Football: Injury-hit Real tasked with breaking down Atletico wall

 Real Madrid have the unenviable task of beating city rivals Atletico Madrid at the eighth attempt this season if they are to progress to a fifth consecutive Champions League semi-final.

Real Madrid pay heavy price as title race remains tight
Real Madrid pay heavy price as title race remains tight

 The gap between leaders FC Barcelona and second-placed Real Madrid at the top of La Liga remains just two points after the 32nd round of matches.

Real Madrid confirm Gareth Bale calf injury
Real Madrid confirm Gareth Bale calf injury

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale looks set to miss the European champions decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday after scans confirmed a muscle injury in his left calf.

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric to miss Atletico return: Reports
Gareth Bale, Luka Modric to miss Atletico return: Reports

Real Madrid suffered a double injury blow as Spanish media reported on Sunday that both Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have been ruled out of their decisive Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Luka Modric set to miss rest of La Liga season with knee injury
Luka Modric set to miss rest of La Liga season with knee injury

 Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has suffered knee ligament damage and could miss the rest of the La Liga season, the club said on Sunday.

Real Madrid beat Malaga to keep the heat on Barcelona
Real Madrid beat Malaga to keep the heat on Barcelona

Real Madrid kept up the chase behind FC Barcelona in the race for the BBVA Primera Liga title as goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo gave them a hard-fought win against Malaga, a media report said on Sunday.

Gareth Bale injured days before Atletico decider
Gareth Bale injured days before Atletico decider

Real Madrid suffered what could be a huge injury blow ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday as Gareth Bale hobbled off with an injury just five minutes into their La Liga clash with Malaga on Saturday.

La Liga: Valencia test leaves Barcelona no time to bask in Paris joy
La Liga: Valencia test leaves Barcelona no time to bask in Paris joy

Barcelona have little time to rest on their laurels after a stunning victory over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek as the Catalans quest for a treble continues when Valencia visit the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Porto poised for Champions League semis after stunning Bayern Munich
Porto poised for Champions League semis after stunning Bayern Munich

Porto have one foot in the Champions League`s semi-finals after their shock 3-1 win at home over Bayern Munich in Wednesday`s Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

UEFA must act if Dani Carvajal bite evidence conclusive: Gabi
UEFA must act if Dani Carvajal bite evidence conclusive: Gabi

 Atletico Madrid captain Gabi has called on UEFA to act if there is evidence Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal bit Atletico forward Mario Mandzukic in Tuesday`s Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

Dani Carvajal denies bite after blood battle with Mario Mandzukic
Dani Carvajal denies bite after blood battle with Mario Mandzukic

 The Champions League battle of Madrid left Atletico striker Mario Mandzukic with a bloodied face and controversy over whether he was bitten by Real defender Dani Carvajal.

Marcelo's Champions League suspension bad news for Real Madrid
Marcelo's Champions League suspension bad news for Real Madrid

 Holders Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico emerged from Tuesday`s tempestuous 0-0 Champions League quarter-final draw knowing that Real left back Marcelo and Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez are out of next week`s return leg.

Li Na, Serena Williams in race for 2015 Laureus award
Li Na, Serena Williams in race for 2015 Laureus award

Retired Chinese tennis star Li Na is up against Serena Williams in a six-woman field for sportswoman of the year in the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Champions League, preview: Madrid giants gear up for fierce battle, Juve face Monaco
Champions League, preview: Madrid giants gear up for fierce battle, Juve face Monaco

Madrid giants Atletico and Real will renew hostilities at the Vicente Calderon in an epic Spanish quarter-final clash in the UEFA Champions League to be held on Tuesday. Also on the night Europe will witness Italian champions Juventus face a well knit Monaco side from France.

I tried to forget last year`s troubles, says Lionel Messi
I tried to forget last year`s troubles, says Lionel Messi

Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has admitted that he struggled to overcome injuries in Barcelona`s first trophyless campaign for six years last season.

Carlo Ancelotti targeting more Champions League glory
Carlo Ancelotti targeting more Champions League glory

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted his side`s focus is on retaining the Champions League not gaining revenge over Atletico Madrid when the two sides meet for a seventh time this season in the first leg of their quarter-final on Tuesday.

Atletico, Real face quarter-final with revenge in mind
Atletico, Real face quarter-final with revenge in mind

Last season`s Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet for the seventh time this season in Tuesday`s Champions League quarter-final, first leg with revenge in mind for both.

Diego Simeone's knowledge of Atletico's weaknesses key, says Fernando Torres
Diego Simeone's knowledge of Atletico's weaknesses key, says Fernando Torres

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres believes coach Diego Simeone`s clear understanding of the team`s weaknesses has been the key to their success as they seek revenge against Real Madrid on Tuesday for last season`s Champions League final defeat.

Mario Mandzukic fit for Real Madrid quarter-final
Mario Mandzukic fit for Real Madrid quarter-final

Atletico Madrid received a huge boost ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, first-leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday as Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has been passed fit.

Real Madrid fired up for Atletico revenge: Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid fired up for Atletico revenge: Carlo Ancelotti

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said his side will be out to avenge the humiliation of their 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in February when the sides meet in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.