Luis Suarez double salvages Barcelona against 10-man Atletico [VIDEO]

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Atletico Madrid were left to rue Fernando Torres’s first-half red card as Luis Suarez’s double handed Barcelona a 2-1 lead on Tuesday heading into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Torres got Atletico off to the perfect start as he slotted home Koke’s through ball for a vital away goal on 25 minutes, but saw two quick fire yellow cards to leave his side a man short for over an hour. A second-half onslaught from Barca ensued and Suarez turned the game on its head as he bundled home to equalize, before powering in a header for the winner 16 minutes from time. The sides meet once more to decide who will progress to the semi-finals at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon on April 13. “Obviously a sending off in the first half will affect the game, even more when it’s a great player,” said Suarez. “Everyone
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Bayern Munich wary of Champions League slip-up against Benfica

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Bayern Munich are eager to avoid suffering another Champions League slip-up to Portuguese opposition when they host Benfica for the quarter-finals first leg on Tuesday. Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians were humbled 3-1 away to Porto at the same stage of the competition last season in the first leg before roaring back with a 6-1 victory in Munich to reach the semi-finals with a 9-2 aggregate win. After Bayern beat last season’s finalists Juventus 6-4 on aggregate in the last 16, the German media appear to think their passage into the semi-finals is a foregone conclusion before they even face Portuguese league leaders Benfica over two legs. But the Bavarians insist on taking nothing for granted. “The game is dangerous. We have to remind ourselves about what we experienced in Porto last year,” said Bayern’s forward Mario Goezte. Germany’s World Cup winner hopes to face Benfica after his powerful
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Spurs held at Liverpool while Arsenal and Manchester City stroll

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Leaders Leicester City can go seven points clear in the Premier League after closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur dropped points in a frantic 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Saturday. Harry Kane struck in the 63rd minute to cancel out Philippe Coutinho’s opener for Liverpool, leaving Spurs four points below Leicester, who host Southampton on Sunday. Arsenal and Manchester City had earlier kept their title hopes flickering with one-sided 4-0 wins, Arsenal defeating their FA Cup conquerors Watford and City easing to victory at Bournemouth. “The feeling after the game is that we missed two points,” said Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. “I am happy and very pleased with the performance. “Leicester have a tough game against Southampton, but we need to believe. Leicester deserve to be in the place they are, but in football anything can happen. We have to fight until the end of the season.” Having
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Cristiano Ronaldo winner breaks Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run in El Clasico

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Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winner as 10-man Real Madrid came from behind to end Barcelona’s 39-game unbeaten run 2-1 in El Clasico at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Gerard Pique’s towering header put the hosts in front on the night they honored legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff. Yet, Karim Benzema quickly leveled before Ronaldo fired home five minutes from time after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos had seen the 21st red card of his career. Over 90,000 Barcelona fans took part in a spectacular pre-match display in honor of legendary former player and coach Johan Cruyff ahead of El Clasico against Real Madrid on Saturday. The display read “Thank you Johan” alongside a Barca jersey with the number 14 the Dutch great wore during his playing career. A video dedication of Barca’s greats, including the club’s most successful ever coach Pep Guardiola, thanking Cruyff was played
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NBCSN’s new video celebrates the drama of relegation [VIDEO]

newcastle-relegation Relegation is not for the faint of heart. It can be a cruel mistress. But, for the neutral, it’s a fascinating part of the world’s most beautiful sport that adds so much suspense in the final weeks of a season. Not surprisingly, NBC Sports Group has latched on to the interest in the race to avoid relegation by releasing a brand-new commercial to promote its coverage. As is customary from NBC Sports, they’ve put together a very creative video. In this one, titled ‘The Butcher, they use a British butcher to demonstrate the League’s relegation system. The butcher in the spot, 54-year old Gary Chadwick, is not an actor – he owns and runs Chadwicks Butchers on London’s Balham High Road. Chadwicks Butchers has been in business for the past 17 years. In the ad, Chadwick explains and demonstrates how only the finest quality “meat” is selected for the Premier
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Where to find Barcelona vs. Real Madrid on TV

barcelona-real-madrid If you’re asking yourself “Where can I find el Clasico on TV or Internet,” here’s all of the details you need. There’s only one TV network in the United States that has the rights to show the game live on television, and that’s beIN SPORTS (English-language) and beIN SPORTS en Espanol (Spanish-language). beIN SPORTS is available in approximately 25 million homes in the United States. Its sister channel, beIN SPORTS en Español, will broadcast the game live in Spanish, but that network is also not available everywhere. But the good news is that you can watch a legal, live stream of beIN SPORTS and/or beIN SPORTS Español on fuboTV, which you can live stream to your computer, tablet or smartphone or Roku device. Programming note: Even if you don’t have a TV subscription to beIN SPORTS or beIN SPORTS en Espanol, you can watch Barcelona versus Real Madrid live on
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YipTV offers beIN SPORTS and 100+ international channels via streaming service

yiptv-screenshot With streaming services, instead of being tied down to the one local cable company that’s available in your neighborhood, you can cut the cord and select from several streaming companies that each offer different channels to suit your needs. One streaming provider that I was recently made aware of is YipTV, which specializes in Spanish-language TV networks as well as offering beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. What’s different about YipTV is that one, it offers a free membership where you can watch as many of the free 18 channels as you like. Plus, for the first 7 days, you get 9 bonus channels, which include the soccer-friendly TyC Sports channel. Two, no credit card is required for the free membership. Three, YipTV offers the most comprehensive selection of international channels (more than 100). Four, with the free membership, you can watch YipTV on up to 2 devices,
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Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

barcelona-real-madrid-el-clasico In a Premier League season that has swayed one way and then the other, this upcoming weekend is likely to be looked back upon as one that was vital in determining the eventual winners. Both of the top two have seven games remaining and both have testing contests to come against teams who are well in the hunt for a European push. Elsewhere, the world’s biggest club soccer match will be played in Spain, while bookending the weekend will be tussles in the Bundesliga and Major League Soccer. All kick-offs are in Eastern time. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy the games!

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Everton’s Cup run covering up a multitude of issues under Roberto Martinez

robertomartinez Everton boss Roberto Martinez is actually on the precipice of giving the club’s supporters something they’ve craved for a long time. It’s been 21 years since the Toffees last lifted silverware and as Romelu Lukaku fired this team into the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the prospect of winning a trophy is a very real one for this talented group. A trip to Wembley Stadium, whether in the last four or the last two of this traditional tournament, is enough to enrich the mood around any football club too. But for Martinez and Everton, the date under the iconic arch on April 23 is underpinned by some glaring and festering issues. Issues which were again hauled under the microscope for a forensic examination in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. “Today was a one-off,” said the manager in the aftermath of the contest, a comment which prompted
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Amnesty International accuses Qatar of abusing World Cup workers

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Qatar World Cup stadium workers have suffered abuse and been subjected to forced labour, Amnesty International said Thursday, for the first time alleging rights violations at a 2022 tournament venue. The London-based watchdog said laborers at the Khalifa International Stadium, mostly from Bangladesh, India and Nepal, were lied to over their salaries, went unpaid for months and were housed in squalid accommodation, which it claims amount to forced labour. Seven workers at the venue, which will also host the 2019 World Athletics Championships, were even prevented from returning home to help their families after Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake. “This is a World Cup based on labour exploitation,” said Amnesty’s Mustafa Qadri. SEE MORE: Qatar looks to Airbnb to house fans in 2022 The poor treatment of construction workers is one of the major issues that has dogged the Gulf state since the controversial decision to award it
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7 ways to watch el Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid for free

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The biggest soccer match of 2016 thus far kicks off this Saturday when Barcelona hosts Real Madrid in el Clasico. It’ll be the 172nd time the teams have met, and the pressure will certainly be on both teams as they fight for the respect of their fans around the world.

Real Madrid will want to avenge their 0-4 loss to Barcelona from November. Plus with 8 games to go in the Primera Liga season, Real Madrid face the prospect of going 13 points behind Barcelona if Los Blancos lose at Camp Nou.

This promises be a must-see match featuring many of the world greats including Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Andres Iniesta and many others.

Here are the 7 ways you can watch the game for free:

1. beIN SPORTS. The only English-language network in the United States that is legally showing the

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Gary Neville sacked as Valencia coach

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Gary Neville has been sacked as coach of Valencia, the struggling Spanish club confirmed on Wednesday.

“Valencia Football Club have today parted company with Gary Neville as head coach,” Valencia said in a statement published in English on their website.

“After careful consideration, the Club have decided to make a change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season. We thank Gary for his work at Valencia and wish him the best in the future.”

SEE MORE: Gary Neville’s famous effort and acumen will be tested by Valencia’s pressure cooker

Pako Ayestaran, previously an assistant coach at the Mestalla, has been appointed as Neville’s replacement until the end of the season.

Klinsmann hangs on by a thread after USA beats Guatemala but loses to Colombia

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Another dramatic and important night in US Soccer ended as many expected it to, with the US Men’s National Team putting in a typical American effort in a 4-0 demolition of Guatemala, while the U-23’s lacked the quality or the nous to overcome Colombia in the second leg of their Olympic qualifying tie.

So where does that leave the US National Team program heading into the Copa America Centenario in the summer, and beyond?

In Columbus, the senior team put in the shift everyone expected a desperate team to put in at home. There are times in World Cup qualifying when desperation sets in, and in the past the US has always responded. When they needed to win in Barbados to qualify for the Hex in 2001, they did (though it took 65 minutes to finally get a goal, they scored three more). Last time in this very stage of

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USA announces dates for Copa America friendlies and Florida WC2018 qualifier

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Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States soccer squad, in jeopardy of missing the final round of North American 2018 World Cup qualifying, announced details Tuesday on a key qualifier and two Copa America Centenario warmups. The Americans, who will host the special 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament in June, will face Ecuador on May 25 in Frisco, Texas, and Bolivia three days later in Kansas City, as preparation for their Copa opener June 3 against Colombia. And the US Soccer Federation announced the September 6 home qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago in the semi-final group stage of World Cup qualifying will be played at Jacksonville, Florida. The Americans are third in Group C at 1-1-1 for four points, three behind leaders Trinidad and Tobago and two adrift of Guatemala with only two teams advancing to next year’s “Hexagonal” final round to determine World Cup 2018
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Klinsmann’s prioritization of Olympic qualification could cost him USMNT job

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The panic signs exhibited by United States fans ahead of tonight’s must-win clash with Guatemala in Columbus are not surprising. The fan base of the United States Men’s National Team has become more disenchanted with the management regime of Jürgen Klinsmann with every passing month. During Klinsmann’s tenure, the USMNT has lurched from crisis to crisis on the field while off-the-pitch passions have boiled over due to the manager’s outspoken nature including his shots at Major League Soccer and his player selection policies. American fans have largely been polarized by Klinsmann, though the manager himself might be the person most responsible for this as he has been an open book with his opinions and set performance benchmarks that, while perhaps unrealistic, he allowed himself to be defined by. Klinsmann, as I have stated before, was dealt a very bad hand with the current crop
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Greek government stays with decision to cancel Greek Cup

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Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said Monday he will accept a delegation from FIFA and UEFA on Wednesday to discuss his decision to indefinitely postpone the Greek Cup competition, but insists his actions were justified. “We will battle to confirm our decision. It was founded on legal terms and is a measure which solves the serious problem of public order,” Kontonis told a press conference. Greek media reported that FIFA and UEFA officials will try to convince Kontonis to withdraw his decision or the country’s teams may face disqualification from European and international competitions. “The government is here. We will come into conflict with not only those with interests, but all those who think they can blackmail or intimidate the government. There is no other road for us except the courts. We will support our decisions in the courts of the country,” Kontonis said. He said the
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Deschamps’ focus on Euro 2016, not attacks ahead of Stade de France return

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Didier Deschamps admitted that last November’s attacks were on everyone’s minds on the eve of his side’s return to the Stade de France, but they were determined to get on with the job of preparing for Euro 2016. “You don’t forget, but you have to move forward,” said Deschamps as the Euro 2016 hosts play an international friendly against Russia in Paris on Tuesday. The game against Russia is the first football international since the France versus Germany game on November 13 last year. That night 130 people were killed in a series of attacks across the French capital with suicide bombers detonating explosives outside the Stade de France, killing one person and injuring dozens. France captain Hugo Lloris said: “To be honest the players don’t talk about it amongst themselves. But after a trauma like this there must be a day after. DON’T MISS: Euro 2016
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Shell-shocked Germany host bogey side Italy in soccer friendly

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Shell-shocked Germany hunt a rare win over bogey side Italy in a friendly international in Munich on Tuesday as the world champions seek to bounce back from their defeat to England. Joachim Loew’s Germany threw away a two-goal lead in Berlin on Saturday to slump to a 3-2 loss against Roy Hodgson’s England. “That was a wake-up call,” fumed Germany’s captain Sami Khedira, a stand-in with Bastian Schweinsteiger ruled out of the Italy friendly with a knee injury. Less than three months before the start of the European championships in France, the England defeat exposed sloppy defending and lack of composure in the world champions’ ranks. On the back of an unconvincing qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, the defeat to England has further rattled the Germans. “We have to be clear that a game like that in a tournament means you’re going home,” said Germany striker Mario
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Klinsmann and USA under scrutiny ahead of Guatemala rematch

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The pressure is on coach Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States as they host Guatemala on Tuesday aiming to bounce back from an embarrassing 2-0 defeat in Guatemala City in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Klinsmann blamed “lack of focus” for the defeat in Guatemala City, which left the United States in third place in Group C in the fourth round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF). Guatemala outplayed the visitors throughout and took advantage of lethargic US defending to score both goals. Klinsmann, already criticized in the wake of last year’s semi-final Gold Cup exit and Confederations Cup playoff defeat, appeared unhappy with his team’s effort. But plenty of pundits pointed to his own puzzling lineup choices as a contributing factor. Klinsmann, juggling after injuries to Matt Besler, John Brooks and Fabian Johnson, started Geoff Cameron at full-back rather in the more
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Euro 2016 fan zones ‘as safe as stadiums,’ says French prime minister

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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls insisted Sunday that fan zones at Euro 2016 will be as safe as the tournament’s stadiums despite fears they may be soft targets for terror attacks. Security concerns around the June 10-July 10 event, which is expected to attract up to eight million fans, have been heightened after the Brussels attacks which left 28 people dead and 340 injured. “These fans zones will be secure, closed, bags will be searched and at the same time the party will take place,” Valls told France 2 television. Since the attacks in Brussels, many politicians on the right have cast doubts over how safe the fan zones will be and fear that the high profile supporters areas such as the one in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower will be targeted. SEE MORE: Schedule of games during international break on US TV and live streaming
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