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