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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

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Barca facing first trophyless season in six years

Barcelona's painful reverse to arch rivals Real Madrid in Wednesday's King's Cup final brings to an end a hellish week and leaves them facing their first season without major silverware in six years.

Real fans jam streets to celebrate Copa del Rey win

Thousands of fans took to the streets of Madrid on Thursday, setting off fireworks and waving flags, to celebrate Real Madrid's 2-1 win over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.

Our win was for Hillsborough victims: Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has dedicated Liverpool's crucial win against title rivals Manchester City to the victims and families of the Hillsborough disaster. Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of the tragedy and Anfield will host the annual memorial service.

Injuries mar Barca, Real Copa del Rey final preparations

Barcelona and Real Madrid face off for the first major title of the Spanish season in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday.

Indian football league gets push from former cricket captains, Bollywood stars

Given that football in India struggles from a lack of fans and finance, the cash-rich Indian Super League with its stated emphasis on grassroots development could be the push it needs. Among owners of eight franchises of the league are former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and a few Bollywood actors.

Liverpool beat Man City 3-2 in nail-biter, extend lead in EPL

Philippe Coutinho's 78th-minute winner gave Liverpool a crucial 3-2 victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City on a day of raw emotion at Anfield.

Martino laments Barca's lack of killer instinct

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rued his side's profligacy in front of goal as their La Liga title hopes were all but ended by a 1-0 defeat away to Granada on Saturday.

Barcelona in need of domestic boost

Reigning La Liga champions Barcelona will need to recover quickly to maintain hopes of retaining their title as they travel to Granada on Saturday just three days after being dumped out the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.

Juve keep Europa League dream alive

Valencia turned the tables on a stunned Basel side to reach the Europa League semifinals on Thursday with a 5-0 win after extra time thanks to a Paco Alcacer hat-trick as they recovered from a three-goal first-leg deficit.

Injured Ronaldo a doubt for King's Cup final

Cristiano Ronaldo has sustained a muscle injury in his left thigh, Real Madrid announced on Thursday, making the Portuguese striker a doubt for next week's King's Cup final against Barcelona.

Bayern dismissive of Dortmund league clash

European champions Bayern Munich have dismissed Saturday's Bundesliga showdown against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund as no more than a clash for bragging rights between Germany's top sides.

Champions League: Five reasons Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona

Atletico Madrid sealed an historic triumph over Barcelona on Wednesday as they progressed to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years with a 2-1 aggregate victory. Here's how Diego Simeone's men overcame the Catalans.

Champions League: Bayern, Atletico into semis; Barca, Man Utd out

Atletico Madrid's resurgence continued just a year after they were forced to sell leading scorer Radamel Falcao to reduce their huge debts as they eliminated Barcelona to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 40 years.

Dortmund go out in a blaze of glory

Borussia Dortmund may have missed out on a Champions League semi-finals berth following an agonising 3-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid but the German club can regard themselves as winners on many levels.

Cech hails Chelsea's 'moral strength'

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech hailed the team's "moral strength" on Wednesday after a last-gasp goal sent the Blues past Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League semi-finals the day before.
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