Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Real Madrid rests stars and beat Barcelona
Guardian, March 4th, 2013 3:05PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Seven Real Madrid stars -- Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sami Khedira, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil and Angel Di Maria -- were on the bench when Saturday's La Liga clasico against Barcelona kicked off, yet Real pulled off a 2-1 win, its second win over Barca within a week.

Coach Jose Mourinho rested the players for Tuesday's Champions League clash at Manchester United. (Arbeloa, Khedira and Ronaldo were second-half subs.) Last Tuesday, Real beat Barca, 3-1, to reach the Spanish Cup final. It marked the first time Real Madrid beat Barca twice in a row for almost six years, but Barcelona still has an 11-point lead over second-place Atletico Madrid and a 13-point edge over third-place Real.

Lionel Messi scored Barca's lone goal on Saturday. It was his 18th Clasico goal, tying Alfredo Di Stefano's record, and kept his streak of goals in 16 straight La Liga games alive.

But goals by Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema sunk Barcelona, which will be without keeper Victor Valdes, who is expected to receive a lengthy suspension for verbally abusing referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa at the final whistle. Valdes claimed Barca had deserved a late penalty kick. According the the referee's report, Valdes yelled, "You [the officials] s**t yourselves, you have no shame."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Man United Makes World Record Bid for Bale     
Manchester United submitted a blockbuster transfer bid for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on Tuesday, offering ...
AWOL Ronaldinho Receives Queretaro Warning    
Queretaro on Tuesday threatened to release Ronaldinho if the former two-time World Player of the Year ...
Zlatan Fury at Swedish Ranking Snub    
Earlier this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacted angrily to finishing second on a list of top Swedish ...
Rodgers: Balotelli's Style Not Suited for Liverpool     
Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday suggested that Mario Balotelli's style is not best-suited to Liverpool's game, saying ...
Mourinho: No Chance of Signing Messi     
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea has "no chance" of signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona, despite reports ...
De Laurentiis: 'Spectacular' Supercoppa Win     
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes Italian soccer came out the real winner following Monday night's ...
Mourinho Hails 'Amazing' Blues     
Jose Mourinho described Chelsea's 2-0 win at Stoke City on Monday night as an "amazing" performance ...
Aguirre to Hold Press Conference About Game-Fixing Allegations    
The Japanese soccer association (JFA) on Monday confirmed that head coach Javier Aguirre, who was recently ...
Hummels Slams BVB's 'Rubbish' Away Record     
Manchester United target Mats Hummels has described Borussia Dortmund's first half of the season as "rubbish," ...
Fergie Hails Carrick, Rooney, RVP, De Gea    
Alex Ferguson thinks Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and David De Gea have enough ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives