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  • Sevilla face depleted Zenit in Europa League quarters

    Holders Sevilla host a Zenit Saint Petersburg side ripped apart by suspensions in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday. Defenders Domenico Criscito and Igor Smolnikov, skipper Miguel Danny and Brazilian star striker Hulk are all banned after collecting third bookings in the last…

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  • Barcelona coach dismisses talk of Neymar 'controversy'

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gave short shrift to questions about Neymar on the eve of his side's Champions League quarter-final with Paris Saint-Germain after the Brazilian reacted angrily to being substituted at the weekend. Neymar scored in Barcelona's game at Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday but…

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  • Atletico clash with Real in Champions League showdown

    Last season's Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid meet for the seventh time this season in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg with revenge in mind for both. Real took the spoils in Lisbon last May as Sergio Ramos's stoppage time header denied Atletico their…

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  • I tried to forget last year's troubles - Messi

    Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has admitted that he struggled to overcome injuries in Barcelona's first trophyless campaign for six years last season. As well as the disappointment at club level, Messi suffered the devastation of losing the World Cup final with Argentina and saw…

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  • Real fired up for Atletico revenge - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has said his side will be out to avenge the humiliation of their 4-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in February when the sides meet in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. Los Blancos beat Atletico 4-1 after extra time to win their 10th European Cup in last…

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  • Barcelona blow two-goal lead at Sevilla

    Sevilla came from 2-0 down to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a 2-2 draw against leaders Barcelona on Saturday. Stunning finishes from Lionel Messi and Neymar inside the first half looked to have Barca well on course for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions.

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  • Barcelona coach Enrique confident for Sevilla test as PSG loom

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is "optimistic" of starting off a crucial run of five high-pressure games with victory over Sevilla on Saturday. The Sevilla game is followed for the Spanish league leaders by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final first leg next Wednesday, then…

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  • Barcelona face stiff title test in Seville

    La Liga leaders Barcelona will have to break Sevilla's 31-game unbeaten run at the Sanchez Pizjuan to ensure they maintain a four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of the table on Saturday. Barca swept aside Almeria on Wednesday to take their winning streak in all competition to nine games,…

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  • Athletic Bilbao strike late to hold Valencia

    Valencia's push for a return to the Champions League next season suffered a setback as Aritz Aduriz's controversial stoppage time equaliser handed Athletic Bilbao a 1-1 draw on Thursday. The visitors looked on course for all three points when Argentine winger Rodrigo de Paul slotted home his first…

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  • Ronaldo hits 300 mark, Messi, Suarez propel Barca

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 300th Real Madrid goal as the European champions remained four points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona with a 2-0 win at Rayo Vallecano. Earlier, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were on target as Barca eased past Almeria 4-0. Barca took over half an hour to make the…

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  • Deportivo la Coruna sack coach Fernandez

    La Liga strugglers Deportivo la Coruna have sacked coach Victor Fernandez after they could only manage a 1-1 draw with bottom side Cordoba on Wednesday. "The board of Deportivo la Coruna have communicated to Victor Fernandez that as of this evening he is no longer the coach of the first team,"…

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  • Atletico too good for Moyes's Sociedad

    Atletico Madrid moved to within six points of La Liga leaders Barcelona thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over David Moyes's Real Sociedad on Tuesday. The champions never looked in danger from the moment Mikel Gonzalez headed into his own net after just two minutes. Antoine Griezmann then doubled…

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  • Xavi still has important role to play - Luis Enrique

    Barca boss Luis Enrique has insisted that veteran midfielder Xavi Hernandez will have a significant contribution to make towards Barca's push to win the treble in the final few months of the season. The 35-year-old has made just five starts in 21 games since the turn of the year and travelled to…

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  • Bale doubtful for Real Madrid trip to Rayo

    Gareth Bale could miss Real Madrid's La Liga clash away to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday due to a foot injury. "We have had problems with Bale, who has a knock on his left foot which we will evaluate," Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. The Welshman scored…

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  • Beto extends Sevilla stay

    Madrid (AFP) - Portuguese international goalkeeper Alberto Bastos Pimparel, better known as Beto, has penned a two-year extension to his contract with Sevilla, the La Liga club said Monday.

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  • Almeria call Sergi to the rescue

    La Liga strugglers Almeria on Monday named former Barcelona player Sergi as their new coach until the end of the season. The 43-year-old replaces Juan Ignacio Martinez who was sacked after just four months in charge following Almeria's 4-1 drubbing by relegation rivals Levante on Sunday. With…

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  • Rayo next in firing line for free-scoring Madrid

    Real Madrid continue their pursuit of Barcelona in the La Liga title race away to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday fresh from a 9-1 thrashing of Granada. Cristiano Ronaldo registered a five-goal haul for the first time in his distinguished career as Madrid bounced back from losing a…

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