COPA DEL REY

  • Messi leads Barcelona to 3-1 win over Villarreal in Copa del Rey semi-finals February 12, 2015

    Lionel Messi scored one goal and set up another to help Barcelona beat Villarreal 3-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final. It was Messi's 11th goal in Barcelona's 10-game winning streak and his 34th in 32 games this season as Luis Enrique's Barcelona put one...
  • Diego Simeone proud of Atletico Madrid's rebellious streak January 29, 2015

    London: Atletico Madrid went too far in a bid to unsettle Barcelona in their King's Cup defeat on Wednesday but coach Diego Simeone was proud of his team's rebellious streak. Simeone's side ended with nine players and could have had others sent off as they adopted an overly physical approach in...
  • Copa Del Rey: Neymar double sends Barca into semi-finals January 29, 2015

    Neymar struck twice as Barcelona came from behind to seal a 3-2 victory over nine-man Atletico Madrid and reach the King's Cup semi-finals 4-2 on aggregate on Wednesday. Fernando Torres put Atletico ahead inside the first minute with a precise strike from the edge of the area but Barca have clicked...
  • Copa del Rey quarters look finely balanced for return legs January 28, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have to overturn a one-goal deficit at home against FC Barcelona Wednesday night as both sides look to book their places in the semi-finals of the Spanish King's Cup. With Real Madrid apparently unstoppable in the La Liga, the Cup perhaps offers the best chance for domestic honours for...
  • Atletico Madrid made it difficult for Barcelona: Andres Iniesta January 22, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona midfield maestro Andres Iniesta says he is satisfied with a 1-0 Copa del Rey win over Atletico Madrid as Diego Simeone's men made it hard for them to play their game at the Camp Nou. Lionel Messi's late strike, a follow-up to his own missed penalty, gave the Catalans...
  • Copa Del Rey: Messi strikes to give Barcelona edge over Atletico January 22, 2015

    Barcelona seized control of their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid when Lionel Messi followed up his saved penalty to score and secure a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Barca dominated possession against the La Liga champions but Atletico defended stoutly and held the record Cup...
  • Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in Copa del Rey quarter-finals January 21, 2015

    Barcelona: A matchup worthy of the final will knock out Barcelona or Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. Barcelona host Atletico on Wednesday in the opening leg, less than two weeks after Lionel Messi ended a scoring drought for a 3-1 win in the league. That broke...
  • I'm not from another planet: Cristiano Ronaldo January 16, 2015

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo apologised to Real Madrid fans after his miraculous powers deserted him as the holders were knocked out of the King's Cup by city rivals Atletico Madrid on Thursday. Ronaldo showed off the third FIFA Ballon d'Or award he won this week to fans at the Bernabeu before kickoff...
  • Villarreal knock Sociedad out of Copa del Rey, Moyes sent off January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: David Moyes was sent off late in Real Sociedad's 2-2 draw with Villarreal on Wednesday as his side bowed out of the Copa del Rey's last 16. The former Manchester United manager was dismissed for protesting about a refereeing decision. He then climbed over a barrier to take a seat...
  • Carlo Ancelotti wants 'positive aggression' for Atletico clash January 14, 2015

    Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wants what he termed "positive aggression" from his players in Thursday's King's Cup clash at home to Atletico Madrid, when the holders will seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit from last week's last 16, first leg. Atletico have had the upper hand over their city...
  • David Moyes focused on La Liga but dreaming of Cup final January 14, 2015

    Avoiding relegation from La Liga remains the overwhelming priority for Real Sociedad although the Basque club are still dreaming of reaching the final of the King's Cup, coach David Moyes said on Tuesday. Sociedad, who host Villarreal in their last 16, second leg on Wednesday needing to overturn a 1-0 deficit...
  • Copa Del Rey: Atletico poised to eliminate Cup holders Real January 14, 2015

    Atletico Madrid have the perfect chance to lift morale after Sunday's La Liga defeat at Barcelona when they play their King's Cup last 16, second leg at bitter local rivals Real Madrid on Thursday. Atletico have a 2-0 advantage over the holders from last week's first leg at the Calderon and...
  • Atletico must avoid another weak start, warns Juanfran January 13, 2015

    Atletico Madrid must avoid another poor first-half showing if they are to protect their 2-0 lead over Real Madrid in the King's Cup on Thursday and advance to the quarter-finals, according to fullback Juanfran. Atletico go into the last 16, second leg at Real's Bernabeu stadium following Sunday's 3-1 La Liga...
  • Neymar, Messi help Barcelona rout Elche 5-0 in Copa del Rey January 9, 2015

    Madrid: Barcelona set aside their off-field troubles and put on a show in which Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored in a 5-0 route of Elche in a Copa del Rey last-16, first-leg match on Thursday. Neymar opened the scoring from a Suarez cross in the 35th minute. Suarez scored...
  • Torres returns as Atletico beat Real Madrid 2-0 in Copa del Rey January 8, 2015

    Fernando Torres made a winning return to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as the Spanish league champions secured an impressive 2-0 victory over city rival Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. Midfielder Raul Garcia converted a 57th minute penalty in the first leg match of the Copa's last 16, before Jose...
  • Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet in Copa del Rey January 6, 2015

    Spain: Fernando Torres could make his Atletico Madrid return seven years after last wearing the red and white-striped shirt when the defending league champions host Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. The first leg of the last 16 brings together the winners of the last two cups. Madrid...
  • Fernando Torres in line for Atletico return in Madrid derby January 5, 2015

    Atletico Madrid's prodigal son Fernando Torres could make his return in a heated derby with Real Madrid on Wednesday in the last 16 of the King's Cup if he looks sharp in training, coach Diego Simeone has said. The former Atletico captain, who played 244 games for his home-town club where...
  • Atletico Madrid set up Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid December 19, 2014

    Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate. Athletic Bilbao, Malaga and Elche also won to complete the last 16. Striker Mario Mandzukic slotted in Atletico's opener in the 19th minute and headed in a...
  • Granada eliminate Cordoba from foggy Copa del Rey match December 18, 2014

    Ten-man Granada emerged from thick fog at Cordoba's Nuevo Arcangel Stadium with a 1-1 draw that sent them through to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. Granada had won the first leg 1-0 and advanced 2-1 on aggregate after defender Diego Mainz struck in the 60th minute...
  • Almeria beat Real Betis 4-3 in Copa del Rey December 6, 2014

    Madrid: A goal and an assist by Edgar Mendez helped Almeria beat second-tier Real Betis 4-3 after withstanding a late comeback attempt in the first leg of their round-of-16 match in the Copa del Rey on Friday. Almeria dominated the first half and were up 3-0 at the break but Betis...
  • David Moyes maintains unbeaten start as Sociedad draw in Cup December 5, 2014

    David Moyes continued his unbeaten start at Real Sociedad when he rested a host of regulars in a 0-0 draw at third-tier Real Oviedo in a King's Cup last-32, first-leg match on Thursday. Moyes took over as coach of the Basque club last month and has presided over a draw and...
  • Barcelona defeat Huesca in Copa del Rey December 4, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish soccer giant Barcelona whitewashed third-tier Huesca 4-0 in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring for Barcelona in the 12th minute Wednesday by a free kick which flied into the top left corner beyond Huesca goalkeeper Daniel Jimenez's reach, reports Xinhua. Iniesta, who returned...
  • Dominant Sevilla join Real Madrid in King's Cup last 16 December 4, 2014

    Madrid: Sevilla joined holders Real Madrid in the last 16 of the King's Cup when a quickfire Iago Aspas hat-trick helped secure a crushing 11-2 aggregate victory over second-division Sabadell on Wednesday. Sevilla romped to a 6-1 win in their last-32, first leg at Sabadell at the end of October, when...
  • Real Madrid rout Cornella in Copa del Rey December 3, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid whitewashed Cornella 5-0 in their Copa del Rey as Real forward Jese Rodriguez scored on his return after nearly nine months. James Rodriguez scored two goals at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Tuesday as the holders eased into the round of 16 with a 9-1 victory on aggregate, reported Xinhua. The...
  • Real Madrid begin King's Cup defence with win at Cornella October 30, 2014

    Raphael Varane converted two corners as a second-string Real Madrid began the defence of their King's Cup crown with a 4-1 victory against third-tier part-timers Cornella on Wednesday. The last-32, first leg pitted the world's richest club by income, with annual revenues of more than 600 million euros ($758 million), against...
  • Karim Benzema extends contract with Real Madrid through 2019 August 7, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid says France striker Karim Benzema has agreed to extend his contract with the European champions to the end of the 201819 season. The 26yearold Benzema's previous contract expired in June 2015. Benzema joined Madrid in 2009 from French club Lyon. He has scored 111 goals in 235 games for Madrid,...
  • Future doesn't change with one defeat: Barcelona coach Martino April 17, 2014

    FC Barcelona coach Tata Martino insisted on Thursday that his side's 1-2 defeat to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday did not mean he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. Goals from Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale gave Real Madrid the...
  • Gareth Bale hails perfect night after King's Cup winner April 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Gareth Bale hailed a "perfect night" after his stunning winner for Real Madrid against Barcelona in Wednesday's King's Cup final, his first trophy since moving to Spain for a record fee in the close season. The Wales winger sprinted from the halfway line into the penalty area five minutes from...
  • Gareth Bale leads Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Barcelona to win Copa del Rey April 17, 2014

    Valencia: Gareth Bale raced away to score a stunning late winner as Real Madrid made light of the absence of top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo to beat arch-rivals Barcelona 2-1 to win a riveting King's Cup final on Wednesday. Wales winger Bale, who joined Real for a world record fee in the...
  • El Clasico: Ronaldo to miss final as Barcelona seek Cup consolation April 16, 2014

    A week ago, Barcelona still had a chance of repeating the historic treble of 2009 but defeats in Europe and La Liga mean Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid may be their only hope of major silverware this season. A wounded Barca travel to Valencia to meet their arch rivals...