BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Among the 60,000-plus spectators packed into the Santiago Bernabeu for the return of Zinedine Zidane, nobody seemed happier than Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.
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.
MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
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...
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid picked one of its most successful figures to try to end one of its worst crises.
Zinedine Zidane is returning to coach Madrid, the club he led to three straight...
MADRID (AP) — Only 20 minutes into the match, it looked like going from bad to even worse for Real Madrid on Sunday.
Relegation-threatened Valladolid had already missed a penalty kick in the...
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.
MADRID (AP) — With Real Madrid in tatters, it's time to talk about Jose Mourinho again.
The spotlight turned to the Portuguese coach immediately after Madrid's disastrous week came to an end...
MADRID (AP) — It has become a matter of pride for Real Madrid.
A second consecutive home loss to Barcelona on Saturday would likely end Madrid's title hopes in the Spanish league and deal a...
Solari says Bale, Madrid squad ready for Barcelona
MADRID (AP) — Everyone at Real Madrid, it seems, is fully prepared to face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Madrid stunned by Girona, sees Barcelona increase its lead
MADRID (AP) — With a home loss to a team that hadn't won in more than two months, Real Madrid wasted all the hard work that had allowed it to move closer to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
After winning five in a row to cut Barcelona's lead to six points, Madrid was stunned 2-1 by relegation-threatened Girona at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, and is now nine points behind its rival in third.
Once indisputable, Real Madrid’s Marcelo a target of critics
MADRID (AP) — It's not a good sign that nearly every time Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari is asked about Marcelo he mentions the player's great past with the club.
Clearly, it has become harder to talk about the player's current achievements.
Marcelo was an indisputable starter for more than a decade with Real Madrid, considered by many the best left back in the world. But this season, the Brazilian's performances have come in for criticism.
Benzema scores 2 as 10-man Madrid wins 4-2 at Espanyol
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema put in a brilliant performance and scored two goals in a 4-2 win for 10-man Real Madrid against Espanyol in the Spanish league on Sunday.
The French striker opened the scoring only four minutes into the match in Barcelona and also provided several smart passes for his teammates that went close to producing more goals.
Benzema's brace took his team-leading tally to 15 goals this season, as he fills in the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure.
Madrid beats Sevilla 2-0, returns to top 3 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Producing one of its best displays of an up-and-down season, Real Madrid scored a convincing 2-0 victory over Sevilla to get back into the Spanish league's top three.
Casemiro was on target with a superb long-range shot before Luka Modric added a late second goal.
The win moved Madrid into the top three for the first time since September and eased the pressure on coach Santiago Solari.
Ceballos late goal saves Madrid from another slip in Spain
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Substitute Dani Ceballos scored from a free kick in the final minutes to save Real Madrid from another setback in the Spanish league title race on Sunday.
Ceballos sent his strike through a gap in the defensive wall to claim the winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Real Betis.
Ceballos, who joined Madrid from Betis before the start of last season, went on in the 74th minute to jeers from Betis fans and with Madrid on the defensive.
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.
Vinicius Junior gives Real Madrid fans hope amid struggles
MADRID (AP) — The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium crowd becomes animated every time Vinicius Junior gets the ball.
Anticipation builds and the crowd murmurings rise as the young Brazilian sets himself and studies the opposition.
Real Madrid back in trouble as Solari effect loses luster
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Santiago Solari effect has worn off at Real Madrid.
The Spanish club hoped it had found a coach to turn its season around when it promoted Solari from its reserve team to take over from the fired Julen Lopetegui in late October.
But two weeks after Solari guided Madrid to the Club World Cup title, the club is back in trouble after consecutive stumbles left it far behind in the Spanish league title race.
10-man Real Madrid loses 2-0 to Sociedad
MADRID (AP) — Ten-man Real Madrid lost 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad on Sunday to concede further ground in the Spanish league title race.
The pressure is mounting on coach Santiago Solari with Madrid in fifth place behind Alaves, which moved ahead of the 33-time champion on Saturday.
Madrid fell behind in the third minute when Willian Jose converted a penalty following a foul by Casemiro on Mikel Merino.
Madrid went a man down in the 61st when Lucas Vazquez received his second yellow card.
Madrid’s Gareth Bale has minor muscle injury in left leg
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has injured a muscle in his left leg, but coach Santiago Solari says it is "nothing to worry about."
Bale hurt his lower left leg late in the first half on Thursday in the 2-2 draw at Villarreal. He played on until halftime when he was substituted.
The club did not give an estimated time it expects Bale to be out, but Solari says on Saturday they believe the injury is "a minor one and that it's nothing to be worried about."
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.
Odd weekend in Spain: All eyes on Copa Libertadores final
MADRID (AP) — The big-match buzz in Madrid and around the country has nothing to do with Spain's "clasico." It's all about Argentina's "superclasico."
The most anticipated match of the weekend will feature Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's equivalent of the Champions League.
Real Madrid beats Valencia 2-0 to rebound in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid has found some peace again after the humiliating loss to Eibar in the Spanish league.
Madrid followed the 3-0 loss at Eibar with a 2-0 win over red-hot Valencia on Saturday.
The victory over Valencia, which had won three straight in the league, moved Madrid from sixth to fifth in the standings, three points behind leader Sevilla and two points behind second-place Barcelona.
Crucial for Spain, Isco unwanted at Solari’s Real Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Unwanted at Real Madrid, Francisco "Isco" Alarcon's career appears to be coming to a crossroads.
Isco's superb vision, dribbling, and passing skills have earned him a place as the natural successor to Andres Iniesta in the long line of brilliant midfielders for Spain.
But Isco has fallen out of favor with new Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who has yet to start Isco in any of the six matches he has coached since taking over a month ago.
Real Madrid takes 1st in group courtesy of Roma’s mistakes
ROME (AP) — A series of colossal errors by Roma handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory Tuesday and first place in Group G of the Champions League.
Roma winger Cengiz Under sent the ball over the bar from point-blank range with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois already down on the ground in first-half added time and two defensive blunders led to Gareth Bale's goal immediately after the break.
Lucas Vazquez then added another for Madrid against a demoralized Roma.
Embarrassing loss prompts concerns at Real Madrid
MADRID (AP) — Just like that, Real Madrid is under pressure again.
One bad loss was all it took to put the Spanish club on the verge of another crisis, quickly erasing the joy that had come with the hiring of coach Santiago Solari.
Solari had put Madrid back on track after taking over from the fired Julen Lopetegui, but the defending European champions head into their Champions League match against Roma on Tuesday heavily scrutinized following a 3-0 loss at Eibar in the Spanish league.
Madrid, Bayern back in crisis as Champions League resumes
BERLIN (AP) — Real Madrid and Bayern Munich return to the Champions League on Tuesday in crisis mode after the latest setbacks in their domestic leagues.
Madrid, the three-time European defending champion, was humiliated 3-0 by Eibar in Spain on Saturday. The first defeat for new coach Santiago Solari renews debate over his team's ability to challenge for honors in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade.
Sevilla takes Spanish league lead with win over Valladolid
MADRID (AP) — A day after seeing its rivals falter, Sevilla took care of business.
Sevilla moved past Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to go top of the Spanish league by beating Valladolid 1-0 on Sunday.
Atletico and Barcelona had played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, opening the way for Sevilla to take the lead with a home win.
"We have to enjoy this," Sevilla coach Pablo Machin said. "We have to enjoy it for now, and then we will get back to preparing for the difficulties that lie ahead."
Madrid’s perfect run with Solari ends with 3-0 loss to Eibar
EIBAR, Spain (AP) — Santiago Solari's first game as Real Madrid's full-time coach was one to forget.
After leading Madrid to four straight victories as interim manager, Solari saw his team lose 3-0 at Eibar in the Spanish league on Saturday.
The loss — Madrid's first-ever defeat against the Basque Country club — halted the team's recovery from a series of poor results under former coach Julen Lopetegui, who was fired.