Argentina travel to Ecuador for their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier with a big doubt hanging over the head of star striker Lionel Messi. A victory would all but assure the twice world champions’ place at next year’s showpiece in neighbours Brazil but without Messi, Argentina are not the same animal
The Argentine failed to re-appear in the second half of the Blaugrana's first-leg clash against PSG after giving his side the lead moments beforehand
The Blancos coach believes that his Portuguese did more to merit the award than eventual winner Lionel Messi
Barcelona completed a remarkable comeback on Tuesday, beating AC Milan 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Italy, Barca levelled the tie on aggregate thanks to two first-half goals from Lionel Messi, before David Villa and Jordi Alba netted in the second half to seal a 4-2 aggregate win. Turkish giants Galatasaray also qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, beating German clubside Schalke 04, 3-2 for a 4-3 aggregate victory
The 25-year-old has hit back at claims he is carrying an inflated sense of self-importance and says he will not push son Thiago into becoming a professional footballer
The Argentina legend's stance remains the same regarding the two players, even though the Portuguese has come out on top in their recent encounters
Barcelona’s recent slump continued as Sergio Ramos’ header nine minutes from time handed Real Madrid their second win over the Catalans in five days. Karim Benzema had given the hosts the perfect start as he stabbed home Alvaro Morata’s cross after just six minutes, but Barca were level just 12 minutes later when Lionel Messi equalled Alfredo di Stefano’s record for goals scored in Clasicos as he rifled in his 18th strike in clashes between the two. The rest of the first half was then played out at a rather pedestrian pace but the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo from the Madrid bench livened up matters after the break and Madrid eventually found the winner when Ramos rose highest to power home Luka Modric’s corner.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner says the side are disappointed after defeats to Real Madrid and AC Milan, but has faith that they will bounce back soon
The Rossoneri president is anticipating a tough clash against Barcelona on Wednesday, and hinted that Massimiliano Allegri will see out his contract at San Siro
FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will meet for the 32nd time in the Copa del Rey Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. According to the Catalan Club’s website, the previous 31 meetings have seen Barcelona win 16, lose 10 and draw 5 times
Following the match against CA Osasuna, FC Barcelona forward Pedro Rodríguez (25) took time out to appear on Barça TV programme “El Marcador”. He spoke about his current form and the upcoming Copa del Rey Clásico that could be his 200th game for the club, revealing that he is feeling confident ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
The 25-year-old was delighted the Blaugrana were not distracted by their impending Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday, while Jordi Roura heaped praise on the Argentine