Marcelo seals vic­tory as Real Madrid chase ti­tle Barry feels the heat again as he falls in semis

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

REAL Madrid kept the pres­sure on Barcelona at the top of LaLiga after a late goal from Marcelo se­cured a 2-1 win over Va­len­cia at the Bern­abeu.

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo headed Real into the lead on 27 min­utes — mak­ing him the all-time lead­ing scorer in Europe’s top five leagues — but then saw his sec­ond-half penalty saved.

It looked to have proved a costly miss when Va­len­cia mid­fielder Dani Parejo drilled in a su­perb free-kick to equalise with just eight min­utes left.

How­ever, Real had the fi­nal say when Brazil­ian de­fender Marcelo cut inside to curl the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner and claim what could yet prove to be a cru­cial three points in the ti­tle race with Barcelona. IRE­LAND’S Sam Barry had to be con­tent with a semi-fi­nal spot for the sec­ond week on the trot on the Egyp­tian ITF Men’s Fu­tures cir­cuit.

In the wake of his loss to the host coun­try’s Is­sam-Haitham Taweel, last Satur­day, top seed Barry yes­ter­day came up short against Tu­nisia’s No 8 seed, Moez Echar­gui, on a 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 mar­gin in the out­door hard­court event in Sharm El Sheikh,

Play­ing in tem­per­a­tures of 32 de­grees, the 25-year-old Lim­er­ick man was bro­ken twice in the sec­ond set while only man­ag­ing one break him­self, as Echar­gui, who had sur­prised the No 4 seed in the quar­ter-fi­nals, went on to seal a fi­nal clash against the No 3 seed, Canada’s Felip Peliwo

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