By RYAN TOLMICH
A pair of penalties from Cristiano Ronaldo were enough to seal the deal against Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semifinals, as Real Madrid were able to eliminate their rivals 5-0 on aggregate.
Ronaldo’s goals were the only scores on the day, but they proved to be more than enough for the reigning La Liga champions. Real Madrid exacted a bit of revenge from last season’s Copa final, as Atletico topped their heavily favored rivals 2-1.
However, the afternoon was not all fun and games for Ronaldo. The Portuguese star was hit by a lighter thrown from the stands, which forced him to spend time on the sidelines for examination.
With the win, Real Madrid advances to face either bitter rivals and league leaders Barcelona or sixth place Real Sociedad in the Copa Del Rey finals in April.
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CHELSEA SETTLES FOR DRAW AFTER LATE ANICHEBE GOAL
Premier League leaders Chelsea dropped points to West Brom Tuesday afternoon, opening up the title race yet again.
Chelsea opened the scoring through Branislav Ivanovic late in the first half. However, West Brom found a Victor Anichebe equalizer in the 87th minute, giving the Baggies a share of the points.
With the draw, the Premier League title race is wide open. Both Arsenal and Manchester City will have the opportunity to take over the top spot tomorrow when they take on Manchester United and Sunderland, respectively. Liverpool could also move within four points of the top spot depending on results of those above them.
In other EPL news, West Ham fought back against relegation with a 2-0 win over similarly threatened Norwich, Southampton knocked off Hull through a Jose Fonte finish and Cardiff and Villa played to a 0-0 draw.
PELE TO APPEAR AT COSMOS OPENER
Brazilian legend Pele will be in attendance for the first game of the New York Cosmos 2014 season.
Pele, who is the club’s honorary president, will make an appearance at the Cosmo’s April 13 opener, which happens to be a title game rematch with the Atlanta Silverbacks.
The Brazilian star will also receive an honorary degree from Hofstra University for his contributions to the sport and charitable work.
The game will mark the end of a four day conference at Hofstra titled “Soccer as the Beautiful Game: Football’s Artistry, Identity & Politics”, which will feature over 100 journalists, coaches, players and scholars from around the world.
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