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...
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...
Chelsea scored three early goals before surviving a second-half scare to advance to the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 4-3 home win over Slavia Prague, and Arsenal beat Napoli...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia and Athletic Bilbao kept up their strong run of form on Sunday in the chase for the final Champions League spot in Spain.
PRAGUE (AP) — Arsenal closed in on the Europa League semifinals with a 2-0 home win over Italy's Napoli on Thursday while Chelsea scored late to earn a 1-0 victory at Slavia Prague.
MADRID (AP) — Surprising Getafe is standing its ground in the fight for the final Champions League spot in the Spanish league.
The southern Madrid club defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 on Sunday...
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla got back into the fight for a Champions League spot with a 2-0 home win over Alaves in the Spanish league on Thursday.
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane's honeymoon period didn't last long in his return as Real Madrid coach.
In his third game back in charge, Real Madrid's familiar struggles returned in a 2-1...
MADRID (AP) — Athletic Bilbao rallied with two goals early in the second half to defeat Girona 2-1 and move closer to the European spots in the Spanish league on Friday.
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Luis Enrique will not be with the squad for Tuesday's European Championship qualifying match at Malta because of personal reasons.
Spain edges Norway 2-1 in first Euro 2020 qualifier
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Sergio Ramos' penalty goal ensured Spain beat Norway 2-1 to start its European Championship qualifying campaign on Saturday.
Valencia again targeted by Batman creators for bat logo
MADRID (AP) — Batman is coming after Valencia's bat logo.
The Spanish soccer club is again being targeted by DC Comics over the use of its logo, which serves as the centerpiece of its...
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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says forward Ousmane Dembele will be sidelined for up to a month because of a left leg muscle injury, putting in doubt his availability for the Champions League...
Valencia defeats Betis, will face Barcelona in Copa final
MADRID (AP) — There will be no final at home for Real Betis.
The team's Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville will host the Copa del Rey final this season, but Betis won't be there after...
Spanish court probes woman’s death after Michelin meal
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish magistrate has opened an investigation into whether there is a link between the death of a woman and a meal she ate at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia where...
UEFA charges Valencia’s Kondogbia for deliberate yellow card
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia with intentionally getting a yellow card in a Europa League game against Celtic.
UEFA announced the case Friday, one day after opening an investigation into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a suspected similar offense.
Players who provoke a yellow card to serve a one-game ban at a favorable time can be suspended for an additional game.
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.
Valencia scores late to draw with Betis in Copa semifinal
MADRID (AP) — Valencia is getting used to some late heroics in the Copa del Rey.
After scoring twice in stoppage time to advance from the quarterfinals last week, Valencia salvaged a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the semifinals against Real Betis thanks to an injury-time equalizer.
Madrid earns 1-1 draw at Barca in 1st leg of Copa semifinal
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Leaning forward in his winter coat, Lionel Messi fidgeted with an empty water bottle as he watched his Barcelona teammates trailing their fiercest rivals.
But minutes before he decided to test his tender right leg, the chants at Camp Nou for "Messi! Messi!" turned into cheers as a little-used teammate scored an equalizer against Real Madrid.
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.
Messi has injury scare after scoring 2 goals in Barca draw
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Nothing can silence the Camp Nou crowd like the thought of an injury to Lionel Messi — especially four days before a clash against Real Madrid.
So a chill ran through Barcelona's supporters during the Spanish league match against Valencia on Saturday when Messi sat down on the sideline, his right leg stretched before him, and received a massage from a team trainer.
11 Getafe soccer fans arrested after clashes in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police in Valencia arrested 11 Getafe fans after clashes with Levante supporters before their match on Saturday.
National Police say the arrests were made near Levante's stadium before the Spanish league game.
Getafe says that it "condemns any and all acts of violence".
4 players suspended after brawl in Copa match in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Four players have been suspended for their involvement in a brawl after the Copa del Rey match between Valencia and Getafe this week.
Valencia's French defender Mouctar Diakhaby and Getafe's Bruno Gonzalez and Damian Suarez have been banned four matches each, while Getafe's Mata Arnaiz received a two-game suspension.
Valencia's fitness trainer was suspended for one match, and fines were handed out to both clubs.
Valencia reaches Copa semifinal with 2 stoppage-time goals
MADRID (AP) — In a span of a few seconds in stoppage time, Getafe squandered a chance to reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for just the fourth time in its history as it was eliminated by Valencia in a frantic finish.
Valencia scored twice in added time to win the second leg of their quarterfinal 3-1 on Tuesday and advance 3-2 on aggregate.
Struggling Villarreal re-hires coach it fired last year
MADRID (AP) — Villarreal has re-hired coach Javi Calleja, less than two months after it fired him.
The Spanish club said Calleja is returning to replace Luis Garcia Plaza, who was let go earlier Tuesday after winning only one of his nine matches at the helm.
Calleja was replaced by Plaza in December with Villarreal just outside the relegation zone in the Spanish league. Plaza departed with the club second-to-last in the standings, five points from safety.
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Real Betis’ stadium to host Copa del Rey final
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis' Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville will host the Copa del Rey final this season.
The Spanish federation picked the venue Monday over Valencia's Mestalla Stadium for the match on May 25.
Real Betis is in the quarterfinals. It drew 1-1 with Espanyol in the first leg. The second leg is Wednesday at the 61,000-capacity Villamarin.
Getafe beats Valencia 1-0 in Copa del Rey quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — Getafe defeated Valencia 1-0 as the Copa del Rey quarterfinals got underway on Tuesday, with substitute Jorge Molina scoring the winner from inside the area in the 77th minute.
The 36-year-old Molina netted his fourth goal in four games, less than 10 minutes after coming off the bench.
"It was just a small step, but a very important one, especially because we didn't concede any goals," Getafe midfielder Francisco Portillo said.
Barcelona to face Sevilla in Copa del Rey quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona will face Sevilla in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, setting up a rematch of last year's final.
Barcelona has won the Spanish cup for the past four years. It routed Sevilla 5-0 in last year's final, and also beat Sevilla 2-0 in the 2016 final.
The draw on Friday was held minutes after the Spanish football federation announced Barcelona would stay in after avoiding a scare involving its alleged use of an ineligible player.
From FIFA to field hockey, Weil takes on new event challenge
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Launching a new global competition into a packed sports calendar, field hockey's governing body hired the former top salesman at FIFA to oversee it.
On Saturday, Thierry Weil will be in Valencia as the International Hockey Federation CEO to see Spain host top-ranked world champion Belgium in the first men's game of the FIH Pro League.
Valencia avoids upset, reaches Copa del Rey quarterfinals
MADRID (AP) — Valencia avoided being upset in the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over second-division club Sporting Gijon on Tuesday, advancing to the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate and easing some of the pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.
Valencia hadn't won in three matches this year and calls for Marcelino's firing had grown louder in recent days, but the comfortable victory at Mestalla Stadium should give the coach some breathing room.
Marcelino under pressure as Valencia held at home again
MADRID (AP) — Missed chances and home setbacks — it's been a familiar plot for Valencia this season.
And it happened again on Saturday.
Valencia was held at Mestalla Stadium once more, conceding late to relegation-threatened Valladolid in a 1-1 draw in the Spanish league, adding pressure on embattled coach Marcelino.
The plot was repeated: Valencia played well and had plenty of chances to put the game away, including with a penalty kick, but it wasted most of them.
Sevilla signs forward Munir El Haddadi and defender Woeber
SEVILLA, Spain (AP) — Spanish club Sevilla says it has signed forward Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona and defender Maximilian Woeber from Ajax.
Sevilla did not give the length of the contract or the transfer fee for either player.
The 23-year-old El Haddadi had made 11 appearances for Barcelona this season, scoring two goals as a substitute.
Without Messi, Barcelona loses to Levante in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Barcelona could not overcome the absence of Lionel Messi and other regular starters on Thursday, losing 2-1 at Levante in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's round of 16.
Barcelona's second-stringers struggled from the start in Valencia, escaping an even greater defeat only because Levante's forwards squandered some clear scoring chances.
Blackman gives 2nd-tier Sporting win over Valencia in Copa
MADRID (AP) — Substitute forward Nick Blackman scored the winning goal with his first touch of the ball Tuesday to give second-division club Sporting Gijon a 2-1 win over Valencia in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Copa del Rey.
Blackman found the net in the 79th minute with a diving header just moments after entering the match.
Alaves remains unbeaten at home, rises to 4th in Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Alaves extended its impressive form in the Spanish league by fighting back to beat Valencia 2-1 on Saturday, remaining undefeated through all nine games at home.
The small team from the northern Basque Country climbed past Real Madrid and into fourth place at six points behind leader Barcelona. Alaves also established its best record for the first half of a league with 31 points after 19 rounds.
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NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw Monday for the last 32 of the Europa League:
Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic) vs. Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Club Brugge (Belgium) vs. Salzburg (Austria)
Rapid Vienna (Austria) vs. Inter Milan (Italy)
Slavia Prague (Czech Republic) vs. Genk (Belgium)
Krasnodar (Russia) vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Zurich (Switzerland) vs. Napoli (Italy)
Malmo (Sweden) vs. Chelsea (England)
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany)
Valencia forward Guedes out 2 months after abdomen surgery
MADRID (AP) — Valencia says Portugal forward Goncalo Guedes will be sidelined for around two months after needing surgery to his abdomen.
The Spanish club said on Friday the 22-year-old Guedes had been operated on to treat a "weakness in the abdominal wall suffered in recent weeks."
Guedes was one of Valencia's best players last season, when he scored five goals after arriving on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. Valencia bought him outright before this season for a reported 40 million euros.
Leganes extends unbeaten run after 0-0 draw at Celta in Liga
MADRID (AP) — Modest Spanish side Leganes held on to draw at Celta Vigo 0-0 on Friday, increasing its unbeaten streak in all competitions to eight games.
Leganes' defense limited Celta to Maxi Gomez's header that struck the corner of the goal-frame in the 73rd minute and a pointblank try from Brais Mendez that goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar did well to save with five minutes remaining.
Real Madrid to face Leganes again in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will face Leganes in the Copa del Rey for the second consecutive season.
The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament's round of 16 on Thursday.
Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarterfinals last year, winning the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. They will play the first leg there this season.
Four-time defending champion Barcelona will face Levante and Atletico Madrid will take on Girona.
Mourinho selection backfires, United misses out on top spot
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Manchester United missed the chance to finish top of its Champions League group as an understrength team lost 2-1 at Valencia on Wednesday, with an embarrassing own-goal by Phil Jones proving decisive.
With first-place Juventus losing 2-1 at Young Boys, United could have jumped above the Italian team in Group H with a win at the Mestalla but manager Jose Mourinho's decision to play a virtual reserve lineup backfired.
Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic struggling in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Traditional Spanish clubs Villarreal, Valencia, and Athletic Bilbao entered the season with high hopes, looking to make a run against the powerful trio of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Almost halfway through the league, they are just fighting to stay away from the relegation zone.
Athletic fired its coach last week. Villarreal did it on Monday, and Valencia is already under pressure to follow suit.
Messi scores twice from free kicks in Barca win vs Espanyol
MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi capped a brilliant performance by following up a superb free-kick goal in the first half with another stunning set-piece goal in the second half.
The perfectly struck free kicks led Barcelona to a 4-0 rout of Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday, and allowed Messi to reach yet another career milestone — he had never scored two direct free kicks in a league game before.
Atletico Madrid beats Alaves 3-0 in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid joined Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday.
Nikola Kalinic, Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo each scored a goal each to leave Atletico even with Barcelona ahead of its game at Espanyol later Saturday, when Sevilla, one point off the lead, visits Valencia.
Atletico was coming off two consecutive draws in the league. Alaves stayed fourth with the loss, its third in its last five league matches.
Leganes and Getafe draw 1-1 in southern Madrid derby
MADRID (AP) — Leganes and Getafe drew 1-1 in a Spanish league derby between southern Madrid clubs on Friday.
Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera headed Getafe in front in the 39th minute and Cameroonian right back Allan Nyom equalized for the home side from inside the area in the 64th. Leganes had midfielder Ruben Perez sent off three minutes into injury time.
The result extended Leganes' unbeaten streak to seven matches in all competitions.
Genoa hires former Italy coach Prandelli, fires Juric again
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa hired former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Friday to replace Ivan Juric, who was fired by the club for a third time following poor results.
Genoa made the announcement a day after the team was knocked out of the Italian Cup by third-division club Virtus Entella, losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
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.
Juventus beats Valencia 1-0 to progress to round of 16
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo set up Mario Mandzukic for the winning goal as Juventus secured a spot in Champions League knockout stage with a 1-0 win over Valencia on Tuesday.
Ronaldo got away from his marker with some quick footwork before rolling the ball across for Mario Mandzukic to tap into the net in the 59th minute.