Messi, unlike Barca, is in form, while CR7 and Real are rolling along. Nine months and one day after beating a Barcelona side that looked like it would be the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles, Real Madrid returns to Catalonia’s church of football on Saturday. The El Clasico on April 2 – a 2-1 Real victory – ended an historic run of 39 matches unbeaten for Barcelona and set into motion a series of events that denied Barca the possibility of a double-treble.
Altidore scored Toronto’s second goal to give TFC a 2-1 halftime lead. After 210 pulsating minutes and a dozen goals, the Eastern Conference final of the Major League Soccer playoffs finally produced a winner in the heated battle of Canadian clubs Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact. At long last, TFC prevailed 5-2 in extra time – 7-5 on aggregate – to reach its first-ever MLS Cup.
By Daniel Ramos and Fredy Builes LA PAZ/MEDELLIN, Colombia (Reuters) - Bolivian authorities on Thursday suspended the license of a tiny charter airline whose plane crashed in Colombia this week after apparently running out of fuel, killing 71 people and wiping out a Brazilian soccer team on its way to a regional cup final. Monday night's disaster sent shock waves across the global soccer community and plunged Brazil, Latin America's largest nation, into mourning. The small Chapecoense team was traveling on a charter flight operated by airline LAMIA Bolivia to the biggest game in its history, the final of the Copa Sudamericana.