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Cristiano Ronaldo keeps Real Madrid's title hopes alive with hat trick at Sevilla

Cristiano Ronaldo's goals led Real Madrid to victory at Sevilla and kept the pressure on Barcelona atop La Liga.

SEVILLA, Spain -- Three things from Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan as Real Madrid hang on for a 3-2 win at Sevilla in La Liga's crunch Saturday evening game.

1. Madrid stick to Barca in title race

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick was just about enough as Madrid won a thriller at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan, ending Sevilla's 34-game unbeaten run at home and keeping the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona at just two points.

Barcelona's 8-0 win in nearby Cordoba earlier on Saturday afternoon had added an...

 By Rob Train

Ronaldo's scoring and Casillas' saving lead Real over Sevilla

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer reviews Real Madrid's 3-2 win over Sevilla, as Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick ended Sevilla's remarkable unbeaten run at home.

It was never going to be an easy three points for Real Madrid in the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday night and the statistics bear out all pre-match predictions that Sevilla were going to fight tooth and nail to preserve the longest-standing unbeaten record across Europe's top leagues -- 34 matches at home without defeat.

Real had 56 percent of the ball to Sevilla's 44, there were 18 tackles from the home side to the visitors' 20, and 11 fouls to 12. Sevilla had 18 shots to Real's 14, with both...

 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus must be at best against Real Madrid, says Allegri

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti previews Juventus' Champions League semifinal first leg against Real Madrid, where he feels both Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri have similar managerial styles.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down Juventus' fourth consecutive Serie A title, crediting Massimiliano Allegri's tactical play with getting the best out of his players.

TURIN, Italy -- Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admits his side are going to be slight underdogs when they face Real Madrid and their "shrewd" coach Carlo Ancelotti in the semifinal of the Champions League on Tuesday night, although that does not mean they have no chance of reaching the final in Berlin.

Juve were perhaps the side Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real all wanted when the draw was made just a fortnight ago, but having got this far by eliminating Borussia Dortmund and Monaco, Allegri...

Statistical breakdown of Real Madrid-Juventus and Bayern-Barcelona

Take a By The Numbers look ahead of the Champions League semifinal first legs, as Real Madrid search for consecutive Champions League titles and Bayern Munich aim to continue their dominance at the Camp Nou.

The Champions League semifinals kick off on Tuesday. Here is a statistical look at both matches this week, complete with Soccer Power Index (SPI) projections:

Juventus vs. Real Madrid (Tuesday)

Real Madrid and Juventus are ranked third and fourth among the semifinalists according to SPI. As a result, each received its best possible draw for the remainder of the tournament. Real Madrid would have been an underdog against both Bayern Munich and Barcelona, but is instead a 62 percent favorite to...

 By Ben Gladwell

Real Madrid focused on all Juventus players, says Carlo Ancelotti

Take a By The Numbers look ahead of the Champions League semifinal first legs, as Real Madrid search for consecutive Champions League titles and Bayern Munich aim to continue their dominance at the Camp Nou.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno believes the pressure is back on Barcelona following Cristiano Ronaldo's thrilling hat trick against a Sevilla side who had not lost at home in 34 matches.
The ESPN FC crew respond to your tweets in regards to Real Madrid's Javier Hernandez and Karim Benzema, Newcastle United's struggles and more.

TURIN, Italy -- Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said the time has come to separate the men from the boys when his side face Juventus in the semifinals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

As defending champions, the Merengues go into their last-four encounter regarded as favourites against a Juventus side few would have expected to get this far, but Ancelotti said that his team must rise to the occasion, or else they could see their dreams of becoming the first side to defend their title shattered...