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Madrid: Real Madrid won the Spanish soccer league title for the 32nd time, their first time in four years. It was also coach Jose Mourinho's first here and seventh in four different countries.

Real sewed up the title with two matches to spare as Gonzalo Higuan, Mesut Ozil and Ronaldo scored in their 3-0 victory over the Europa League finalists Athletic Bilbao to take the trophy back to their home Santiago Barnebeu.

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Madrid: Real Madrid will be the champions of the BBVA Primera Liga football Wednesday night if they are able to win away to Athletic Club Bilbao.

A win would give Real Madrid an unassailable seven point lead over FC Barcelona with just two matches left in the season. Should Barcelona fail to win their home game against Malaga, a draw would be enough to give Madrid the title, Xinhua reported.

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Madrid: Real Madrid could be crowned the Spanish Primera Liga champions if results go their way after the 35th round of matches in Spain this weekend.

Last weekend's 2-1 away win against FC Barcelona gave Madrid a seven point lead over the Catalans, which means a win at home against Sevilla Sunday and a away defeat for Barcelona to Rayo Vallecano will crown Jose Mourinho's men this seasons champions mathematically.

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Barcelona: Chelsea staged a remarkable comeback with 10 men to knock out defending champions Barcelona and qualify for the final of Champions League football with a 3-2 aggregate score after a 2-2 draw in the second leg of the semi-final at the Nou Camp here.

Fernando Torres scored an injury time goal for Chelsea to make it 2-2 in the second leg Tuesday and take Chelsea through, but the English side owed their qualification to a heroic defensive display with a player less after their captain John Terry was sent off just before halftime.

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Rio De Janeiro: Flamengo Football Club president Patricia Amorim says the club is still undecided about whether to re-sign troubled striker Adriano.

Amorim also said there was no chance former FIFA world player of the year Ronaldinho would leave the Rio de Janeiro club.

Under the guidance of Flamengo medical staff, Adriano is due to begin physiotherapy next week after surgery to repair left Achilles tendon damage, reported Xinhua.

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London: A resilient Chelsea overcame defending champions Barcelona 1-0 in the semi-final first leg of the UEFA Champions League football at the Stamford Bridge here.

The London club were battered for most part of the game Wednesday with Barcelona having 79 percent possession in the game. But the Chelsea defenders put in a remarkable defensive performance to take away a crucial one goal lead to the second leg to be played in Nou Camp, April 24.

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Madrid: Barcelona piled the pressure on leaders Real Madrid with a comfortable 4-0 win at home against Getafe in the La Liga football.

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Madrid: Real Madrid's lead at the top of the Spanish Premier League was reduced to just four points following a 0-0 draw with third placed Valencia.

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Moscow: FIFA has granted Russia a budget of $699 million to host the 2018 World Cup, a similar amount to that received by South Africa for the 2010 tournament.

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Madrid: Real Madrid qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-2 win over Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia while Chelsea edged past Portuguese club Benfica and will face defending champions Barcelona in the last four.

The win Wednesday gave Madrid an overall 8-2 aggregate triumph following their 3-0 win in Cyrpus last week and means they will now face Bayern Munich for a place in the final.

Bayern will be the first side from any of Europe’s top four leagues that Madrid have faced in Europe this season, Xinhua reported.

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