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  • Bayern vow to attack Atletico's miserly defence

    Javi Martinez has promised Bayern Munich will attack Atletico Madrid's one goal advantage from the first whistle in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final, second-leg, as two of Europe's most miserly defences go head-to-head. Bayern have leaked just 15 goals in 32 league games in Germany's top…

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  • Bale seeks to seal Real resurgence on biggest stage

    A year ago as Gareth Bale sneaked out the side exit to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium he was engulfed by cat calls and insults by his own fans. Twelve months on, Bale is the man fit and in form as Real looked to seal their place in a 14th European Cup final on Wednesday when Manchester…

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  • Levante relegated by Malaga defeat

    Levante's six-year stay in the Spanish top flight came to an end as a 3-1 defeat to Malaga on Monday saw them relegated from La Liga. Levante could still have a huge part to play in who wins the title and who joins them in being relegated as they host Atletico Madrid on Sunday before travelling to…

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  • Villarreal seal Champions League return

    Villarreal warmed-up for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final against Liverpool by sealing fourth place in La Liga with a 2-0 win at Valencia on Sunday. The Yellow Submarine are now guaranteed at least a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time in four years, but…

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  • Barcelona beat Betis to remain top, Atletico, Real keep up pressure

    Barcelona remain on top of La Liga with two games remaining as goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez earned a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis on Saturday. On a day of high tension when all three title contenders were at one point top of the table, Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score the…

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  • Fatigue won't affect tireless Atletico, says Griezmann

    Atletico Madrid's top scorer Antoine Griezmann insisted tiredness won't derail their attempt to reach a second Champions League final in three years at Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Griezmann was forced off the bench to score the winner as Atletico also maintained their La Liga title hopes with a 1-0…

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  • Zidane hopes to have Ronaldo and Benzema fit for City

    Real Madrid will be without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for Saturday's trip to Real Sociedad in La Liga but coach Zinedine Zidane hopes to have both back to face Manchester City next week. Ronaldo has missed Madrid's past two games, including the 0-0 draw away to City in the first leg of…

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  • Barca await Real, Atletico Champions League hangover

    Barcelona hold the slightest of advantages in a thrilling three-way La Liga title race with just three games remaining ahead of their trip to Real Betis on Saturday. The Catalans lead Atletico Madrid solely thanks to their better head-to-head record with Real Madrid just a point behind the leaders…

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  • Mexico's Club America retain CONCACAF Champions League crown

    Mexican giants Club America clinched back-to-back CONCACAF Champions League crowns on Wednesday after coming from behind to beat fellow Liga MX side Tigres 2-1, sealing a 4-1 aggregate victory. America had been heavy favorites to retain their continental crown and seal their place in this year's…

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  • Simeone handed three-game ban for extra ball prank

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned from the touchline for the final three La Liga games of the season after a second ball was thrown onto the pitch disrupting a Malaga attack in Atletico's 1-0 win on Saturday. The suspension was confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation on…

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  • Leicester an inspiration for giant-killing Atletico

    Leicester City's remarkable run to the verge of the Premier League title has inspired Atletico Madrid in their aim to land a historic Champions League and La Liga double, claims defender Filipe Luis. Atletico face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday…

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  • On-fire Bale relishing return to England

    In the midst of his best form since joining Real Madrid, Gareth Bale is desperate to end Manchester City's Champions League dream in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday. Without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale led Madrid back from a 2-0 deficit with a double in a hard-fought 3-2 win…

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  • Four-goal Suarez keeps Barcelona on top, Bale rescues Real

    Luis Suarez struck four goals for the second time in four days as Barcelona moved back to the top of La Liga with the help of three penalties in a 6-0 win over Sporting Gijon on Saturday. Only Barca's superior head-to-head record continues to separate them from Atletico Madrid with three games…

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  • Tests confirm Ronaldo thigh strain

    Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo suffered only a thigh strain after limping off in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Villarreal in midweek, the club confirmed on Friday. "Following tests carried out today on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has…

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  • Three-way title race firmly in Barca's hands - Suarez

    Having scored four and provided three assists as Barcelona roared back into form with an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna in midweek, Luis Suarez has refused to contemplate any other outcome than Barca retaining their La Liga title. The Catalan giants lead Atletico Madrid solely thanks to…

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  • Granada out of drop zone, Getafe given hope in La Liga

    A hat-trick from Youssef El Arabi moved Granada out of the relegation zone at the bottom of La Liga with a 5-1 win over fellow strugglers Levante on Thursday. El Arabi converted twice from the penalty spot and slammed home Granada's fifth in stoppage time to add to first-half goals from Isaac…

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  • Injured Ronaldo needs more rest: Real Madrid boss Zidane

    Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted he should have rested star Cristiano Ronaldo more in recent weeks after he limped off in Real's 3-0 win over Villarreal. Ronaldo was seen holding his right hamstring before leaving the field in the closing minutes, putting at risk his presence in Madrid's…

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  • Barcelona star Suarez hits four in 8-0 rout, Ronaldo injured

    Barcelona bounced back from their worst run of La Liga defeats for 13 years in emphatic fashion as Luis Suarez scored four in an 8-0 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna. Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Marc Bartra and Neymar were also on target as Barca reasserted their control on the Spanish title race.…

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