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25 Apr 2019 | 6:46 AM

Nadal advances in Barcelona after dropping set to Mayer

BARCELONA (Reuters) - World number two Rafael Nadal dropped a set at the Barcelona Open for the first time in four years before advancing to the last 16, beating Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-7(7) 6-4 6-2 on Wednesday.

25 Apr 2019 | 12:39 AM

La Liga clubs vote against changes to Copa del Rey, Super Cup

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Clubs in the top two divisions of Spanish football have overwhelmingly voted against plans by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) to shake up the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, La Liga's organising body said on Wednesday.

21 Apr 2019 | 5:33 AM

Barca put one hand on title after edging past Sociedad

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title on Saturday after earning a hard-fought 2-1 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp, with goals from defenders Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba restoring their nine-point lead at the top of the table.

19 Apr 2019 | 11:10 PM

England women must win trophies before fighting for equal pay - Duggan

BARCELONA (Reuters) - England women's forward Toni Duggan says her nation must match the achievements of three-times world champions the United States and "put trophies on the table" before they also ask for equal conditions as the men's team.

18 Apr 2019 | 7:59 PM

Barca announce pre-season tour of Japan, meeting Chelsea and Kobe

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona have announced they will visit Japan as part of their preparations for next season, facing Premier League Chelsea in July as well as former captain Andres Iniesta's side Vissel Kobe, who play in the Japanese top flight.

18 Apr 2019 | 7:53 PM

Coutinho under spotlight against Sociedad after 'ugly gesture'

BARCELONA (Reuters) - After confronting fans during Tuesday's Champions League win over Manchester United, Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho is under pressure to show some consistency when the runaway La Liga leaders host Real Sociedad on Saturday.

17 Apr 2019 | 7:45 PM

Messi urges Barca to show more early focus after climbing quarter-final barrier

BARCELONA (Reuters) - There was a huge sense of relief in Barcelona after brushing aside their recent Champions League quarter-final failures by beating Manchester United, but Lionel Messi still criticised his side's shaky start to the game.

17 Apr 2019 | 8:25 AM

'Messi always gets us out of trouble' - Valverde

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde praised Lionel Messi for settling his side down after a nervy start against Manchester United and inspiring the Catalans to a 3-0 victory to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

17 Apr 2019 | 6:54 AM

Solskjaer calls for squad rebuild after United outclassed by Barca

BARCELONA (Reuters) - After their slim hopes of another famous Champions League revival were stopped dead by Lionel Messi and a rampant Barcelona, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his Manchester United side need a huge overhaul in order to return to Europe's elite.

17 Apr 2019 | 6:02 AM

Barca reach semis with Messi exhibition against United

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Lionel Messi produced another masterful Champions League performance to knock out Manchester United and fire Barcelona into the semi-finals for the first time in four years, scoring twice in a 3-0 home win on Tuesday.