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.
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
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.”
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
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
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
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,