Football: Di Maria not giving up Real place without a fight
MADRID (REUTERS) - Real Madrid forward Angel di Maria will almost certainly lose his place in the starting lineup to world record signing Gareth Bale when the Wales winger is back from injury, but he is not going down without a fight.
The Argentina international with the lethal left foot scored twice in Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League rout of FC Copenhagen and set up Cristiano Ronaldo for the second of his double with an eye-catching piece of skill.
Known as "fideo" (noodle), the whippet-like di Maria has won over Real's demanding fans with his energy and commitment and was recently cited by coach Carlo Ancelotti as an example for the rest of the squad to follow.
Despite all that, Italian Ancelotti will have no choice but to relegate di Maria to the bench when Bale has recovered from a minor thigh strain.