Real snatches win over Valencia; Luis Suarez brace lifts Barcelona

MARDID, April 30: Real Madrid ensured they remain in charge of the title race in La Liga with a dramatic 2-1 victory at home to Valencia on Saturday. Madrid remained level on points with Barcelona, who won later in the day, but still have a game in hand, with four matches still to play to the Blaugrana's three. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring, heading home a Dani Carvajal cross on 27 minutes with Madrid's only shot on target of the first half. Ronaldo had the chance to add a second from the penalty spot before the hour mark but saw his effort saved by Diego Alves, and that had looked to be costly when Dani Parejo levelled against his former club with an 82-minute free kick. But Marcelo made sure Madrid came away with victory when he fired home on 86 minutes. Luis Suarez scored twice in the second half to help Barcelona keep pace with a 3-0 win at local rivals Espanyol, Despite getting Neymar back from his three-game suspension, Barcelona were stymied in the first half and had to wait until five minutes after the break to open the scoring. Suarez ended his five-game, 540-minute goal drought in all competitions -- the longest of his time with Barcelona -- with a sublime near-post finish. Rakitic equalled last year's total of nine goals in all competitions when he finished off a pass from Messi in the 76th minute, before Suarez rounded the goalkeeper in the 87th to seal the result. Atletico Madrid scored three goals in the opening 18 minutes as they romped to a 5-0 win at 10-man Las Palmas, which keeps them ahead of Sevilla in third place. Diego Simeone's side, who face Real in the semifinals of the Champions League next week, made the perfect start at Estadio de Gran Canaria when Kevin Gameiro put them ahead inside two minutes as he swept in Saul Niguez's cross from the left. It was soon 2-0 when midfielder Saul headed in from a corner after 17 minutes, with Gameiro adding a third almost immediately from the restart following a break down the right. Las Palmas managed to regroup for the second half, but then saw midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng sent off for a second caution on 65 minutes. The hosts, though, managed to hold out until Atletico substitute Thomas Partey made it 4-0 in the 72nd minute. Veteran forward Fernando Torres, who had replaced Gameiro just before the hour, completed the route with a close-range finish in stoppage time. Granada became the second side to be relegated from La Liga after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Real Sociedad. Tony Adams was named caretaker Granada boss on April 10 with the club having taken just one point from their previous six games, but three successive defeats under the former Arsenal captain see them exit the top flight. Adams did at least see his side score for the first time since he took over, Adrian Ramos heading a 65th-minute equaliser from Dimitri Foulquier's cross after former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela had put the home side in front on the stroke of half-time. The visitors needed to win all of their remaining games to have a chance of survival but could not even hang on for a point, with Juanmi latching onto a pass from Sergio Canales to score the winner six minutes from time and condemn Granada to their ninth defeat in the last 10 games. Osasuna had become the first side to be relegated from La Liga in midweek.  

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    BARCELONA, April 30: Barcelona fears Lionel Messi is open to joining Manchester City, according to sensational reports in Spain. Lionel Messi is again spearheading Barcelona's bid to win silverware this season. The Argentina international has scored the most goals in Europe with 48 across all competitions. However, despite his brilliant form, the 29-year-old's future at the Nou Camp is un यो [...]

  • Chelsea and Spurs face stern title tests

    LONDON, April 29: Antonio Conte will hope Diego Costa justifies his faith in having him rather than Everton's Romelu Lukaku as his main striker and deliver another three points in Chelsea's chase for the title tomorrow. Chelsea face their biggest challenge in their remaining five matches at Everton, who are on a run of eight successive home victories. However, Conte will hope they extend the यो [...]

  • United and City equalize 0-0 in Manchester derby

    MANCHESTER, April 28: Manchester United were able to withstand 10 men in the final minutes following the dismissal of Marouane Fellaini for the header that gave Sergio Agüero, taking a 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Thursday at the Liga Premier, keeping red hot the pulse for the squares of the next Champions League. Fellaini, United's spunky Belgian midfielder, was sent off after receiving a se यो [...]

  • Arsenal hangs in there, Spurs clings on to EPL hopes

    LONDON, April 27: With less than a month of the Premier League season left it remains Chelsea's title to lose but Tottenham Hotspur defiantly stayed in contention by grinding out a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Chelsea's already profitable week looked like getting a whole lot better as Palace doggedly kept Tottenham at bay for 78 minutes but Christian Eriksen's unstoppable b यो [...]

  • Chelsea extends Premier League lead with 4-2 win over Southampton

    LONDON, April 26: Buoyant Chelsea extended their Premier League lead to seven points on Tuesday, as goals from Eden Hazard, captain Gary Cahill and two from a buzzing Diego Costa earned them a 4-2 win over Southampton. It took them less than five minutes to open a lead when Costa controlled a pass from Cesc Fabregas, surged forward and cut the ball back for the advancing Hazard, who angled his यो [...]

  • Mumbai eyes another dominating show against Daredevils

    MUMBAI, April 21: On a roll after five wins on the trot, table toppers Mumbai Indians will look to continue their domination when they clash with struggling Delhi Daredevils in an IPL game on Saturday. The Rohit Sharma-led side mauled Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets while chasing a challenging 198-run target with Englishman Jos Butler smashing 77 off 37 balls. Mumbai will be pleased with th यो [...]

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad beats Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs

    HYDERABAD, Apr 20: Sunrisers Hyderabad rode on Kane Williamson’s attacking knock of 89 and some brilliant bowling at the death as they beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs in their IPL match here today. Electing to bat, Hyderabad posted a challenging 191 for 4 courtesy Williamson’s 89 off just 51 balls and his 136-run stand for the second wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan (70), and then restricted यो [...]

  • Mbappe helps fire Monaco to Champions League semis

    MONACO, Apr 20: Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe scored again to set Monaco on their way to a 3-1 second-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund that allowed them to win their Champions League quarter-final 6-3 on aggregate. Radamel Falcao also netted for the home side in a whirlwind start at the Stade Louis II yesterday, and Dortmund were left with too much to do to save the tie. Their skipper Ma यो [...]

  • Juve holds firm to knock out Barcelona from Champions League

    BARCELONA, April 20: A distraught Neymar left the field in tears as Juventus held Barcelona to a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate. Barca had overcome a 4-0 first-leg deficit against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 with a dramatic 6-1 win back on home soil. But Juventus showed why they boast the best defensive record in the co यो [...]

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