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European roundup: Barcelona stroll; Leipzig go top and Bayern win late

• La Liga champions ease to 4-1 victory over Alavés• RB Leipzig 3-1 Augsburg; Bayern Munich 2-0 WolfsburgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann were all on target in a convincing 4-1 home win over Alavés on Saturday which ensured t…

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Dani Carvajal’s late winner puts Real Madrid on top of La Liga

• Defender scores scrappy winner at Alavés• Real move ahead of Barcelona at the topReal Madrid earned a spirited 2-1 win at Alavés with a scrappy late goal from the defender Dani Carvajal. Real’s captain, Sergio Ramos, put the visitors in front by head…

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Oliver Burke: ‘I feel like a proper footballer again, really good in myself’

The 22-year-old talks about being rejuvenated at Alavés, the club’s Scottish groundsman and dealing with abuse in the Championship“So that’s what he’s going on about!” Oliver Burke is laughing now, telling the story of his first day at Alavés and the m…

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Oliver Burke: ‘I feel like a proper footballer again, really good in myself’

The 22-year-old talks about being rejuvenated at Alavés, the club’s Scottish groundsman and dealing with abuse in the Championship“So that’s what he’s going on about!” Oliver Burke is laughing now, telling the story of his first day at Alavés and the m…

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PSG suffer first league defeat of season after Lyon produce shock

• Dembélé and Fekir goals give Lyon surprise 2-1 victory• Real defeat Alavés 3-0; Inter jeered by fans after lossParis Saint-Germain suffered their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season as Lyon claimed a deserved 2-1 home victory on Sunday evening.Ángel D…

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The most improved football teams in Europe this season

Liverpool had a negative goal difference this time last season. Which other sides in Europe’s big leagues have improved?It’s easy to forget that Liverpool were in a worrying position this time last year. Having just suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Totte…

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Alavés revel in beautiful madness and pile pressure on Lopetegui’s Madrid | Sid Lowe

Manu García’s last-gasp goal gave Alavés their first home win over Real since 1931 as the visitors lost their third game in four“I was crapping myself,” admitted Alavés coach Abelardo Fernández. A few metres to his right, so was Real Madrid manager Jul…

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Lionel Messi double powers Barcelona to victory over Alavés in opener

Barcelona began the new campaign with a 3-0 win over Alavés with the help of an under-the-wall free-kick from Lionel Messi, who scored twice, and a curling shot from the substitute Philippe Coutinho.The champions had dominated the late kick-off at a qu…

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Bojan Krkic: ‘I had anxiety attacks but no one wants to talk about that. Football’s not interested’

The forward, who scored 900 goals for Barcelona’s youth teams and was labelled the ‘New Messi’, opens up on how the huge expectations affected him“I have a problem,” Bojan Krkic says, edging forward on the sofa. “I love football, it’s my life.” Outside…

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European roundup: Real Madrid rout Alavés as Bayern Munich held by Hertha

• Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema score for Real in 4-0 La Liga victory• Bayern’s winning run halted by Hertha in goalless Bundesliga drawReal Madrid’s strikeforce hit back with a vengeance when Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all scored in …

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reachIn the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the M…

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Understated Eibar continue to show size doesn’t always matter | Sid Lowe

Only Barcelona and Atlético can match Eibar’s results over the last three months as another unlikely run at Europe continuesIván Ramis took off his shirt and put his hat on, a flat red porkpie perched on his head as he stood in the corner of Butarque w…

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European round-up: Suárez, Messi score late to save Barcelona against Alavés

• Philippe Coutinho makes first start for Barcelona in 2-1 win• Dries Mertens scores twice in Napoli’s 3-1 defeat of BolognaLionel Messi scored a spectacular free-kick to give Barcelona a come-from-behind 2-1 win over struggling Alavés, keeping the Cat…

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Barcelona v Alavés: La Liga – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm (GMT) kick-off at the Nou CampThe making of Coutinho: how Espanyol polished Barça’s diamondEmail Nick or tweet: @NickAmes82 7.49pm GMT 4 min: Sobrino, of course, makes an all Man City old-boy attacking partnership for Alaves, al…

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Lionel Messi scores 350th La Liga goal as Barcelona canter past Alavés

Lionel Messi made amends for a missed first-half penalty by scoring both goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at Alavés on Saturday.

Messi, who hit the woodwork three times but failed to score in last week’s 2-0 win over Real Betis, endured further frustration when his spot-kick was parried away by Fernando Pacheco in the 41st minute after Gerard Piqué was fouled.

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Lionel Messi scores 350th La Liga goal as Barcelona canter past Alavés

Lionel Messi made amends for a missed first-half penalty by scoring both goals as Barcelona won 2-0 at Alavés on Saturday.

Messi, who hit the woodwork three times but failed to score in last week’s 2-0 win over Real Betis, endured further frustration when his spot-kick was parried away by Fernando Pacheco in the 41st minute after Gerard Piqué was fouled.

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Mauricio Pellegrino, the complete coach who hates losing and frets when he wins | Sid Lowe

Southampton’s new manager, highly regarded for his man-management and tactical nous, obsesses about the damage victory can inflict on players’ hunger

There were around 40 people on the coaching course Mauricio Pellegrino took when he was a player at Valencia in 1999 and he wanted to know what it was that moved them to be there, so he did something he has done ever since football took him from his home in the Argentinian pampas: he asked and he listened. There were all sorts of reasons but surprisingly few matched his. For some, it was just something to do. For others, it was about money, just a job. Not for Pellegrino. He asked a friend there whether he would take it if a tiny third division club came for him. “No,” he said. “Coaching’s not your vocation, then,” Pellegrino replied.

It is Pellegrino’s. “Had it not been for football I would never have left home,” he once said. He was a little introverted, at least to start with, and one former team-mate says football is his life while he told a player who worked under him that through football he found a way to express himself. Especially through coaching, his calling. He has emerged and evolved over the years but even as a player he was a manager. Louis van Gaal once said: “He’ll make a great coach.” Although Pellegrino was not pleased, joking that meant the Dutchman did not think he was much of a centre-back, Van Gaal is not a man given to handing out compliments and he knew he was right.

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Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey final triumph against Alavés

• Barcelona 3-1 Alavés
• Messi 30, Neymar 45, Alcácer 45; Hernández 33

Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home.

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Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey final triumph against Alavés

• Barcelona 3-1 Alavés
• Messi 30, Neymar 45, Alcácer 45; Hernández 33

Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home.

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The Alavés miracle: ‘We know what lies behind it: the work, sacrifice and effort’

Six years after escaping administration, Alavés take on mighty Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. Captain and local boy Manu García describes the fairytale

Manu García runs his finger carefully down the long list of names, squinting slightly as he searches for his own. Sixteen years on, he knows where to look but there are 13,200 of them written in tiny white print on a blue and yellow background, covering every millimetre from top to bottom and left to right, so it is not easy to find. Eventually, he sees his father, hidden among hundreds of Garcías. And then, on the line below, he stops. “Here,” he says. “This is me.” MANUEL ALEJANDRO GARCÍA.

Related: Alavés return from the abyss and rebel against reality to tame Barcelona | Sid Lowe

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