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Superstars v little people

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Superstars v little people

Real Madrid's superstars, flying high at the top of La Liga, enter the land of Spanish football's little people on Saturday when they take on humble Eibar in the Basque country. Unlike Real's cavernous, fabled Bernabeu with its 85,000-capacity, Eibar's Ipurua stadium has room for just 5,000 fans -- they have had to build...

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Barca run riot

Barca run riot

Neymar scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi got his 400th career goal as Barcelona stormed back to the top of La Liga with a 6-0 thrashing of Granada on Saturday. Real Madrid remained just four points adrift of the leaders as Cristiano Ronaldo's hot scoring streak continued in a 2-0 win at Villarreal. Barca stretched their run of consecutive clean sheets to seven games, but rediscovered their scoring touch after being held to a 0-0 draw at Malaga in midweek as Messi and Neymar shone. The Brazilian opened the scoring with a deflected effort before Messi provided the second with an inch-perfect cross for Ivan Rakitic to head home. Neymar made it three...

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'Horrible Real'

Real Madrid captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas has called for a big improvement after the European champions suffered a surprise early-season setback at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Sunday. Real were missing injured top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo for their second La Liga outing of the campaign but quickly went 2-0 ahead at the Anoeta in San Sebastian before losing control of the match and crashing to a 4-2 reverse. "The team was negative in everything, horrible, we did not play...

Ronaldo's scores bring Real Super Cup

Ronaldo's scores bring Real Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid claimed the first European silverware of the season with a 2-0 Super Cup win over Sevilla in Cardiff. Ronaldo, starting alongside new recruits James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, tapped in a cross from Cardiff-born Gareth Bale to give Real the lead. The Portuguese doubled his side's advantage with...

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Mulling the Mueller paradox

When Germany met Portugal at Salvador, many believed that the match would go towards putting an end to a number of debates in the modern game. The most burning of the issues was the relevance of an out and out striker in the game today. Spain's 'false 9' dominance over the years, the English game's casual brushing off of target men and the emergence of the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Goetze, Neymar and even Cesc Fabregas,...

Real thrash Bayern to reach final

Real thrash Bayern to reach final

Real Madrid sailed into their first Champions League final since 2002 with an astonishingly one-sided away victory over holders Bayern Munich. Sergio Ramos scored two headers from set-pieces before Cristiano Ronaldo rounded off a counter-attack to all but end the game as a contest. Ronaldo added a late free-kick for his record 16th goal of...

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Messi treble as Barca edge Real

Messi treble as Barca edge Real

Barcelona breathed new life into their La Liga title hopes as a Lionel Messi hat-trick helped fire them to victory in a thrilling match at 10-man Real Madrid. Andres Iniesta shot into the top corner before Karim Benzema's brace put Real ahead. Messi restored parity soon after but Cristiano Ronaldo put Real back ahead from...

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Madrid at par with leaders

Madrid at par with leaders

Real Madrid made light of the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo with a 3-0 win away at Getafe to move level with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga. It took the visitors just five minutes to make the breakthrough as Jese Rodriguez curled home his fifth goal in six...

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Ronaldo sees red as Real held

Ronaldo sees red as Real held

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent-off as Real Madrid lost ground in the La Liga title race with a 1-1 draw away to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Atletico Madrid became outright leaders for the first time since their double winning season in 1996 earlier in the day with a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday. The draw moves Real level with Barcelona, who suffered a shock defeat at home to Valencia on Saturday, three points behind Atletico. It could have been so much better for Madrid as after a difficult opening 45 minutes, Jese Rodriguez looked to have them on the road to a 11th consecutive victory when he prodded home Ronaldo's cross...

C'Ron dedicates his goals to Eusebio

C'Ron dedicates his goals to Eusebio

Cristiano Ronaldo dedicated his two goals in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Monday to Portuguese legend Eusebio, who died at the age of 71 on Sunday. Before the game at the Santiago Bernabeu a minute's silence was held alongside a video showing Eusebio with Ronaldo and other Real Madrid greats such...

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