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  • Valencia down Sevilla to move into fourth

    Valencia leapfrogged Sevilla into fourth in La Liga with a 3-1 win over the Andalusians in a match filled with controversy and three penalties on Sunday. The hosts sped into a 2-0 lead as Dani Parejo opened the scoring from the penalty spot before adding the finishing touch to a fine…

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  • Villarreal agree Paulista deal with Arsenal

    La Liga side Villarreal announced on Saturday that they have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista. As part of the deal, Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell will join Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season. Paulista wasn't included for…

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  • Ronaldo apologises for moment of madness

    Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised to Cordoba defender Edimar for the kick that saw the Portuguese sent-off for the ninth time in his career in Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday. "I apologise to everyone and especially to Edimar for my rash act in the game today,"…

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  • Espanyol on verge of Cup semis after Sevilla win

    Espanyol have one foot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey after a surprise 3-1 win over Europa League holders Sevilla on Thursday. Sevilla came into the game on an unbeaten 10-game run that had seen them rise to fourth in La Liga, but coach Unai Emery paid for making a number of changes as…

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  • Tycoon's Atletico Madrid deal shows Chinese football passion

    Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has become the latest foreign investor to be enticed by the riches and glamour of European football after agreeing to buy a 20 percent stake in Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. Despite great success on the field, which included a run to the Champions League final…

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  • Rock-bottom Grenada bring back escape specialist

    Madrid (AFP) - Struggling Grenada have reappointed Abel Resino, who steered them to La Liga survival in 2012, in a deal that runs to the end of the season, the club said Monday.

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  • Messi hat-trick keeps Barca in sight of Madrid

    Lionel Messi struck a stunning hat-trick to ensure Barcelona maintained the pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 4-0 win away to Deportivo la Coruna to cut the gap at the top to one point. Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a week where he was named World Player of the Year for the…

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  • Ancelotti says Madrid on course for title triumph

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his players' reaction from their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid in midweek to move four points clear at the top of Liga with a 3-0 win over Getafe on Sunday. Victory ensured the European champions will top the table at the halfway…

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  • Cup exit can boost Real league campaign - Ancelotti

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to turn the disappointment of their Copa del Rey elimination at the hands of Atletico Madrid in midweek into an advantage in the La Liga title race. Whilst Atletico will now face Barcelona in a two-legged quarter-final over the next two weeks, Real will…

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  • Barca hope calm continues in pursuit of Madrid

    After staving off a full blown institutional crisis with victory over La Liga champions Atletico Madrid last weekend, Barcelona will be hoping their best performance of the season proves to be a turning point in their campaign. The star forward trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all…

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  • Torres proving doubters wrong, says Atletico boss Simeone

    Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone claimed Fernando Torres' double to take the La Liga champions into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey at Real Madrid's expense had proved the former Chelsea striker's critics wrong. Torres scored in the first minute of each half to ruin Cristiano Ronaldo's…

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  • Torres double dumps Real Madrid out of Cup

    Fernando Torres scored his first Atletico Madrid goals in eight years as the La Liga champions dumped holders Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday. Already leading 2-0 from last week's first-leg, Torres stunned the hosts inside…

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  • Enrique says Messi part of Barca future planning

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is insisting a future without star player Lionel Messi has never been considered as speculation over the Argentine's future continues to mount. Tensions have been simmering at Barcelona with the coach insisting Messi play a wider role in the line-up. Messi had…

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  • King Cristiano hits his devastating peak

    Cristiano Ronaldo shut out Lionel Messi for the second straight year in the battle for the Ballon d'Or and he is showing no sign of giving up his grip as king of world football. The 29-year-old Portuguese forward has been at the height of his powers again this year, terrorising opposing defences…

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  • I'm not going anywhere, fires indignant Messi

    Four-times World Player of the Year Lionel Messi shot back angrily Sunday at rumours that he could leave Barcelona after clashing with coach Luis Enrique and the club's board. The Argentine was in top form with a goal and two assists as the Catalan giants ended and unsettling week off the field…

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  • Valencia boss Nuno extends deal to 2018

    Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo has signed a new contract to keep him tied to the club until 2018. "Valencia CF has reached an agreement with the coach of the first team, Nuno Espirito Santo, to extend his contractual ties with the club until June 30, 2018," said a statement on the club's…

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  • Barca star trio down Atletico to ease crisis talk

    Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on target as Barcelona eased talk of a club crisis with a 3-1 win over La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday. Messi shrugged off speculation surrounding his future at the Camp Nou to cross for Neymar to scramble home the opener and then tee up…

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