Real lose at home in Madrid derby to Atletico


Atletico Madrid took all Real Madrid had to throw at them as they won 2-1 at the Bernabeu. Last season’s surprise champions weathered a first-half storm after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty cancelled out Tiago’s opener, and their resolve was worth it as they won it in the 76th minute. Substitute Arda Turan got their winner, but all their players were heroes ...

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Neymar scores twice in Barca win over Bilbao


A late Neymar double salvaged a 2-0 La Liga win for wasteful Barcelona over Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou on Saturday. Luis Enrique’s side enjoyed long spells of unrelenting pressure and produced some fine football on Saturday, but Barca almost put themselves in a difficult situation after spurning a host of chances. Athletic goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz proved a difficult obstacle, denying Munir El ...

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‘Football’s not a game for girls’ – Ancelotti defends Atletico’s style


Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has rejected suggestions that Atletico Madrid are a violent team and insisted “football is not a game for girls”. The Madrid derbies have become even feistier than usual over the past two years as Diego Simeone’s men have gone from Europa League spot contenders to Champions League finalists and La Liga winners. Criticism has been levelled at the combative style ...

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Ronaldo 100% fit for Madrid derby


Cristiano Ronaldo has been declared “100% ready” for the Madrid derby as coach Carlo Ancelotti assures he will get it right with his revamped Real. Ronaldo missed Portugal’s shock defeat by Albania and Real’s loss to Sociedad on Sunday with an unspecified injury. “My confidence lies on two pillars,” said Ancelotti ahead of the visit of champions Atletico. “I have a group of professionals ...

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Bale wants more British players to play abroad


Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has urged more British footballers to leave the Premier League and play abroad. Welshman Bale moved from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a world-record £85m transfer fee last summer. The 25-year-old, who is one of only a few leading players from the UK to move abroad, won the Champions League in his first season in Spain. “If ...

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Barcelona’s Suarez set for debut against Real Madrid


Barcelona say striker Luis Suarez will be able to play in the league match at Real Madrid on 25 October. The game takes place a day after the Uruguay international’s four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup comes to an end. Spain’s professional league (LFP) confirmed the date of El Clasico on Wednesday. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) also ...

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Move from Bayern to Real Madrid a step up – Kroos

Toni Kroos: Feels move to Real Madrid represents a step up in his career

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has ‘no regrets’ about joining Real Madrid from Bayern Munich this summer. The 24-year-old left Bayern after rejecting their offer of a new contract beyond next summer, and he believes he made the right move. “I’ve done everything right – I’m 100 per cent satisfied,” he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “In a worldwide standing, ...

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Real Madrid fear lengthy absence for Khedira


Real Madrid are set for a fresh spell without Sami Khedira after the midfielder suffered a thigh injury.The 27-year-old picked up a problem in his left thigh in training in Madrid shortly before departing to join up with the Germany squad for their international clashes over the next week, according to the German Football Federation.Both Madrid and the DFB have since confirmed that ...

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Real Madrid sign Hernandez from Man United on loan


Real Madrid have signed Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan deal. The 26-year-old Mexico international has moved to the Bernabeu on an initial temporary basis, but Real have the option to make the deal permanent next summer. The European champions announced the deal in a short statement on their website and Hernandez was presented to the media ...

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Real Sociedad stun European champions Real Madrid


Real Sociedad came back from two goals down to seal a famous victory over European champions Real Madrid. The visitors, who were without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, were superb in attack and led thanks to early goals from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale. But Sociedad exposed their defensive deficiencies to level through Inigo Martinez and David Zurutuza. Zurutuza struck again ...

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