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‘Monumental’ Iago Aspas shows World Cup credentials against Barcelona | Sid Lowe

The Celta striker is incredibly popular at his boyhood club and, as he showed against the league leaders, he’s incredibly good at football tooEvery day when the tide goes out on the beach of Moaña where the Atlantic reaches deep into Galicia, María joi…

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Barcelona held at Celta Vigo and extend their undefeated run to 40 games

Barcelona’s charge towards the title was held up after a much-changed side was held to a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, where Sergi Roberto was sent off. They held out to extend their unbeaten run to 40 matches, however, and move 12 points ahead of second-pla…

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Luis Suárez helps sink Valencia as Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

Barcelona responded to their shock Champions League elimination to Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday in a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou, setting a La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten and taking themselves a step closer to another title.Luis…

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Six of the most dramatic nights in the European Cup and Champions League

From the 1960 final to the miracle of Istanbul, Europe’s top club competition has provided many moments to rival the drama of Real Madrid’s win against JuventusThe almost shocking conclusion to what had been a notable Juventus recovery against Real Mad…

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Waning powers of Iniesta and Suárez point to change at Barcelona | Jacob Steinberg

Champions League exit against Roma was proof ageing team can no longer rely on Lionel Messi to get them out of troubleIf it was possible for Barcelona not to become overwhelmed by despair when they fell to Juventus last season, there was no way for the…

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Roma’s Eusebio Di Francesco aiming to go all the way to Kiev – video

The Roma coach, Eusebio Di Francesco, does not want his team to settle for what he says was ‘an extraordinary result’ against Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals. The Italian side beat the leaders of La Liga after overturning a 4-1 first-l…

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Barcelona showed they cannot really defend – but can anyone? | Jonathan Wilson

The Champions League is full of sides losing by three goals or more – and that includes the latter stages. Even domestically dominant sides can be found wantingExplain this: Juventus, top of Serie A, having kept clean sheets in 21 of their previous 25 …

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‘A historic humiliation for Barcelona’ – Roma win stuns Spanish press

The Spanish media, like Barcelona, were struggling to come to terms with the 3-0 defeat at Roma. It was ‘a failure with no excuses’“And the worst thing,” said El Mundo, “is that it was deserved.” The “disaster” – deserved. The “disgrace” – deserved. Th…

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‘It’s not a miracle, it’s something bigger’ – Italian press hails Roma’s win

The Italian newspapers were full of praise for Roma after their win over Barcelona, with Corriere dello Sport giving every player 10 out of 10Not even in a moment of shared exhilaration could Italy’s football writers find consensus. “Miracles, in footb…

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‘What a night!’ De Rossi hails coach Di Francesco as Roma stun Barcelona

• Serie A side produce brilliant comeback to reach semi-finals• ‘This win is one of the best I have ever experienced’Roma captain Daniele De Rossi praised coach Eusebio Di Francesco after his side completed a remarkable comeback against Barcelona to re…

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Kostas Manolas seals Roma’s historic comeback to beat Barcelona

There cannot have been many better celebrations at this stadium. One glance off Kostas Manolas’s head was enough to spark scenes of utter bedlam. The Roma coaches and substitutes had all leapt off the bench to join in, it was barely possible to hear yo…

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Roma v Barcelona: Champions League quarter-final second leg – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Stadio OlimpicoManchester City v Liverpool – live!Follow all Tuesday’s live scores hereEmail Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 5.38pm BST Hello and welcome to Narnia. Only in this land of make-believe …

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Lionel Messi guides Barcelona to win over Leganés to equal unbeaten record

Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and ensured Barcelona equalled a La Liga record of 38 matches without defeat by beating Leganés 3-1 on Saturday. The champions-elect matched the milestone set by Real Sociedad in 1979-80 by remaining undefeated through 3…

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Zinedine Zidane insists Real Madrid’s derby with Atlético still matters | Sid Lowe

Diego Simeone’s side retain faint hopes of winning La Liga but both teams seem more concerned with European ambitions when they meet at the BernabéuOn the eve of the Madrid derby Zinedine Zidane was asked to whom the game mattered more. “Both,” he said…

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Gerard Piqué pops up to give Barcelona the real deal after Roma’s own-goal gifts

Roma scored three at the Camp Nou but their chances of reaching a first Champions League semi-final since 1984 are slim. This time it was not Lionel Messi who scored and while Luis Suárez ended his year-long wait for a Champions League goal, it was two…

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Barcelona v Roma: Champions League quarter-final first leg – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-off at Camp NouMessi fit and firing to lead charge against RomaAnd feel free to email Jacob or tweet @JacobSteinberg 6.47pm BST Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Roberto; Rakitic, Iniesta; Me…

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Lionel Messi fit and firing to lead the Barcelona charge against Roma

• Messi and Busquets back for Champions League quarter-final • Valverde: ‘Messi makes a difference every time he touches the ball’“Welcome Romans, 100,000 gladiators await you,” warned Barcelona in a preview video of their Champions League quarter-fina…

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Without Messi, Barça looked beaten; with him, they look unbeatable | Sid Lowe

Sevilla had been agonisingly close to beating Barcelona but substitute Lionel Messi came on after an hour to score an equaliser in the dying minutesIt took FC Barcelona 358 days to lose their record and 54 seconds to get it back again. Saturday night, …

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Football’s latest arms race: the battle for Europe’s best youngsters intensifies | Stephen Ganavas

Away from the Neymars and Coutinhos, the continent’s top clubs are increasingly targeting players between 16 and 18, such as Jadon Sancho and Willem GeubbelsJadon Sancho’s move last summer from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund made a clear statemen…

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Manchester City title stroll should not distract from strength of competition | Jonathan Wilson

We may not have had a tight title race since 2013-14 but the Premier League is still more competitive than its rivalsThe title race was in effect over about four months before the final snows of winter. Even if Manchester City do not wrap up the champi…