Luis Suarez surprised by Ballon d’Or snub


Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has admitted his surprise at not being included on the shortlist of 23 players for this year’s Ballon d’Or. However, the Uruguay international has vowed he will not make an issue of his snub, which has been described as “political” by former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard. Gerrard’s comments relate to the disciplinary problems that resulted in ...

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Eibar win 3-2 at Rayo for third victory of the season


Primera Division minnows Eibar again defied their doubters by recording their third win of the season thanks to a fine late volley from captain Mikel Arruabarrena. Eibar coasted into a comfortable lead away to Rayo Vallecano thanks to a controversial penalty from Arruabarrena and a goal from Federico Piovaccari, but they then conceded two goals in 65 seconds to Leo ...

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Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale returns to training after injury


Gareth Bale returned to Real Madrid training on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League visit of Liverpool. The Wales international has not played in any of Madrid’s five matches since the international break because of a buttock muscle injury. Bale, the world’s most expensive player, missed Real’s 3-0 win at Anfield but could be in contention for the return fixture. Real lead La Liga ...

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Sevilla lose to Athletic Bilbao, miss chance to go top


Sevilla missed the opportunity to go top of La Liga as they were beaten by Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. The visitors had won seven of their last eight league matches, but went behind when Aritz Aduriz finished powerfully from Markel Susaeta’s cross. Bilbao continued to create the best chances, but Aymeric Laporte hit a free-kick wide and Susaeta’s angled ...

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Barcelona beaten at home by Celta Vigo


Barcelona suffered their first home La Liga defeat of the season as they were beaten by Celta Vigo at the Nou Camp. The visitors took a surprise lead in the second half when Joaquin Larrivey finished after Nolito’s backheel. Luis Enrique’s Barcelona side hit the woodwork four times, with Lionel Messi and Neymar both being frustrated twice. Luis Suarez, making ...

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Atletico beat Cordoba to keep pace with leaders


La Liga champions Atletico Madrid moved to within a point of leaders Real Madrid with a comfortable win at home to Cordoba. Antoine Griezmann scored twice and Koke had a hand in three goals as Atletico kept the pressure on city rivals Real at the top of the table. Griezmann’s double sandwiched Nabil Ghilas’s leveller. Mario Mandzukic and Raul Garcia put the ...

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Ronaldo, James score in comfortable Real Madrid win


A wondergoal from James Rodriguez helped Real Madrid to another impressive La Liga victory as they saw off Granada 4-0 on Saturday. A brilliant start saw Cristiano Ronaldo give the European champions the lead, slotting home after just two minutes, and James added a second with a vicious volley 15 minutes before the break. Karim Benzema added a third shortly ...

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Getafe up to ninth with 2-1 away win over Deportivo


Getafe have climbed to ninth in the Primera Division after they cruised to a 2-1 win over Deportivo la Coruna at the Estadio Riazor. Cosmin Contra’s side came through tough conditions in the first half on Friday night to nip ahead of their hosts courtesy of an own goal from Deportivo goalkeeper Ramirez Fabricio. Angel Lafita doubled their lead 20 ...

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Messi “more skillful” than Ronaldo – Fabio Capello


Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is “more skilful” than Real Madrid’s 2013 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, says former England boss Fabio Capello. Messi, 27, will become La Liga’s all-time top scorer if he scores twice at home to Celta Vigo on Saturday. Portugal’s Ronaldo, 29, is 10th on the league’s leading scorers list. “Cristiano is a powerful player, with very good technique, but he does ...

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Barcelona beat Espanyol to win Catalan Super Cup


Luis Suarez chipped in with a cheeky assist as Barcelona beat Espanyol in the Catalan Super Cup thanks to a penalty shootout, but is still searching for his first goal in Spain. The former Liverpool striker started the game in the centre of the attack but buzzed around the front in his usual waspish fashion, setting up the opener for ...

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