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VALENCIA---Two goals in each half
gave Valencia a 4-0 win over rele-
gation-threatened Granada in the
Spanish league yesterday.
Granada had managed to slow the
host s pace in the first half until Javier
Fuego rose to head in from a corner
in the 26th minute.
Antonio Barragan earned a penalty
for Valencia when he kicked the ball
between Diego Mainz legs and was
then obstructed by the Granada
defender in the 38th. Daniel Parejo
converted the penalty.
Valencia kept attacking and Algeria
midfielder Sofiane Feghouli fired in a
hard shot in the 85th after an assist
from Alvaro Negredo.
Negredo headed the fourth inside
the far post in the 88th.
"We re happy because our results
at home are working out frankly quite
well," said Valencia captain Daniel
Parejo. "It was a tough match because
there was a lot at stake for Granada.
But we focused on our objectives and
if we maintain this, we ll end up in
the Champions League next season."
Granada is second to last, six points
from safety, while Valencia is in fourth
place, two points ahead of Sevilla.
Valencia increased the pressure on
goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez after
the first goal, forcing him to make a
series of saves, although Granada could
have equalised from a corner in the
Granada defender Emanuel Insua
was taken off on a stretcher in the
54th after twisting his right ankle badly
while making a left-footed clearance.
He was substituted by Luis Martins.
Daniel Sturridge could miss the
final month of the season because
of his ongoing injury problems,
depriving the Premier League
club of its most potent scorer as
it chases Champions League
The England international has
been out since April 8 with hip
and thigh injuries, after already
missing the first half of the sea-
son with thigh and calf prob-
Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers says "it s been one of
those seasons for him, he s been
Asked for a timeline on Stur-
ridge s return, Rodgers says "we ll
see if he s going to be back this
season or pre-season."
Liverpool is seven points
behind fourth-place Manchester
United, with a game in hand. The
Reds have five games remaining,
the next coming at Hull today.
Sturridge could miss rest of season
Valencia beats lowly
LONDON---Chelsea midfielder Oscar
is out of the hospital following a heavy
collision with an opponent during a
Premier League game that left the
Brazil international with a swollen
Oscar was injured about 15 minutes
into the 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Sunday
when goalkeeper David Ospina collided
with him. The midfielder continued
playing after treatment, but was sub-
stituted at halftime and taken to the
hospital to have some scans.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said
Monday that Oscar "went immediately
to his house yesterday night" from the
hospital and slept at home. Oscar is
expected at the club s training ground
Asked if Oscar had sustained a con-
cussion during the collision, Mourinho
said: "I m not sure of that. We saw his
face was swelling at halftime, we don t
want to go for any risks. We made that
Mourinho said Oscar will be travelling
with the rest of the Chelsea squad for
Wednesday s match at Leicester, but
didn t confirm whether he was available
Oscar out of hospital after head knock
MADRID---With the Spanish
league season nearing its end, Real
Madrid can only wait for Barcelona
Barcelona leads the league by two
points, and is also in the Copa del
Rey final. Both Madrid and
Barcelona are in the Champions
"Our strategy is clear," Real
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said
after Madrid s 4-2 win at Celta Vigo
on Sunday. "If we win all our
matches, we force them to have to
win all of theirs."
However, Madrid has tough
matches at Sevilla and Valencia to
come, while Barcelona s toughest
challenge will be at Atletico Madrid.
Here are some things to know
about this week s matches:
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
replaced injured Madrid striker
Karim Benzema and has rapidly
won over fans by scoring the lone
goal that knocked Atletico out of
the Champions League. He then
scored twice against Celta.
Ancelotti said Hernandez has
"suffered" by not being selected
often, and praised his persistence.
"If Chicharito continues to play
like this, he ll be non-negotiable,
like Cristiano (Ronaldo)," Ancelotti
said. "But only 11 can play and the
rest have to remain on the bench."
Hernandez said he had "gone
through a bad time" while on the
bench, but was determined to make
the most of his chance in the squad.
"I m focused on playing the max-
imum amount of minutes for the
best team in the world," the Mexico
If Benzema is fit for tomorrow s
match against 17th-place Almeria---
a team fighting to remain above the
relegation zone---Ancelotti must
chose which striker to deploy.
Diego Simeone will celebrate his
200th match as coach of Atletico
in Wednesday s match at Villarreal.
Simeone, who has so far steered
Atletico to 126 wins and five titles,
has been getting help from the in-
form attacking partnership of
Antoine Griezmann and Mario
"I am enjoying myself right now,"
Griezmann said after scoring two
goals during Atletico s 3-0 win over
Elche on Saturday.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique s
main concern ahead of today s home
match against 13th-place Getafe is
the absence of suspended defender
"It (Getafe) is a dangerous side
that defends with intensity and has
great quality in attack," Enrique
said. "I couldn t say how many
points we re going to need to
become champions, but the three
available against Getafe are impor-
tant. Madrid is very close behind
us."Barcelona drew 0-0 in its last
league outing against Getafe.
The squad is bolstered by the
return of midfielder Rafinha from
injury, and Enrique will likely retain
his three-pronged attack of Neymar,
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
BALE IS BACK
Star forward Gareth Bale, who
had been sidelined since he tore a
calf muscle in his left leg during
Madrid s 3-1 win over Malaga on
April 18, says he is recovering well.
"Feeling stronger every day," said
the Wales forward. "Can t wait to
get back and join the lads."
If Bale is declared fit, Ancelotti
is likely to use him on the right
flank, with Ronaldo patrolling the
left and either Benzema or Her-
nandez in front as the lone striker.
Real presses for Barca
slip-up in Spanish league
Real Madrid's Chicharito celebrates at the end of the second leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match
between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on April 22.
Chicharito scored the match's only goal. AP PHOTO
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