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Messi goes past 50 goals this season as Barcelona beat Villareal

Lionel Messi is the first player from the top five European leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France) to reach 50 goals this season in all competitions (Image credit: Getty Images)

Lionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season as Barcelona beat Villarreal to temporarily move three points clear at the top of La Liga. Real Madrid later restored parity with a 4-0 win over Tony Adams’ Granada. Barca went ahead when Neymar finished off a fine team move by scoring from close range after Messi’s pass. Villarreal ...

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Real Madrid level with Barcelona after beating Granada

Real Madrid moved level on points with Barcelona at the top of La Liga after thrashing Tony Adams’ Granada side. Real made nine changes and were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but took the lead within three minutes and were 4-0 up after only 35 minutes. James Rodriguez scored from Lucas Vazquez’s pull-back, before Rodriguez headed in a second ...

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Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona: Messi brace stuns Madrid in El Clasico

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Lionel Messi scored his 500th Barcelona goal to send the Catalans top of La Liga with a last-minute winner against 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. It puts Barcelona level on points with Real Madrid, but with a better goal difference and head-to-head record. Casemiro had put the hosts ahead before Messi and Ivan Rakitic goals put Barcelona in front ...

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Why We Love the El Clasico

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Across the hundreds of countries that will broadcast it live, Real Madrid against Barcelona is usually known as El Clasico. Fair enough, too, as it’s a genuine all-time classic of football rivalry. But in parts of Spain, particularly where traditionalists meet and shout at each other in smoky cafes over canas of cerveza, jabbing their stogies forward with each repeated ...

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Barcelona’s Neymar misses Clasico after being hit with three-game ban

Neymar picked up two yellow cards as Barcelona slumped at Malaga.

Barcelona will be without Neymar for this month’s Clasico against Real Madrid after he was banned for three matches by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). Neymar was sent off for picking up two yellow cards as Barca were beaten at Malaga on Saturday, becoming their first player to be dismissed in La Liga since October 2015. The dismissal was ...

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Late Griezmann goal helps Atletico hold Real Madrid in derby

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Antoine Griezmann scored a late equaliser in the Madrid derby as Atletico held La Liga leaders Real. Real took a deserved lead when Pepe, who later went off injured with broken ribs, headed home Toni Kroos’ free-kick. The European champions continued to dominate but without really testing keeper Jan Oblak on too many occasions. And Griezmann levelled for third-placed Atletico ...

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Messi-less Barcelona beat Granada 4-1 to put pressure on Real Madrid

Neymar scored his ninth La Liga goal of the season (Image credit: Reuters)

Barcelona overcame the absence of top scorer Lionel Messi to cut Real Madrid’s La Liga lead to two points with a comfortable win at Granada. Luis Suarez’s exquisite lob just before half-time opened the scoring before on-loan Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga equalised with a composed finish. Paco Alcacer restored Barca’s lead before Uche Agbo was sent off for two yellow ...

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Ramon Calderon warns Chelsea of Madrid interest in Hazard

Chelsea have been warned by a former Real Madrid president they won’t be able to stop Eden Hazard from joining the Spanish giants this summer if he wants to make the move. The Belgian playmaker has been in outstanding form for the Blues this season to help them close in on the Premier League title. Real are reportedly keen to ...

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Barcelona beat Valencia in six-goal thriller

Lionel Messi beat Valencia keeper Diego Alves at the near post for his 25th La Liga goal of the season (Image credit: AFP)

Lionel Messi struck twice as Barcelona beat 10-man Valencia in a thrilling match to move two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid. Eliaquim Mangala headed the visitors in front from a corner, before Luis Suarez steered in an equaliser. Messi’s penalty made it 2-1 after Manchester City loanee Mangala was sent off for dragging back Suarez, but Munir El ...

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