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Madrid: Barcelona maintained their 13-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the Spanish Primera Division football league.

Both Barcelona and Real Madrid won their matches Sunday comfortably to stay as the top two teams, reports Xinhua.

Barcelona have 81 points, having won 21 of their 31 matches, while Real won only 21 of their 31. Third-placed Atletico Madrid are pushing their city rivals hard as the difference between the two remain three points.

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Istanbul: Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season on Tuesday despite losing 3-2 at Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team.

Madrid needed a double from Cristiano Ronaldo to advance 5-3 on aggregate, but only after conceding three goals in a 16-minute span to raise Galatasaray's hopes of pulling off what would have been a remarkable comeback.

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Madrid: Lionel Messi notched up another goal-scoring record on Saturday but Barcelona's cruise towards a 22nd title was halted when Borja Oubina hit a late equaliser which handed Celta Vigo a deserved 2-2 draw.

The visitors were without a number of first-team regulars and were punished for a slow start when Natxo Insa prodded home from close range to put Celta in front seven minutes before half-time.

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Geneva: Daniele De Rossi sparked Italy's fightback and Mario Balotelli scored a superb second-half equaliser as the Azzurri battled to a 2-2 draw against Brazil in a friendly on Thursday.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side, hosts of the 2014 World Cup, came into this match looking for a win following a 2-1 loss to England last month.

Any doubts Scolari may have had about Brazil on their travels evaporated by the interval after Fred and then Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar scored one apiece to give Brazil a 2-0 lead.

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Rio de Janeiro: Kaka has vowed to do "everything he can" to regain his place as a regular starter in Brazil's national football team ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup.

The 2007 FIFA world player of the year was absent from Brazil's 1-2 loss to England at Wembley Stadium Feb 6 but has been recalled for friendlies against Italy Thursday and Russia four days later, reports Xinhua.

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Nyon (Switzerland): Champions League holders Chelsea were drawn against Russian side Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the Europa League Friday.

The Russian side reached the stage for their first time Thursday with a 2-0 extra-time win over Levante in Moscow. Kurban Berdyev's side have never faced Chelsea, who are owned by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich.

"Chelsea? Cool! The draw's pitted us against one of the best teams, so it will be great to play them," Rubin captain Roman Sharonov said.

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Barcelona: Lionel Messi's Barcelona gave an emphatic response to the doubters when they made Champions League history by overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit to oust seven-times European Cup winners AC Milan on Tuesday.

Messi's superb double set Barca on their way in the first half at a raucous but desperately tense Nou Camp and David Villa and Jordi Alba struck after the break to send the La Liga side through to the quarter-finals 4-2 on aggregate.

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Madrid: The moment of truth arrives for FC Barcelona as they entertain AC Milan in the Camp Nou Stadium Tuesday night knowing they need to score three goals if they are to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Barca's 0-2 defeat in Milan three weeks ago was without doubt the shock of the first leg matches as a dreadful display from Barca, who were sluggish in attack and flat footed in defence, allowed the Italians to catch them on the break and put them against the ropes, reports Xinhua.

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Madrid: FC Barcelona enjoyed an easy 2-0 win at home to Deportivo la Coruna to prepare for their Champions League clash at home to AC Milan Tuesday.

However, if anyone was looking for signs that Barca have recovered from a recent slump in form will be disappointed by a dull game where Barca dominated the first half against a side content to not receive a heavy defeat, reports Xinhua.

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Madrid: Will the real FC Barcelona stand up and be counted and even if they do, will it make much difference?

Harsh questions for sure, but after the past three weeks of uncertainty surrounding the performances of the leaders of the BBVA Primera Liga football, perhaps fair ones, reports Xinhua.

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