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Saul strike keeps Atletico on Barca’s tails

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their La Liga title challenge afloat by grinding out a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

In the absence of top scorer Antoine Griezmann through injury, Saul Niguez once again provided a big goal for Atletico that takes Diego Simeone’s men to within three points of league leaders Barcelona.

Saul strike keeps Atletico on Barca’s tails

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their La Liga title challenge afloat by grinding out a 1-0 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

In the absence of top scorer Antoine Griezmann through injury, Saul Niguez once again provided a big goal for Atletico that takes Diego Simeone’s men to within three points of league leaders Barcelona.

Ronaldo stars as rejuvenated Real Madrid thrash Sevilla

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid sent a warning to Barcelona just two weeks ahead of El Clasico by storming back into form as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Saturday.

Sevilla had started the afternoon on the same number of points as Madrid in joint fourth, but the sides looked worlds apart as Real scored all five goals before half-time to close to within five points of Barca at the top of the table.

Ronaldo stars as rejuvenated Real Madrid thrash Sevilla

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid sent a warning to Barcelona just two weeks ahead of El Clasico by storming back into form as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in a 5-0 thrashing of Sevilla on Saturday.

Sevilla had started the afternoon on the same number of points as Madrid in joint fourth, but the sides looked worlds apart as Real scored all five goals before half-time to close to within five points of Barca at the top of the table.

Willian warns Chelsea can’t afford slip-ups

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London (AFP) – Willian says Chelsea have no margin for error if the reigning champions are to maintain their Premier League title challenge at West Ham United this weekend.

Antonio Conte’s side fell short in their bid to wrap up the opening stage of their Champions League campaign as group winners following a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Willian warns Chelsea can’t afford slip-ups

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London (AFP) – Willian says Chelsea have no margin for error if the reigning champions are to maintain their Premier League title challenge at West Ham United this weekend.

Antonio Conte’s side fell short in their bid to wrap up the opening stage of their Champions League campaign as group winners following a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

Manchester United secure Champions League passage as Bayern down PSG

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Paris (AFP) – Manchester United and Juventus were among the sides to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday, while Bayern Munich gained a measure of revenge over Paris Saint-Germain.

United, Juventus, Roma and Basel all went through with victories in their final group games, but Atletico Madrid, beaten finalists in 2014 and 2016, were eliminated.

Atletico Madrid crash out, Chelsea sink to second place

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London (AFP) – Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C.

It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.

Atletico Madrid crash out, Chelsea sink to second place

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London (AFP) – Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C.

It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.

Atletico crash out of Champions League, Chelsea sink to second place

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London (AFP) – Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C.

It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.

Atletico crash out of Champions League, Chelsea sink to second place

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London (AFP) – Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at Chelsea that denied the English side top spot in Group C.

It was a depressing evening for both clubs at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as neither got what they wanted from their final group fixture.

English eyes on Griezmann for crunch Chelsea clash

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Madrid (AFP) – As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.

Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don’t beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.

English eyes on Griezmann for crunch Chelsea clash

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Madrid (AFP) – As a red-hot Antoine Griezmann hopes to keep Atletico Madrid’s faint Champions League hopes alive at Stamford Bridge, the stage is also set for the Frenchman to showcase his talents to a host of Premier League suitors.

Atletico need to beat Chelsea in London on Tuesday and hope Roma don’t beat Champions League debutants Qarabag in the Italian capital if they are to make the last 16 for a fifth consecutive season.

Barca slip in Celta thriller, Griezmann gives Atletico hope

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo breathed life into La Liga’s title race by becoming the first team this season to take points off Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Iago Aspas gave Celta an early lead, but an inspired display from Lionel Messi appeared to have earned Barca another three points as he immediately equalised and then helped tee up Luis Suarez to put the hosts 2-1 in front.

Barca slip in Celta thriller, Griezmann gives Atletico hope

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Madrid (AFP) – Celta Vigo breathed life into La Liga’s title race by becoming the first team this season to take points off Barcelona at the Nou Camp in a thrilling 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Iago Aspas gave Celta an early lead, but an inspired display from Lionel Messi appeared to have earned Barca another three points as he immediately equalised and then helped tee up Luis Suarez to put the hosts 2-1 in front.

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla ease into Copa del Rey last 16

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Madrid (AFP) – Holders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla eased into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, but Basque duo Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad were eliminated in stunning fashion by third-tier opposition in Formentera and Lleida respectively.

Already leading 3-0 from the first leg, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde made 10 changes from Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash at Valencia with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez among those to drop out for a 5-0 rout of Real Murcia.

Griezmann gives Atletico power of positive thinking

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid’s slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Simeone’s men still need a minor miracle in the final two games in Group C on December 5 to progress as Atletico need to win away to Chelsea and hope Roma drop points at home to Qarabag.

Griezmann gives Atletico power of positive thinking

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid’s slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Simeone’s men still need a minor miracle in the final two games in Group C on December 5 to progress as Atletico need to win away to Chelsea and hope Roma drop points at home to Qarabag.

Griezmann stunner keeps Atletico Madrid alive

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid kept their slim chances of Champions League progress alive as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-game goal drought in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick to help see off Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

Kevin Gameiro added a second five minutes from time for Atletico, who still need Roma to drop points at home to Azerbaijani champions Qarabag and beat the already-qualified Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 5 to reach the last 16.

Griezmann stunner keeps Atletico Madrid alive

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid kept their slim chances of Champions League progress alive as Antoine Griezmann snapped an eight-game goal drought in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick to help see off Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

Kevin Gameiro added a second five minutes from time for Atletico, who still need Roma to drop points at home to Azerbaijani champions Qarabag and beat the already-qualified Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 5 to reach the last 16.

Ronaldo hits brace as Real surge into last 16

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Nicosia (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both scored twice as holders Real Madrid crushed APOEL 6-0 in Nicosia on Tuesday to seal a place in the Champions League last 16.

Luka Modric volleyed Zinedine Zidane’s team into the lead on 23 minutes before Real floored Cypriot champions APOEL with five goals in a 15-minute blitz either side of half-time.

Griezmann crisis of confidence affecting Atletico Madrid – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone admitted star forward Antoine Griezmann’s lean spell in front of goal has had a profound effect on the Spanish giants’ stuttering start to the season.

Twice finalists in the past four seasons, Atletico need to beat Roma on Wednesday and Chelsea away in two weeks’ time to stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League last 16.

Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

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Madrid (AFP) – In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

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Madrid (AFP) – In a recurring theme of Real Madrid’s stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

Yet, in attempting to defend a lacklustre performance from Saturday’s stalemate at Atletico Madrid, Zidane turned the spotlight once more on the misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Chelsea’s Conte takes aim at fixture organisers

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Antonio Conte criticised football’s fixture planners as he prepares his side for a manic month in the wake of their 4-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Conte’s side eased to victory at The Hawthorns but Conte is already warning his players they face their biggest game of the season at Azerbaijan side FK Qarabag in the Champions League on Wednesday.

FC Barcelona

Man United or Barcelona leading the race to sign this star striker

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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has tipped Antoine Griezmann to join either Manchester United or Barcelona next summer.

The striker has been linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid, but Balague believes he will see out the season with his current club.

“Griezmann will stay at Atletico Madrid in the New Year, but Atleti are working on the assumption he is leaving next season,” he told Sky Sports.

FC Barcelona Emerges Winner after a Crazy Week in La Liga

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Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.
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Strange is football at times and that was reminded again this weekend when a set of Crazy results ended up Barca increasing their lead on top. It was quite funny to an extent, when Barca dropped two more points suddenly Barca's unassailable position in League was under threat.

Turan definitely leaving Barcelona – Should Arsenal take him?

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Arsenal have been linked with the Turkish star Arda Turan for many years, even before Barcelona snatched him from Atletico Madrid in January 2016. But obviously with the strikers that Barca have to choose from he has not had many chances to show his worth in Cataluña, making just 55 appearances since his arrival and [.

Champions League: Antoine Griezmann Scores Belting Overhead Kick As Atletico Madrid Keep Faint Qualification Hopes Alive (Photo & Video)

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Atletico Madrid kept their faint hopes of squeezing through to the Champions League knockout stages alive with a 2-0 win over Roma at the Metropolitano on Wednesday night.

The home side took until the 69th minute to make the break through when Antoine Griezmann dispatched Angel Correa's cut-back with a handsome overhead kick.

UEFA Champions League Wednesday Preview: Juventus hosts Barcelona, Roma travels to Atletico, and more

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Matchday 5 in the UEFA Champions League continues this week with several mouth-watering fixtures on display.

The premier match comes from Turin as Juventus hosts Barcelona in a rematch of last year's quarterfinals. Barcelona defeated the Old Lady 3-0 earlier this group-stage and is one of the in-form sides in all of Europe.

Chelsea

Champions League: Chelsea Fail To Top Group After Draw With Atletico Madrid At Stamford Bridge (Video)

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Chelsea face the prospect of facing one the Europe's big guns after a 1-1 home draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night saw them finish Group C in second place.

The Blues impressed throughout their encounter with Atletico, creating a number of chances without managing to make the breakthrough.

Confirmed Team News: Chelsea vs Atletico Madrid lineups

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Video: Chelsea players inspect the pitch ahead of Atletico Madrid clash

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Chelsea v Atletico Madrid - It's all or nothing for Atletico - Three points wins the group for Chelsea.

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in match-day six of the Champions League knowing that having already qualified for the knock-out stages, victory will win the group.

The Dilemma for Antonio Conte tonight will be how to approach the game this evening.

Conte Happy As Chelsea Wrap Up Champions League Knockout Place

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Head coach Antonio Conte praised the character of his Chelsea players after securing Champions League qualification with a 4-0 Group C win at Qarabag.

Chelsea ensured their longest Champions League journey it is almost 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometres) between London and Baku, Azerbaijan was worthwhile by qualifying ahead of December's clash with Atletico Madrid.

Transfer News & Rumours

Tottenham, Newcastle and Merseysiders battle to sign 30-year-old La Liga striker

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According to Don Balon via talkSPORT, Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Everton. The 30-year-old centre-forward has struggled for playing time this season, and could consider his future at the Wanda Metropolitano as a result.

Gameiro, who joined Atleti from Sevilla for £29m in 2016, has made just three La Liga starts, albeit scoring and creating four goals for his troubles.

Man City and Napoli on alert after £14m La Liga defender becomes available

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According to Marca via talkSPORT, Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko has asked the club to leave in January, having struggled for playing time this season.

The 25-year-old, who joined Atleti from Sassuolo in 2016, has failed to nail down a starting place with the La Liga giants, while struggling with knee and foot injuries.

Atletico Madrid willing to sell Manchester United target Jose Gimenez

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According to reports in Calciomercato, Atletico Madrid may be willing to sell Juventus and Manchester United target Jose Gimenez.

The Uruguay international has been hot property in recent months and signed a new contract with the Spanish club, but has regularly been linked with other clubs, who may be willing to pay the 22-year-old’s £58m release clause.

The Rest

Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid - I Allowed Chelsea to Win Tonight.

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Us: I've got that many presents to buy for our shelter kids and so much accounting to do to make sure they get the most out of our money that I can't remember what I ate for breakfast, let alone who is rotating out for who. This is who played tonight: Courtois, Dave, Christensen, Cahill, Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Fabregas, Zapppacosta, Hazard and Morata.

Modern Football Is Rubbish: Sergio Ramos Customises New Protective Face Mask With Powerful Motivational Message (Photos)

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Sergio Ramos was forced to sit out of Real Madrid's midweek Champions League engagement with APOEL after getting his nose broken in the Madrid derby that preceded it on the Saturday before.

The 31-year-old defender was left with blood cascading out of his beak after being caught by a flailing boot from Atletico full-back Lucas Hernandez.