Barcelona opened the defense of its Spanish soccer title under new coach Gerardo Martino by routing Levante 7-0, while Real Madrid rallied to give Carlo Ancelotti a winning start with a 2-1 victory against Real Betis.
Xavi Hernandez, one of soccer’s most accurate passers, will display his technique in Spain’s European Championship title defense starting this weekend. Foreign coaches are signing up to discover how he got so good.
Paris Saint-Germain snatched a 2-2 draw against visiting Barcelona with the final kick of their Champions League soccer quarterfinal opener. Bayern Munich beat Juventus 2-0 in a matchup of former winners.