himself even more."
Real Madrid restores order with 3-0 win over Las Palmas
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid restored order after two straight losses with a comfortable 3-0 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Goals by Casemiro in the first half, and Marco Asensio and Isco in the second, secured Madrid victory at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, keeping it eight points behind leader Barcelona after 11 games.
Barcelona defeated Sevilla 2-1 Saturday to maintain a four-point lead over second-place Valencia, which routed Leganes 3-0 for its seventh straight league win.
Real Madrid beats 3rd-tier Fuenlabrada 2-0 with 2 penalties
MADRID (AP) — Second-half penalties by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were enough to give depleted Real Madrid a 2-0 win at third-division team Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Without most of its usual starters — including Cristiano Ronaldo — Madrid did just enough to earn the first-leg victory in the tournament's Round of 32.
With talented youngsters, Spain on its way back to the top
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.
Marco Asensio poised to lead Spain against Italy
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain is hoping that it has found its next great talent.
After his breakout start to the season with Real Madrid, Marco Asensio is expected to help Spain against Italy on Saturday and take a huge step toward qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.
The 21-year-old forward is Madrid's leading scorer through the first weeks of the campaign with four goals in five matches.
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.
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 in Madrid.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring with his first goal in the Champions League since December 2014. An own goal by Tomasz Jodlowiec, followed by goals by Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata, sealed an emphatic victory.
Madrid cruises past Legia Warsaw in Champions League
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.
Barcelona routs Sporting 5-0 in 1st game without Messi
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona didn't show any signs of missing Lionel Messi on Saturday, cruising past Sporting Gijon 5-0 in its first Spanish league game without the injured playmaker.
Neymar and Luis Suarez took over in Messi's absence, and by the end of the day Barcelona was only one point behind Real Madrid, which drew at Las Palmas 2-2 after conceding a late equalizer.
Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio scored for Madrid, which twice relinquished its lead.
Madrid keeps formula to try to repeat in Champions League
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is relying on the successful formula of a year ago as it attempts to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, betting on the same stars who triumphed last season.
Confident that it already has what it takes to repeat as champion, Madrid bypassed high-profile signings after clinching its 11th European trophy last year, limiting its moves to players not in the starting lineup entering the new season.