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  • Barcelona's Neymar sits after Real Madrid won the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)

    Atletico faces Elche in 1st of 5 'finals'

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has called their remaining Spanish league games five "finals," the first of them against Elche on Friday before receiving Chelsea in the Champions League.

  • Quotes from voters in this week's AP football poll

    Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

  • Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain beats Lazio goalkeeper Etrit Berischa to score a goal during a Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Lazio, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Sunday, April, 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)

    Reus, Liverpool top AP football poll

    Liverpool took team of the week honors for the fourth time this season in The Associated Press weekly football poll following its 3-2 victory over English Premier League title rival Manchester City.

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Granada and FC Barcelona at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

    Barcelona faces Ronaldo-less Madrid in Copa final

    Out of the Champions League and stumbling in Spain, Barcelona faces Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final in likely its best chance to win some silverware this season.

  • Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina gestures during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Granada and FC Barcelona at Los Carmenes stadium in Granada, Spain, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

    Barcelona loses again; Arsenal into FA Cup final

    Barcelona is not used to such demoralizing weeks. After being eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, the Catalan giant made a miserable return to Spanish league action, losing 1-0 at Granada on Saturday and dropping to third place.

  • Bayern's scorer Thomas Mueller, center, and his teammates celebrate their side's 2nd goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Bayern, Atletico Madrid reach Champions League SFs

    Bayern Munich woke up against Manchester United only after falling behind.

  • R.Madrid, Destro top of this week's AP global 10

    Real Madrid has taken team of the week honors in The Associated Press global football poll for the second time this season after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League and Real Sociedad 4-0 in La Liga.

  • Dortmund's Marco Reus, right, scores a goal against Wolfsburg goalkeeper Max Gruen during  the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg in Dortmund,  Germany, Saturday, April 5, 2014, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Real holds comfortable 3-0 lead in Dortmund

    Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund met four times last season in the Champions League and Dortmund won both home games, including a 4-1 win that led to Madrid's elimination in the semifinals.

  • Chelsea's David Luiz, right, challenges PSG's Maxwell during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between PSG and Chelsea, at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Chelsea's experience key against PSG

    Having won the Champions League two seasons ago, experience is on Chelsea's side as the Blues need to overturn a two-goal deficit at Stamford Bridge against European football's newest "nouveaux riches" to reach the semifinals of the tournament.

  • Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj, left, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    Chelsea, Man United face uphill task in CL

    Once again, English clubs look set for a premature exit in the Champions League. On Wednesday, Manchester United must beat Bayern Munich or earn a high-scoring draw following their 1-1 result at Old Trafford, and Chelsea must overcome a 3-1 deficit from the first leg to reach the semifinals at the expense of Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

  • Augsburg's Sascha Moelders celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between FC Augsburg and FC Bayern, in Augsburg, southern Germany, Saturday, April 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Augsburg ends Bayern's unbeaten Bundesliga run

    Injury-hit Augsburg ended Bayern Munich's record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 victory Saturday and Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1.

  • Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz, Jonas Hofmann and Julian Schieber, from left, ponder after the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu   stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Relegation battles take center stage in Bundesliga

    The relegation battle takes center stage in the Bundesliga as the season enters its final phase. Eintracht Braunschweig, Hamburger SV, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Freiburg and Hannover are all in danger of the drop, with just seven points between the sides with six games still to play. Bayern Munich, which has already wrapped up the title in record time, aims to maintain its unbeaten run and will use Saturday's Bavarian derby against Augsburg to prepare for Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal return leg against Manchester United. Here are five things to know about the Bundesliga's 29th round of games:

  • Quotes from voters in AP Global Football 10

    Mark Rodden, Eurosport, France

  • Crystal Palace's Kagisho Dikgacol, right, competes with Chelsea's Eden Hazard during their English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Chelsea has better defense, more knowhow than PSG

    Paris Saint-Germain is on the verge of its first Champions League semifinal in 19 years. In that context, Chelsea must feel like it was in the semis yesterday.

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi gestures after scoring a penalty during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Espanyol at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Saturday, March 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Powerful quarterfinal lineup in Champions League

    Six past winners, three domestic league leaders and many of the world's best players take their places this week in one of the strongest quarterfinal lineups in the 22-year history of the Champions League.

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