KINGS CUP

  • Espanyol close to King's Cup semis after 3-1 win over Sevilla 4 days ago

    Madrid: Espanyol secured a commanding lead in their King's Cup quarter-final tie against Sevilla when Felipe Caicedo, Sergio Garcia, with a penalty, and Lucas Vazquez scored in a 3-1 first-leg home win on Thursday. In-form Ecuador forward Caicedo cracked a superb shot into the top corner in the 18th minute to...
  • Fernando Torres back with a double bang against Real Madrid January 16, 2015

    Fernando Torres stole the show with a dramatic double as Atletico Madrid secured a battling 2-2 draw at Real Madrid on Thursday that dumped the holders out of the King's Cup 4-2 on aggregate. Back at his boyhood club after seven years of mixed fortunes in England and Italy, Torres stunned...
  • 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...
  • Lionel Messi, Neymar rested for Barca's Cup game at Elche January 15, 2015

    Barcelona: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has decided to rest Lionel Messi, Neymar and most of his regulars for the King's Cup last 16, second leg match at Elche later on Thursday. Barca have a 5-0 lead from last week's first leg at the Nou Camp and Luis Enrique has called up...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Anirban Lahiri leads by one stroke in King's Cup November 29, 2014

    Khon Kaen: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri fired four-under 68 to enjoy a slender one-shot lead after the third round of the $500,000 King's Cup at the par-72 Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club here Saturday. Lahiri, who led from the opening day, was surprised after returning to find himself back atop...
  • Real Madrid to rest Ronaldo for King's Cup game against Cornella October 29, 2014

    Madrid: Holders Real Madrid will rest top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and several other first-choice players for their King's Cup last-32, first leg against third-tier Cornella later on Wednesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. Ronaldo, who has netted 16 goals in eight La Liga appearances and three in three Champions League games this...
  • 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...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo to miss King's Cup final against Barcelona April 15, 2014

    Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo for the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday after the forward failed to recover from a leg injury. Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was hopeful Ronaldo would recover in time, but said the player has been ruled out after not training on Tuesday. Madrid...
  • Defiant Gerardo Martino needs to lift Barcelona for Cup final April 13, 2014

    Barcelona's season is threatening to implode with Wednesday's King's Cup final against Real Madrid looming after a nightmare week when they were knocked out of Europe and lost 1-0 at lowly Granada in La Liga. Saturday's defeat at Granada means La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who were also responsible for Barcelona's...
  • Barcelona vs Real Madrid King's Cup final set for April 16 in Valencia February 21, 2014

    Madrid: The King's Cup final between record winners Barcelona and Real Madrid has been set for Wednesday April 16 at Valencia's Mestalla stadium, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Thursday. The match, a repeat of the 2011 final at the same venue which Real won 10, will take place the...
  • Messi on target as Barcelona set up final with Real Madrid February 13, 2014

    London: Lionel Messi's firsthalf goal earned visiting Barcelona a 11 draw on Wednesday and a 31 aggregate win over Real Sociedad, setting up their fourth King's Cup final in six years. Barca lifted the trophy in 2009 and 2012 but were beaten in the 2011 final by Real Madrid who defeated...
  • Neymar in Barca's squad for King's Cup clash at Sociedad February 12, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar has been included in the squad for Barcelona's King's Cup semifinal, second leg at Real Sociedad on Wednesday despite not yet receiving the allclear from club medical staff. The Brazil forward trained with the squad on Monday for the first time since injuring his ankle last month and the...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo double sends Real Madrid through to Cup final February 12, 2014

    Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo netted two early penalties to give Real Madrid a 20 win at King's Cup holders Atletico Madrid on Tuesday which sent them into the final 50 on aggregate. Real, who have not conceded a goal in this season's competition, are likely to meet Barcelona in April's showpiece as...
  • Barca, Real on the brink of Cup final showdown February 11, 2014

    Barcelona and Real Madrid are poised to secure their places in April's King's Cup final this week before turning their attention to the main prize on their agendas: the European Champions League. The record domestic Cup winners with 26 titles, Barca are 20 up on Real Sociedad ahead of their semifinal...
  • Del Bosque not happy with conduct of Spain players February 6, 2014

    Madrid: Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is not pleased by the actions of some national team players during an illtempered Copa del Rey semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Madrid beat Atletico 30 in the firstleg semifinal on Wednesday when Madrid players Alvaro Arbeloa and Sergio Ramos were among those...
  • Bale back in Real Madrid squad for Cup clash with Atletico February 4, 2014

    Madrid: Gareth Bale has recovered from a calf problem and is back in Real Madrid's squad for the first leg of their King's Cup semifinal against holders Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The Wales winger's debut season in Spain has been disrupted by a series of minor injuries after joining from Tottenham...
  • Atletico riding high before King's Cup clash against Real Madrid February 4, 2014

    Three points clear at the top of La Liga, a shrewdlooking signing in the bag and soaring optimism among their fans, Atletico Madrid are on cloud nine ahead of Wednesday's King's Cup semifinal clash against Real. One of Spanish soccer's poorer relations, under inspirational coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting...
  • Atletico Madrid, Barcelona join Real Madrid in Cup semis January 30, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid have a chance to pile more King's Cup misery on neighbours Real after eliminating Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday to set up a lastfour clash against the bitter city rivals they beat in last year's final. Atletico's battling 21 comeback victory in a rainlashed quarterfinal, second leg in the...
  • Real Madrid ease past Espanyol into King's Cup semis January 29, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid set up a King's Cup semifinal against holders Atletico Madrid or Athletic Bilbao when they beat Espanyol 10 in their quarterfinal, second leg on Tuesday for a 20 aggregate success. Real lost 21 to Atletico at their own Bernabeu stadium in last year's final and will be keen...
  • Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid's Cup game against Espanyol January 27, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will miss Tuesday's King's Cup quarterfinal second leg at home to Espanyol due to a problem with his left leg, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Monday. The Welsh international's season has been disrupted by several minor injuries since his world record move from Tottenham Hotspur...
  • Lionel Messi in good shape as he targets 400 Barcelona games January 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Lionel Messi will reach the milestone of 400 games for Barcelona when they face Levante in the King's Cup on Wednesday and coach Gerardo Martino says he is back in top condition following his hamstring injury. It is over 10 years since the Argentine made his debut for the Catalan...
  • Karim Benzema header sinks Espanyol to put Real Madrid in charge January 22, 2014

    Barcelona: Real Madrid continued their impressive start to the new year with Karim Benzema giving them a 10 victory in the King's Cup quarterfinal firstleg tie away to Espanyol on Tuesday. Benzema's 25thminute goal meant Real have come out on top in each of their six games since Christmas, a burst...
  • Anirban Lahiri signs off at third place in King's Cup January 19, 2014

    Hua Hin: Anirban Lahiri rounded off the season with yet another top3 finish as the Indian golfer carded a fourunder 68 to end third at the USD 1 million King's Cup Golf Hua Hin here on Sunday. Lahiri totaled nineunder 279 and was three shots behind winner, Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng...
  • Lahiri tied seventh, Gangjee 10th at King's Cup January 18, 2014

    Hua Hin: Anirban Lahiri grabbed birdies on three of the four parfive holes to card a oneunder 71 under tough scoring conditions and force his way into top10 at the King's Cup Golf here on Saturday. On a day when swirling wind speed reached as high as 36 kph during the...
  • Barcelona players hail Xavi after 700th appearance January 18, 2014

    Lionel Messi and some of his Barcelona colleagues paid warm tribute to team mate Xavi on Friday after he extended his appearances record to 700 in the midweek King's Cup match at Getafe. Spain playmaker Xavi, who will be 34 later this month, joined Barca's academy in 1991 at the age...
  • Lahiri tied 14th after round two of King's Cup January 17, 2014

    Hua Hin (Thailand): Anirban Lahiri dropped a bogey at the very end to finish with a card of oneunder 71 and lie tied 14th place at the halfway stage of the $1 million King's Cup Golf here on Friday. Lahiri at fourunder 140 was the best among the four Indians, who...
  • Barcelona's Neymar suffers ankle injury January 17, 2014

    Barcelona: Neymar lasted less than 25 minutes of his return to Barcelona's starting lineup for their King's Cup last 16 clash at Getafe as he was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury. It is the latest setback for the Brazil forward who had not started a match for...