Copa Del Rey

Barcelona's Alcacer finally scores to spark win over Bilbao

lcacer, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal all scored to lead Barcelona to a 3-0 win over visiting Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The win moved the defending champions to within one point of Spanish league leader Real Madrid, which have played two fewer matches.

Alcacer used one touch of his left boot to drive Neymar's pass under goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz's glove and put Barcelona ahead in the 18th minute at Camp Nou.

Barcelona sack director after Messi comments

Gratacos, the director of Institutional Relations and of training and education, and a key figure in the development of the heralded youth system, suggested on Friday that Messi would not be the same player without the likes of Andres Iniesta and Neymar.

"Barcelona are not here only because of Messi," he said at the draw for the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

"He's very important but it was the team who won [against Athletic Bilbao in the last 16]. Without Neymar, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique and the others, he wouldn't be such a good player."

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Real Madrid favourite to add Club World Cup title to honours

Madrid has a shot at becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Spanish league, Spain's Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup in the same season. It leads the Spanish league, is through to the knockout stage of the Champions League, and is alive in the Copa del Rey.

The tournament kicks off on Thursday in Yokohama with newly crowned J-League champion Kashima Antlers facing Oceania champion Auckland City for a chance to advance to the second round.

Suarez and Barcelona top end-of-season AP Global Football 10

Suarez took player of the season honors after scoring 60 goals in 55 appearances for Barcelona, which as a team won the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey.

Cristiano Ronaldo was second to Suarez after scoring 51 goals, while 2015 winner Lionel Messi was third.

Real Madrid, which won the Champions League on Saturday and finished second in the Spanish league, was second in the team poll. Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich was third.

Barcelona win La Liga title

The defending champions made light work of the home side courtesyt of a hat-trick from Luis Suarez, who claims the Pichichi prize for top scorer after finishing on 40 for the season.

Suarez struck twice in the first half against a Granada side who had little to play for, after they secured their survival with a 4-1 win over Sevilla last week.

Real Madrid lose appeal over cup disqualification

A federation committee dismissed Madrid's appeal on Thursday, and the club immediately said it would take the case to Spain's Administrative Court for Sport.

Real Madrid was eliminated in its opening round for fielding Denis Cheryshev in a first-leg 3-1 win over Cadiz on Dec. 2. Cheryshev was carrying a one-match suspension for yellow cards last season, when he played for Villarreal on loan from Madrid.

Madrid insists that Cheryshev was not properly informed of the suspension but the latest ruling disputed this and said all necessary legal proceedings were observed.

Real Madrid disqualified from cup over ineligible player

The statement said Madrid had fielded an "improper lineup" in a 3-1 first-leg win over Cadiz on Wednesday and that the two-match series was settled "in favor of Cadiz."

Madrid disputed the facts laid out in the federation's findings and in a statement released late Friday said it would present an "appropriate appeal."

Madrid coach Rafa Benitez included Denis Cheryshev in his starting lineup, despite the Russian carrying a one-match suspension in the competition for an accumulation of yellow cards last season, when he played for Villarreal on loan from Madrid.

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