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La Liga: Atletico lose ground on leaders after Espanyol draw

Atletico Madrid centre-back Joao Miranda was sent off as they missed the chance to reclaim third place in La Liga by drawing at Espanyol. The Brazil international received a red card in first-half injury time for an elbow on home midfielder Abraham. Diego Simeone’s side, who slipped to fourth after Valencia beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Friday, still had ...

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Europa League: Sevilla’s Vitolo makes history by scoring after 13 seconds

Sevilla’s Vitolo scored the fastest goal in Europa League history as the holders beat Villarreal 3-1 in their last-16 first-leg match. Vitolo netted after just 13.21 seconds  from Kevin Gameiro’s lofted pass almost straight from the kick-off. The goal beats the previous record, set by AEK’s Ismael Blanco in the inaugural season in 2009, by nearly two seconds. Goals from Stephane M’bia ...

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Inaki Williams on GFA radar

The Ghana FA says it has plans to secure the international future of Athletic Bilbao youngster Inaki Williams for the Black Stars. The 20-year-old has been considered as one of the brightest future prospects having made some impressive performance for the Lions in La Liga. Williams is a Spaniard by birth to a Ghanaian father and a Liberian mother – ...

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Raul: It was only a matter of time until my records fell

In the opening instalment of his exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Raul spoke of his motives for joining New York Cosmos and the challenges he has set himself in the USA. Now in part two, the Spaniard talks about the Real Madrid No7 jersey and the player who inherited it from him, changing fortunes in the Madrid derby and the titles ...

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UCL: Real hold on to make it past Schalke

Real Madrid survived a real scare to qualify for their fifth successive Champions League quarter-final despite conceding four away goals to an impressive Schalke. The holders were hanging on in the final few seconds as Schalke were just one goal away from producing one of the competition’s biggest shocks after winning the second leg. Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, ...

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Every game a must-win for Barcelona – Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique believes Barcelona will have to cope with the pressure of winning every game if they are to regain the Primera Division crown. Barcelona capitalised on Real Madrid’s defeat at Athletic Bilbao by climbing to the top of La Liga for the first time since early November with a 6-1 demolition of Rayo Vallecano on Sunday. Despite being pleased ...

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La Liga round-up: Atletico held at home, Moyes’ Real Sociedad win

Atletico Madrid’s chances of retaining their La Liga title suffered a blow as they were held at home by Valencia to slip seven points behind new leaders Barcelona. Koke fired Atletico into a first-half lead as Diego Simeone’s side chased a sixth straight home league win. Valencia equalised through Shkodran Mustafi’s 78th-minute header before defender Javi Fuego was sent off. ...

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La Liga: Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona win

Messi scored three times against Vallecano

Lionel Messi scored the 24th hat-trick of his La Liga career as rampant Barcelona went to the top of the table. Barca took full advantage of Real Madrid’s defeat by Athletic Bilbao as Luis Suarez also scored twice. Suarez fired the hosts ahead and Gerard Pique forced in the second before Messi netted three in 12 minutes. He scored a ...

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