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Alonso delighted with derby win

12 April 2012 10:09

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has voiced his delight with his side's 4-1 La Liga win over city-rivals Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Jose Mourinho's side moved four points clear of Barcelona again in the table following Wednesday's victory, and Xabi Alonso stressed that the win was a real confidence boost for his side.

"We knew taking three points was crucial tonight (Wednesday) and we played an intense game to earn a victory that give us a big confidence boost," Xabi Alonso stated to the official Madrid website.

"The key was to drop no points and we must focus on one game at a time because every match is vital. The first two goals boosted our confidence and were decisive. We're satisfied. We're happy for defeating a great team and for taking three fundamental points in a derby.

"We must take things slowly and focus first on our match against Sporting Gijon, who should be respected because they have a lot at stake."

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La Liga wrap: Ronaldo sparks Real rout

12 April 2012 08:24

Cristiano Ronaldo fired a hat-trick as Real Madrid restored their four-point lead atop La Liga with a 4-1 rout of Atletico Madrid.

Ronaldo was the star of the capital city derby, opening his side's account in emphatic fashion after dipping a superb 30-yard free-kick into goal after 25 minutes.

Hosts Atletico restored parity 10 minutes into the second half when Radamel Falcao headed Adrian's cross into the back of the net.

Real responded 13 minutes later as Ronaldo took advantage of some unsure defending before firing another sterling strike into the top corner.

The Portuguese forward completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot before Jose Callejon rounded out the victory in the closing stages.

The win takes Real four points clear of title rivals Barcelona.

Levante's dream of Champions League football took a major hit as they fell 3-2 on the road at Sporting Gijon, who are now four points from safety.

Valdo opened the scoring for the visitors before Gijon's Oscar Trejo restored parity on 23 minutes.

Arouna Kone regained the lead for Levante in the 63rd minute, only for Alberto Ramos to bring his team back into the match again 11 minutes later.

Gaston Maximiliano fired Gijon to the come-from-behind victory, shooting from outside the box for an 84th-minute winner.

With the result, Levante remain in fifth place, two points adrift of Malaga, while Sporting are in 19th with 28 points.

Elsewhere, Athletic Bilbao registered two late goals to earn a 2-2 draw with Granada.

The hosts earned a surprising lead against Marcelo Bielsa's men after two minutes, with Jaime Romero placing the ball home after Gorka Iraizoz did well to stop a Mikel Rico shot.

Granada doubled up against the Europa League semi-finalists thanks to Alexandre Geijo, who finished calmly from inside the box after 74 minutes.

Fernando Llorente, who missed a penalty kick in the first half, brought his team back into the match with nine minutes remaining, before Markel Susaeta secured a dramatic draw three minutes from time.

With the draw, Bilbao are in eighth place on 42 points, four back of a Europa League spot.

Granada are in 16th with 36 points, eight above the relegation zone.

And Valencia ran out 4-1 winners at home to Rayo Vallecano to reclaim third place from Malaga.

Jonas Goncalves scored a double for the victors, with Jordi Alba and Pablo Hernandez also on target.

Diego Costa was the solitary scorer for Vallecano, who stay in 12th place after a fourth defeat in five matches.

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Schuster anticipates eventful derby

11 April 2012 16:58

Bernd Schuster believes Real Madrid are the clear favourites going into a La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Real go into the match at Estadio Vicente Calderon on top of the table and will take confidence from the fact that it has been 12 years since their cross-city rivals last defeated them.

Jose Mourinho's side have seen their lead over Barcelona cut to just one point and Schuster knows Real cannot afford to slip up.

"Anything can happen in a derby," the former Real and Atletico attacking midfielder told Radio Marca.

"They can have goals and dismissals. The derbies are special.

"There is no doubt Madrid are favourites, but this is a key moment in their season. Atletico also need points to get into contention for a European place."

Schuster is also of the opinion that even if Real do pick up three points at the Vicente Calderon, they will still have plenty of work to do if they are to land the title.

"I do not think Madrid will be champions if they win the derby," he said.

"There is still another Clasico (against Barca) and other games against opponents who are fighting for their lives."

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Casillas prioritising Atletico clash

10 April 2012 14:38

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for maximum focus ahead of his team's derby clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

La Liga leaders Real will lock horns with title rivals Barcelona in a match which could decide the outcome of the championship on April 21.

But Casillas knows the immediate priority is picking up all three points against Atletico when they travel to Estadio Vicente Calderon.

"We must only think about winning against Atletico in order to have a chance of winning the title," Casillas told Bwin.com.

"They are increasingly anxious to defeat us each year, but we're solid on the road. The derby will be a great match.

"They may have had some ups and downs in La Liga, but they are generally improving. Just look how far they've gone in the Europa League.

"They will be looking forward to the match because they really want to defeat Real Madrid. They have good touch on ball and know what they must do.

In addition, you must consider their drive, the fact that they host the match, and their crowd."

Real lead La Liga by four points from defending champions Barcelona.

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Falcao desperate for derby goal

10 April 2012 10:37

Atletico Madrid attacker Radamel Falcao is desperate to find the net against cross town rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old striker has already found the net 20 times in La Liga this term, and the Colombian is keen to add to his tally in Wednesday's derby at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

"It would be very special if I score in the derby. Goals in derbies are always special, and those who score will make history. I hope that we win, and it will be even better if I score," Falcao told El Mundo Deportivo.

"We are only thinking about winning the match, not about what a loss would mean for Real. We are focused on ourselves and at the opportunity to beat them in our own stadium. We have to remain calm."

"Real Madrid have some great individuals who can decide the game, but they've been very strong as a team as well. Above all, it's their individual quality that stands out though."

Atletico, who are seventh in La Liga this season, have not beaten Real since 1999.

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La Liga preview: High stakes in Madrid derby

9 April 2012 11:31

Barcelona will be hoping Atletico Madrid will do them a favour in the Madrid derby as La Liga packs in a full round of games midweek.

Atletico host Real Madrid on Wednesday but in bad news for Barcelona, Atletico have failed to defeat their local rivals in 20-straight clashes.

A win for Atletico would be their first since the 1999/2000 season and would give Barcelona a chance to move within one point of Real Madrid at the top of the table.

Atletico sit seventh in the Spanish league on 42 points, trailing their bitter rivals by 37.

Diego Simeone's side qualified for the Europa League semi-finals last week with a 2-1 win over Hannover, but looked tired in their 2-0 loss to Levante on Sunday, while Real drew 0-0 with Valencia.

That draw was the first time Real have been held scoreless in La Liga since September 21 when they drew 0-0 against Racing Santander.

Barcelona take on 10th-placed Getafe on Tuesday and know they cannot afford to drop any more points if they are to catch Real in the last seven rounds.

The Catalan club came from behind to beat Real Zaragoza 4-1 on Saturday.

In the race for the two other Champions League spots, Valencia, Levante and Malaga are separated by just two points.

Levante travel to Sporting Gijon and Valencia host Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, while Malaga will play Villarreal on Thursday.

Levante look to have the easiest match of the three Champions League hopefuls.

The Valencia-based club, which is run on a minimal budget, will be one of the fairytale stories of the European season if they can qualify for the Champions League next season.

Levante are currently fourth, a point ahead of cashed-up Malaga, who are owned by a Qatari royal.

If Malaga miss out on a Champions League berth it will be a disappointing performance by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who has spent plenty of money on the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Santi Cazorla and Julio Baptista.

In other matches, Espanyol travel to Osasuna and Sociedad take on Betis on Tuesday, while Granada face Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

The midweek games finish up on Thursday with Santander hosting Mallorca and Sevilla up against Zaragoza.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +89 100
2 38 +85 91
3 38 +15 61
4 38 +1 58
5 38 +7 56
6 38 +4 55
7 38 -17 54
8 38 -4 52
9 38 +1 50
10 38 -3 49
11 38 -11 47
12 38 -6 47
13 38 -9 47
14 38 -10 46
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -25 43
17 38 -21 42
18 38 -14 41
19 38 -27 37
20 38 -35 27