Real Madrid stroll past Villareal


Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 3-0 win over Villarreal on Wednesday night. Karim Benzema opened the scoring for Real in the first half, before Lucas Vazquez and Luka Modric secured the three points after break. The result keeps Zinedine Zidane’s side a point behind leaders Barcelona and second-placed Atletico, ...

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Barcelona thump Deportivo 8-0

Barca striker Suarez has now scored 49 goals in all competitions this season (Image credit: Reuters)

Barcelona humiliated Deportivo La Coruna to end a three-match losing run. Luis Suarez scored four for the Spanish leaders, with the Uruguay striker bundling in the opener, then tucking in Lionel Messi’s pass. Barca scored six in the second half – Ivan Rakitic fired in, before Suarez slid in for his hat-trick and then tapped in Neymar’s selfless pass. Messi ...

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Getafe 1-5 Real Madrid: Ronaldo, Bale score as Real thrash hosts


Gareth Bale reached 16 goals for the first time in a La Liga season as Real Madrid thrashed Getafe 5-1 to move one point behind leaders Barcelona. Real’s seventh successive league win kept alive their hopes of a first title since 2012 and sent neighbours Getafe to the bottom of the table. Karim Benzema put Real ahead and after Isco ...

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Karim Benzema banned for Euro 2016


The French football federation have banned Karim Benzema from the national team over his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal. The Real Madrid star was omitted from Les Bleus’ most recent squad and now president Noel Le Graet has confirmed Benzema is now suspended and, as long as the investigation continues, will miss next summer’s tournament. “Today, ...

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League leaders Barcelona stumble at Real Sociedad


Barcelona continued their poor form at Real Sociedad as they suffered a shock loss to blow open La Liga title race. After Atletico and Real Madrid both won earlier on Saturday, Barca now hold a three-point lead over second-placed Atletico with six games remaining. They have collected only one point of a possible nine and were soundly beaten by Sociedad, ...

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Ronaldo sets record as Real Madrid thrash Eibar


Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 30 goals in six successive La Liga seasons as Real Madrid beat Eibar comfortably. Karim Benzema, who is battling a knee injury, and Gareth Bale were rested as Real prepare for Tuesday’s Champions League game against Wolfsburg. James Rodriguez steered in a free-kick, with Lucas Vazquez adding a second. It was 4-0 ...

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Valencia lose first game since Neville sacking


Valencia lost in their first game since the sacking of former boss Gary Neville as they suffered an away defeat at Las Palmas to remain in relegation trouble. Neville left the club this week after less than four months in charge and was replaced by Pako Ayestaran – a man Neville had brought to the Mestalla. Valencia went ahead when ...

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Atletico Madrid thrash Betis to keep title hopes alive


Atletico Madrid kept alive their hopes of winning La Liga with their biggest league win of the season against Real Betis. Former Liverpool and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres opened the scoring with a lovely dinked finish. Antoine Griezmann doubled the lead before right-back Juanfran made it 3-0. Ruben Castro reduced the deficit before late goals by Griezmann and substitute Thomas ...

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Ronaldo nets winner as Madrid stun Barcelona at Camp Nou


Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal gave 10-man Real Madrid victory in El Clasico and ended La Liga leaders Barcelona’s 39-match unbeaten run. Gerard Pique’s powerful downward header from a corner had given Barca a 56th-minute lead after a tense first half. Karim Benzema’s brilliant scissor kick made it 1-1, before Gareth Bale had a goal harshly ruled out for a push. ...

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