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European roundup: Karim Benzema double fires Real Madrid to the top

Milan’s title hopes fade as Inter move a step closerDortmund stay in top-four race with Wolfsburg in thirdA first-half double from Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory away to Cádiz that moved them top of La Liga. Related: Agnelli’s…

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Rebels in Spain have the best hands for football’s biggest game of poker | Sid Lowe

There has been criticism, but don’t expect fans to mobilise in huge numbers against their own clubs, not like in EnglandPoor Roberto Carlos. It was his first and hopefully his last day in the job, and he had to deal with that. At the end of every game,…

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Clásico conquerors complete Zidane’s latest comeback for Real Madrid | Sid Lowe

Having been well off the pace in January, Real beat Barcelona to briefly return to the top of La Liga on Saturday“I’ve been locked up for two weeks, as if I was in a cage, and I feel like a fight,” Zinedine Zidane said, so he went out and found one. Ha…

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European roundup: Matteo Darmian the hero as Inter close in on Serie A title

Antonio Conte’s side leave it late against CagliariMorata on target for Juventus, Madrid’s Vázquez out for seasonA rare goal from Matteo Darmian earned Inter a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday as Antonio Conte’s side closed on their first Serie A title …

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Kroos’ double deflection deflates Barça, decides clásico and sends Real top

Six months later, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table and at the cost of their two great rivals. As a storm tore through Valdebebas, the 12th ground to host this fixture throughout history, they defeated Barcelona 2-1 to overhaul Atlético Madr…

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clásico – live!

Minute-by-minute updates on the action in La LigaBarça and Real Madrid up for clásico that could decide titleAny comments? You can email Rob.Smyth@theguardian.com 8.23pm BST 24 min Benzema wafts the free-kick miles over the bar. 8.23pm BST 23 min Pedri…

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In-form Barça and Real Madrid up for clásico that could decide La Liga

The first Madrid meeting since Joan Laporta returned as Barça president could be Lionel Messi’s final outing in the fixtureHello again. If there was a moment in which Joan Laporta’s return to the presidency of Barcelona started to feel real, it was pro…

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La Liga finds no evidence Juan Cala racially abused Mouctar Diakhaby

League studied audio and used lip-reading expertsSpanish federation also looking into the incidentLa Liga has found no evidence that Juan Cala racially abused Mouctar Diakhaby after investigating the events that led to Valencia walking off the pitch in…

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Pablo Aimar: ‘We didn’t want to be Batman. We wanted to be Maradona’

Pablo Aimar discusses his heroes, his coaches, his time at Valencia and his current job as the Argentina Under-17s bossBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkYou learn football by playing. There are good, intelligent coaches, with a lot of…

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Juan Cala denies racial abuse of Mouctar Diakhaby amid Valencia criticism

Cádiz player claims he is the subject of a ‘public lynching’ Diakhaby speaks publicly for first time since Cádiz matchMouctar Diakhaby and Juan Cala have spoken publicly for the first time since Valencia’s players walked off the pitch in protest at rac…

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Dembélé strikes at death to take Barça past Real Valladolid before El Clásico

Barça move ahead of Real Madrid and one point off AtléticoCatalan side travel to Bernabéu on Saturday for crucial clásicoBarcelona forward Ousmane Dembélé struck in stoppage time to snatch a vital 1-0 win at home to Real Valladolid to pull the Catalan …

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Valencia stand with Diakhaby but their show of unity is undermined | Sid Lowe

The La Liga side rightly left the pitch against Cádiz over alleged racial abuse, so why did they end up coming back on?Every time the camera focused on Mouctar Diakhaby sitting in the stands, and Juan Cala still on the pitch, it felt worse. An opportun…

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Valencia players walk off pitch due to alleged racial abuse – video report

Valencia walked off the field during their La Liga game against Cádiz after Mouctar Diakhaby said he was racially abused by Cádiz defender Juan Cala. The Valencia coach Javi Gracia later said, ‘We spoke with Diakhaby and he told us he was not OK to pla…

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Valencia players walk off pitch due to alleged racial abuse – video report

Valencia walked off the field during their La Liga game against Cádiz after Mouctar Diakhaby said he was racially abused by Cádiz defender Juan Cala. The Valencia coach Javi Gracia later said, ‘We spoke with Diakhaby and he told us he was not OK to pla…

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Valencia walk off against Cádiz after Diakhaby accuses opponent of racist abuse

La Liga match stopped for 20 minutes following allegationDiakhaby substituted after incident with Juan CalaValencia walked off the pitch in protest at alleged racist abuse directed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby by Cádiz’s Juan Cala on Sunday afternoon, …

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Valencia walk off against Cádiz after Diakhaby accuses opponent of racist abuse

La Liga match stopped for 20 minutes following allegationDiakhaby substituted after incident with Juan CalaValencia walked off the pitch in protest at alleged racist abuse directed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby by Cádiz’s Juan Cala on Sunday afternoon, …

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European roundup: Neymar sees red as Lille grab title initiative against PSG

Real Madrid warm up for Liverpool with win over EibarBayern edge past Leipzig, Frankfurt beat DortmundLille leapfrogged Paris St-Germain to grab the lead in Ligue 1 on Saturday after Jonathan David found the back of the net in a 1-0 win over the French…

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A final like no other: la Real, Athletic and the biggest Basque derby ever | Sid Lowe

Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao’s delayed Copa del Rey final will be an historic occasion – even without any fans to witness itThey have waited a long time for this, just not for it to be like this. Saturday night’s Copa del Rey final between Real So…

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‘Strikers are lucky’: Bono tastes goal-scorer’s euphoria and saves Sevilla | Sid Lowe

Yassine Bono netted a dramatic equaliser against Valladolid, a moment of joy and drama that will live long in the memory“Where are you going?” asked Marcos Acuña. Yassine Bono didn’t reply, he just kept on running, but the answer was soon revealed: to …

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Juventus beaten at home by Benevento in hammer blow to fading title hopes

Adolfo Gaich winner leaves Juve 10 points behind InterHertha Berlin boost survival bid with win over LeverkusenJuventus’ faint hopes of catching Serie A leaders Inter suffered a hammer blow on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 at home by struggling Beneve…