Asensio hits brace as Real Madrid edge Betis in thriller


Marco Asensio scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Betis to secure a third successive victory. Zinedine Zidane’s side took the lead when Asensio nodded in, but Betis equalised through Aissa Mandi. Nacho’s own goal put Betis ahead at the break but Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to put the defending champions in control. Sergio Leon’s late goal ...

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Barcelona set club record as Pique rescues point in derby


Gerard Pique scored a late equaliser as Barcelona drew at Espanyol to set a club record of 22 games unbeaten at the start of the La Liga season. Philippe Coutinho hit the bar in the first half before Gerard Moreno’s header gave city rivals Espanyol the lead midway through the second. With only eight minutes left, defender Pique headed home ...

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Zidane ‘disgusted’ after Real Madrid concede late equaliser at Levante


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane said he was “disgusted” with his side after they conceded an 89th-minute equaliser against Levante. Isco slotted home after 81 minutes, but Giampaolo Pazzini earned Levante a point after he was played in behind the Real defence. Emmanuel Boateng earlier cancelled out Sergio Ramos’ opener for Real. The defending champions are fourth in La Liga, ...

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Messi scores late free-kick as Barcelona overcome Alaves


Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona league debut ended in victory as his new side came from behind to beat lowly Alaves at the Nou Camp. Former Manchester City forward John Guidetti beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen after racing clear to give the visitors a surprise lead. Lionel Messi had a free-kick touched on to the post by Alaves keeper Fernando Pacheco before Luis ...

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La Liga round-up: Atletico ease past Las Palmas but Sevilla are held


Atletico Madrid eased past Las Palmas to strengthen their grip on second place in La Liga. The 3-0 win moves Atleti six points clear of Valencia as Diego Simeone’s men remain the closest challengers to runaway leaders Barcelona. Antoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres eventually broke down the visitors after the pair had both to come close to opening the scoring ...

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Valencia 1-4 Real Madrid: Ronaldo nets brace to ease pressure on Zidane


Cristiano Ronaldo scored two first-half penalties as Real Madrid beat Valencia 4-1 at the Mestalla to relieve the pressure on Zinedine Zidane. Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards, on 16 and 38 minutes, after Martin Montoya had been penalised for fouling the Portuguese forward and then Karim Benzema. Santi Mina brought Valencia back into it after the break before ...

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Iago Aspas accused of racial abuse


Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma has accused Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas of using a racist slur to insult him during a La Liga match on Sunday. Lerma tells GOL television that “these acts of racism can’t happen.” Aspas, who is a Spain international, denies racially abusing Lerma. Aspas tells Celta’s website that “what is said on the pitch, stays on ...

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Philippe Coutinho completes Barcelona medical ahead of move from Liverpool


Philippe Coutinho has completed a medical ahead his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona for a club-record fee, the Spanish club announced on Monday. Brazil international Coutinho underwent his medical on Monday morning despite a thigh problem that ruled him out of Liverpool’s last two games, following the two clubs agreeing a deal on Saturday. The club said in a statement: “Coutinho ...

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Bale scores twice for Real Madrid in Celta Vigo draw

These were Gareth Bale's first goals in La Liga since he scored in Real Madrid's 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on 17 September (Image credit: AFP)

Wales forward Gareth Bale scored twice in his first La Liga start since 20 September as Real Madrid were held to a draw at Celta Vigo. Celta went ahead when ex-Liverpool striker Iago Aspas set up Daniel Wass, who lobbed goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Bale, who has had a calf injury this season, netted twice in three minutes after passes from ...

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Philippe Coutinho says £142m Barcelona move is a ‘dream come true’

Coutinho took part in a brief photo session on Sunday at the Nou Camp (Image credit: Getty Images)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho says his move to Barcelona is a “dream come true” before his official presentation at the Nou Camp on Monday. The 25-year-old is set to join the Spanish giants after a £142m deal was agreed with Liverpool on Saturday. He took part in a brief photo session at the Nou Camp after Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday. Coutinho ...

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