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Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on target as Barcelona get better of Villarreal

Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Villarreal, who had Dani Raba sent off in the second half.Villarreal were holding on gamely at 0-0, having had the better of things for much of the first half, u…

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Champions League power rankings: Manchester City are the team to beat

Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the four teams to avoid in what will be a competitive draw for the last-16 on MondayBy Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer for WhoScored?The last-16 stage of the Champions League promises …

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Champions League power rankings: Manchester City are the team to beat

Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are the four teams to avoid in what will be a competitive draw for the last-16 on MondayBy Martin Laurence and Ben McAleer for WhoScored?The last-16 stage of the Champions League promises …

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Football transfer rumours: Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona? Walcott to West Ham?

Today’s fluff is mulling things overLionel Messi can’t make his mind up. Last week he wanted Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho, but now he’s urging them to drop their interest in the Brazilian forward and turn their attention elsewhere. Messi, who ap…

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Champions League roundup: Bayern end PSG’s 100% record but come second

• Kylian Mbappé goal stifles German champions attempts to oust French club• Wins for Barcelona and Juventus, while Roma finish top of Group CBayern Munich ended Paris Saint-Germain’s 100% record in Group B but their 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena was…

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Bayern Munich v PSG, Celtic v Anderlecht: Champions League – live!

Live updates from all of Tuesday’s Champions League matchesChampions League tables: check on the latest standingsAnd you can email Nick or ping him a tweet @NickMiller79 7.12pm GMT Just throwing forwards to tomorrow, this is either admirable honesty or…

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Barcelona drop points again as Gómez and Aspas seal draw for Celta Vigo

• Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo• Messi 22, Suárez 62; Aspas 20, Gomez 70La Liga leaders Barcelona were held to a 2-2 home draw by Celta Vigo on Saturday as their former assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue dented the title hopes of the Catalans, who dropped po…

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Football transfer rumours: Mourinho targeting Rose, Bale, Griezmann and Özil?

Today’s fluff is setting out its termsThe Manchester United manager José Mourinho, who has always come across as a bit of a Ned Flanders, is apparently planning to turn Old Trafford into a Salford-based branch of The Leftorium. Alarmed at the balance o…

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Valencia honour legendary president by pushing Barcelona all the way | Sid Lowe

Standing there at Mestalla, it no longer felt impossible for them to compete to be champions for the first time since the late Jaume Ortí wore an orange wigRodrigo Moreno sprinted towards the near post, slotted the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen and d…

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Barcelona draw in Valencia after Lionel Messi controversially denied clear goal

• Argentinian’s shot clearly crossed the line but not given by officials• Serie A: Napoli return to top of the table with win over UdineseLionel Messi was controversially denied a perfectly good goal as La Liga pacesetters Barcelona hit back to earn a …

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Valencia v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga latest as first visits second in a summit showdown at MestallaLionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal to run until 2021And feel free to email Will or tweet your thoughts @Will_Unwin 7.19pm GMT I mock Vermaelen, but…0 – Barcelona have not lost a…

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Lionel Messi agrees new Barcelona deal to run until 2021

• Barça include £626m buy-out clause in Argentinian’s new contract• Deal would appear to scupper Manchester City hopes of landing MessiLionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona through to the summer of 2021.A renewal was agreed between player a…

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Barcelona’s draw with Juventus clinches last-16 place as Messi starts on bench

Barcelona allowed themselves the luxury of starting with Lionel Messi on the bench and still held out comfortably for a 0-0 draw at Juventus to reach the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday. Barcelona, who brought on Messi early in the se…

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Juventus v Barcelona: Champions League – live!

Latest action from Group D match in TurinBarça can confirm top spot; defeat would leave Juve at risk of not qualifyingScoreboard: all the Champions League and Championship goalsFollow Basel v Manchester United and PSG v CelticEmail Bryan with your thou…

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Champions League: previews for the big matches this week

The form guide, fitness news and facts on Sevilla v Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham, Atlético Madrid v Roma and Juventus v BarcelonaBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkIt won’t be an easy task but Liverpool kno…

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Michael Laudrup: a portrait of an icon

Long before Denmark produced the supremely gifted Christian Eriksen, they gave the world one of the most elegant players in the history of the game• Buy Portrait of an Icon and contribute to the Sir Bobby Robson FoundationThe theory of collective intel…

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Barcelona the only winners in Madrid after derby stalemate | Sid Lowe

It is still early in the season but even a draw in the derby was not much use; Madrid and Atlético had to win. Only Barcelona didFC Barcelona pulled out of Butarque on an angular blue and orange bus that looked like it had been borrowed from a school t…

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Luis Suárez back on target as Barcelona pull away with win over Leganés

• Uruguay striker scores twice in 3-0 victory to end five-game goal drought• Barça go seven points clear of Valencia, who visit Espanyol on SundayLuis Suárez ended a goal drought spanning five games by scoring twice in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Leganés …

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‘Messi’s last chance to become a God’: Argentina fans on the 2018 World Cup

Argentina put their fans through agony on their way to securing their place in Russia. We went to Buenos Aires to endure and enjoy it with themBy Copa90, for the Guardian Sport NetworkArgentina are playing Russia on Saturday afternoon in the Luzhniki S…

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Golden Goal: Ronaldinho for Barcelona v Chelsea (2005) | Daniel Harris

Though football has infinite possibilities, it delivers very few goals unlike any other, but the genius of Ronaldinho found a wayFootball has lots of worthy aims: identity, community, competition and the like. But important though they are, none are fe…