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Real win 'Clasico' to reclaim La Liga lead from Barca

Monday, 2020-03-02 08:02:19
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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Barcelona - Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain - March 1, 2020 Real Madrid's Mariano Diaz scores their second goal. (Reuters)
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Real Madrid showed their character by beating Barcelona 2-0 in Sunday's top-of-the-table 'Clasico', leapfrogging their rivals at the La Liga summit after a week in which their pride had taken a beating at home and in Europe.

Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr scored the opener in the 71st minute with a strike that deflected off Gerard Pique, flummoxing goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had made some jaw-dropping saves, and substitute Mariano added the second in added time.

* Manchester City continued their imperious stranglehold over the League Cup with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley on Sunday (Mar 1) to win the trophy for a third straight season.

* Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele broke Mo Farah's course record as he won the London half-marathon on Sunday (Mar 1) in a time of one hour and 22 seconds. Bekele took 1min 18sec off the record set in 2019 by British distance great Farah, who missed this year's edition with an achilles injury.

* Rafael Nadal captured his third Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC title on Saturday, continuing his good vibes with a triumph in the final over Taylor Fritz with a 6-3 6-3 victory. Nadal survived 10 aces from Fritz and broke the service three times to outperform the 22-year-old American.

* Wily striker Raul Jimenez struck a superb 73rd-minute winner as Wolverhampton Wanderers twice came back from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 and leap-frog them into sixth place in the Premier League table on Sunday.

* Everton and Manchester United drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday (Mar 1) in an enthralling game which ended with late VAR drama and home manager Carlo Ancelotti sent off. A superb 31st-minute strike from United midfielder Bruno Fernandes had replied to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's early opener.

* Atletico Madrid's poor domestic form continued as they could only draw 1-1 away to La Liga's bottom side Espanyol on Sunday. Diego Simeone's side struggled against a determined Espanyol and fell behind through an own goal from Stefan Savic in the 24th minute. The visitors levelled in the 47th through a superb volley from Saul Niguez.

* A new World League will make its debut on the track cycling calendar in the 2021-22 season as the sport's governing body UCI hopes to attract larger TV audiences with a fast-paced, short format. The league, which will run from November 2021 to February 2022, will have six rounds, with each running for around two hours. The competition programme will feature four events for men and women riders - individual sprint, keirin, elimination race and scratch race.

* AS Roma's Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic scored a brace, his first goals for the club, as they recovered from a goal behind to win 4-3 at Cagliari in a pulsating Serie A game on Sunday.

* The opening race of the MotoGP season in Qatar on March 8 has been cancelled because of travel restrictions imposed on passengers from Italy due to the coronavirus epidemic, MotoGP said on Sunday.

* Lyon built on their midweek Champions League win over Juventus as Moussa Dembele's brace gave them a 2-0 win over bitter derby rivals Saint-Etienne on Sunday (Mar 1), lifting them up to fifth in France's top flight.

* Brazilian teenager Thiago Seyboth Wild became the youngest player to win on Latin America's 'Golden Swing' since Rafael Nadal in 2005 when he outlasted Norwegian second seed Casper Ruud 7-5 4-6 6-3 at the Chile Open on Sunday.

Reuters, CNA