Ronaldo scores 50th career hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Girona 6-3

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 37 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, including 21 in his past 11 games (Image credit: Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 50th hat-trick of his career as Real Madrid beat Girona to move up to third in La Liga. Ronaldo converted Toni Kroos’ pass, but Cristhian Stuani’s header made it 1-1. Real retook the lead with a powerful strike from Ronaldo and he then set up Lucas Vazquez for the hosts’ third before completing his hat-trick. Stuani ...

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Barcelona’s Iniesta a doubt for Chelsea clash after injury


Barcelona could be without Andres Iniesta for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash against Chelsea after he suffered a hamstring injury. Barcelona confirmed their key midfielder sustained the injury in his right leg during the first half of Sunday’s 1-0 La Liga win over Atletico Madrid. Iniesta tried to continue after feeling the problem around the 20-minute mark, but ...

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Valencia close gap on Real Madrid after win over Real Betis


Fourth-placed Valencia moved to within a point of Real Madrid with a 2-0 win over Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday. Rodrigo finished off a quick counter-attack to fire the hosts ahead after 23 minutes. Shortly after the restart, Simone Zaza latched onto a through-ball from Geoffrey Kondogbia to double Valencia’s advantage and wrap up the three points. At ...

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Messi scores 600th goal in Barcelona win over Atletico Madrid


Lionel Messi’s 600th career goal maintained Barcelona’s unbeaten record in La Liga to open up an eight-point lead over opponents Atletico Madrid. Messi’s superb first-half free-kick from 25 yards into the top corner took his club tally to 539 goals and he also has 61 for Argentina. Luis Suarez could have added a second but his chip sailed narrowly wide. ...

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Modric charged with false testimony

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric was charged Friday with giving false testimony at the corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former chief Zdravko Mamic, prosecutors said. The 32-year-old midfielder was charged with “committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony” last June during a trial against Mamic and three others before a local tribunal, a prosecutors’ statement said. In line with ...

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La Liga posts news of Partey’s contract extension in Pidgin and Twi


The Spanish La Liga’s official Facebook page on Friday interestingly posted news of Ghana international Thomas Partey’s contract extension with Atletico Madrid in the Ghanaian language Twi and Pidgin. Partey on Thursday signed a new deal with the Madrid based club which will keep him at the club till 2023. Partey has played 35 times for Atletico Madrid this season ...

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Thomas Partey extends Atletico stay until 2023


Ghana’s Thomas Partey has signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid  until June 2023, the club has announced. The announcement was made on Thursday after Partey signed the dotted line. Partey has played 35 times for Atletico Madrid this season and has scored three league goals. After signing the extension, Partey told the club’s website of his pride to feature ...

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Moreno goal for Espanyol beats Real Madrid

Real Madrid had been unbeaten in seven La Liga games - their best run of the season (Image credit: Getty Images)

Gerard Moreno scored an injury-time winner as Espanyol beat Real Madrid for the first time in over a decade. Real had won five games in a row but rested Cristiano Ronaldo and were made to pay for a below-par performance. Espanyol probably edged the game and Moreno had a first-half goal ruled out for a marginal offside call. Real defender ...

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Asensio hits brace as Real Madrid edge Betis in thriller


Marco Asensio scored twice as Real Madrid beat Real Betis to secure a third successive victory. Zinedine Zidane’s side took the lead when Asensio nodded in, but Betis equalised through Aissa Mandi. Nacho’s own goal put Betis ahead at the break but Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Cristiano Ronaldo scored to put the defending champions in control. Sergio Leon’s late goal ...

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Barcelona set club record as Pique rescues point in derby


Gerard Pique scored a late equaliser as Barcelona drew at Espanyol to set a club record of 22 games unbeaten at the start of the La Liga season. Philippe Coutinho hit the bar in the first half before Gerard Moreno’s header gave city rivals Espanyol the lead midway through the second. With only eight minutes left, defender Pique headed home ...

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