BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The best thing for Real Madrid about this season is that it is finally over.
A humiliating 2-0 loss at home to Real Betis on the last day of the Spanish league on...
MADRID (AP) — Defender Zouhair Feddal scored four minutes into injury time as Real Betis salvaged a 1-1 home draw against Espanyol in the Spanish league on Monday, a result that left both teams...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Spanish league has only four complete rounds remaining, and some coaches may not make it to the end.
Real Betis manager Quique Setién and Girona's Eusebio...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — After Lionel Messi scored a wonderful third goal to complete his 51st career hat trick, Real Betis supporters did what only true fans can do when in the presence of genuine...
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.
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...
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 (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.
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.
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 (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.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — It was raining stuffed toys at the stadium of Spanish club Real Betis on Saturday.
Many of the 49,000 spectators tossed stuffed toys onto the pitch at Benito Villamarin Stadium duing halftime of the match against Eibar in an initiative by the club to collect toys for needy children for the winter holidays.
The result was a colorful cascade of furry animals falling from the stands, and volunteers scrambling to collect them all before the second half.
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)
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis coach Quique Setien likes to say that he would give his little finger to have had the honor of playing for Johan Cruyff.
That didn't stop him for masterminding a 4-3 victory Sunday at Barcelona, a team that claims Cruyff as the creator of its playing style.
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, 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.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for two to three weeks with a left leg injury.
Barcelona says on Thursday that medical tests revealed Coutinho has a "small tear" in an unnamed muscle.
Coutinho apparently was injured on Tuesday during the 1-1 draw at Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Coutinho will miss a Spanish league match on Sunday against Real Betis, and the international break when Brazil has friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon.
ROME (AP) — Gennaro Gattuso's ability to transmit his own combative spirit to his AC Milan players didn't just save his job during the Rossoneri's roughest stretch of the season, it also propelled the team into the Champions League places.
A week ago, Milan was in crisis following a last-gasp derby defeat to Inter Milan and a discouraging loss at home to Real Betis in the Champions League.
Its next two matches, however, were hard-fought victories over Sampdoria and Genoa in the Italian league.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek became the first England player in 47 years to score a hat trick in European competition for Chelsea on Thursday.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who featured when his country reached the semifinals of the World Cup in Russia in July, forgot about his frustrations at being unable to win a regular starting place at Chelsea by bagging all three goals as the London club swept to a 3-1 victory over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis veteran Joaquin Sanchez posted a joke Instagram video on Thursday, asking Spain coach Luis Enrique why he had not been included in the national squad.
The 37-year-old midfielder has won more than 50 caps, but has not played for his country since 2007.
"I have two missed calls here and I don't know if they are from you or not?" Sanchez asked. "Please call me. I'm worried."
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis joined a group of seven teams separated by only three points at the top of the Spanish league after squeaking out a 1-0 win at home over Leganes on Sunday.
Repeated slips by leader Barcelona and second-place Real Madrid have given hope to a pack of pursuers after seven rounds.
MONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan's reward for being reinstated in the Europa League includes a trip to Luxembourg.
Milan, which won a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal to overturn expulsion for breaking financial rules, was drawn Friday into a group with newcomer Dudelange. The group also includes Olympiakos and Real Betis.
In a September 1972 trip to Luxembourg, Milan beat Red Boys Differdange 4-1 to start its run to the European Cup-Winners' Cup title.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis entered this season with high hopes after building on a squad that deployed one of the most attractive attacks in the Spanish league.
But the team has zero goals and only one point from two matches before it faces a derby on Sunday against a Sevilla side that is eager to restore its status as the top team in the city.
MADRID (AP) — Jose Luis Morales scored twice as Levante won 3-0 at Real Betis in the opening round of the Spanish league on Friday.
Levante's 4-4-2 formation worked to clinical effect as his strike partner Roger Marti gave Levante the lead close to halftime, tapping in after right midfielder Jason cut through the Betis defense.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan midfielder Takashi Inui was introduced by La Liga team Real Betis at the Spanish Embassy in Tokyo on Thursday after impressing at the World Cup.
The 30-year-old Inui, who played for Spanish club Eibar for three seasons, said he has a three-year contract with Betis.
"Betis' football last season was very attractive for me," Inui said. "I had a strong feeling that I wanted to be a part of the team."
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia was assured of a top-four finish in the Spanish league and a berth in next season's Champions League after Real Betis lost at Athletic Bilbao 2-0 on Saturday.
The defeat left fifth-place Betis eight points behind Valencia in fourth with two games left for the Seville-based club.
Iker Munian headed in a cross from Inigo Lekeu for Bilbao's opener in the 76th minute, and Aritz Aduriz scored from a pass by Inaki Williams in stoppage time.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis defeated last-place Malaga 2-1 in the Spanish league on Monday to keep alive its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Betis' seventh win in eight matches left the team eight points behind third-place Valencia with three matches left. The result secured Betis a place in the Europa League for the first time in four years.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Second-place Atletico Madrid was held 0-0 at home by Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday in a second straight setback before Diego Simeone's team faces Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.
Atletico, which lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad midweek, visits Arsenal in the first leg on Thursday.
Barcelona remains the overwhelming favorite to win La Liga, leading Atletico by 11 points. Third-place Real Madrid is another four points behind Atletico.
MADRID (AP) — Valencia's struggles to clinch a Champions League spot continued in a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday.
It was the third straight match without a victory for Valencia, allowing fifth-place Real Betis to continue to move closer in the fight for the final spot for Europe's top club competition.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad on Thursday, leaving Barcelona one victory away from clinching the Spanish league title.
Barcelona, which drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday without most of its regular starters, can secure its 25th crown at Deportivo La Coruna on April 29.
The Catalan club faces Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis beat Girona 1-0 for its fifth straight win in the Spanish league on Friday, moving a step closer to a Europa League spot next season.
Loren Moron scored late in the first half as Betis strengthened its hold on fifth place. Betis moved five points ahead of sixth-place Villarreal and six clear of Sevilla in seventh spot. They have both played one games less than Betis.
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Leon scored an 89th-minute winner as Real Betis defeated Getafe 1-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, moving into the qualification zone for the Europa League.
Betis jumped from eighth to sixth in the standings with its third straight victory. It is one point behind fifth-place Villarreal.
The teams in fifth, sixth, and seventh places qualify for the Europa League.
MADRID (AP) — Lorenzo "Loren" Moron scored in each half as Real Betis defeated Alaves 3-1 in the Spanish league on Monday, moving closer to a Europa League spot next season.
Betis jumped to eighth place, three points behind Girona, the first team securing a berth in next season's second-tiered European competition.
Teams in fifth and sixth places automatically qualify for the Europa League, while the seventh-place club goes through a qualifying round.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Real Betis boosted its European qualification hopes in defeating struggling Levante 2-0 to move to seventh in the Spanish league on Monday.
Betis jumped three places from 10th and is just three points behind city rival Sevilla, beaten at home by Atletico Madrid 5-2 on Sunday.
Sergio Leon sealed Betis' 11th win, already more in 25 games than the side managed all last season.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid stayed within sight of Barcelona while Real Madrid's attack bailed out its porous defense in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Diego Costa and Kevin Gameiro scored second-half goals to give Atletico a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao and keep it seven points behind Barcelona at the top of the table.
Atletico will visit Barcelona on March 4 in what could be its last chance to inject some drama into the title race.
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund dominated the end of the transfer window in Germany with a flurry of activity that saw star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leave and Michy Batshuayi take his place on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga club also made what it called a "big concession" on the transfer fee to allow defender Marc Bartra to go to Real Betis after a tumultuous Bundesliga spell, while it signed promising winger Sergio Gomez from Barcelona.
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Spanish defender Marc Bartra is leaving Borussia Dortmund to join Real Betis.
Dortmund said it made a "big concession" on the transfer fee to allow Bartra return to Spain after what has been a tumultuous spell in the Bundesliga.
MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo stayed within range of the Champions League spots by defeating Real Betis 3-2 at home with two goals by forward Iago Aspas in the Spanish league on Monday.
Aspas scored in each half to lead Celta to seventh place after 21 matches. It is seven points behind fourth-place Real Madrid.
Betis could have moved up six spots — from 13th to seventh — if it had won at Balaidos Stadium in Vigo.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored twice as Barcelona won 5-0 at Real Betis on Sunday with five second-half goals to increase its Spanish league lead.
Ivan Rakitic also scored for the Catalan club, which moved 11 points ahead of Atletico Madrid at the start of La Liga's second half.
After 20 rounds, Barcelona has a 14-point lead over third-placed Valencia, and is 19 points in front of rival Real Madrid, which has a game in hand.
MADRID (AP) — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team's biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.
Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.
MADRID (AP) — Veteran forward Ruben Castro made a dream return to the Spanish league, converting a late penalty for Real Betis to beat Leganes 3-2 on Monday.
Castro, in his return after a stint in Chinese soccer, calmly scored in the 83rd minute, securing the victory after the hosts relinquished a two-goal lead.
The club's all-time leading scorer entered the match only eight minutes earlier.
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say that 23 people have been arrested for participating in a fight between fans of Sevilla and Real Betis hours before the teams play each other in a league match.
The emergency services for Sevilla said via Twitter on Saturday that police intervened to make the arrests of "at least 23 people."
They add that the rival fan groups had arranged the meeting in order to fight.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann will miss Sunday's Spanish league game at Real Betis.
Griezmann was left off Atletico's squad announced by coach Diego Simeone on Saturday after he failed to recover from an unspecified injury. The club had said the player felt pain in his right thigh following Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Champions League.
Simeone says that "it's clear that no other player on our team has the characteristics of Griezmann."
MADRID (AP) — Real Betis became the latest top-tier casualty in the Copa del Rey this week, failing to advance to the last 16 after a 5-3 loss to second-division club Cadiz on Thursday.
Betis was eliminated 6-5 on aggregate, joining Malaga, Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao as top-flight teams eliminated by lower-tier opponents in the Round of 32.
It was a thrilling match at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville, with both teams pressing forward from the start.
MADRID (AP) — Eibar routed 10-man Real Betis 5-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, ending an eight-match winless streak in all competitions.
Eibar hadn't won since Sept. 15. It had lost six of its eight matches since then.
The hosts got on the board with an own goal by Betis defender Jordi Amat just six minutes in, and midfielder Gonzalo Escalante scored with a header near halftime.
MADRID (AP) — Ryad Boudebouz scored an 87th-minute equalizer as Real Betis came back from two goals down to draw with Getafe 2-2 in the Spanish league on Friday.
The Algerian midfielder scored with a low shot from outside the area, his first goal since joining the club in the offseason.
Markel Bergara opened the scoring for the visitors with a header into the top corner, and Francisco Portillo added to Getafe's lead about 15 minutes later with a shot from inside the area.
MADRID (AP) — Midfielder Celso Borges scored in each half to help Deportivo La Coruna defeat Las Palmas 3-1 in a match between teams near the bottom of the Spanish league on Monday.
Lucas Perez also scored for Deportivo, which on Thursday lost to Las Palmas 4-1 in a first-leg match in the Copa del Rey round of 32.
Loic Remy opened the scoring for struggling Las Palmas seven minutes into the match at Gran Canaria Stadium.