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Category: La Liga

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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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La Liga picks up pace in race to overtake Premier League in Asia | John Duerden

Spanish football has always appealed more in the Americas than in Asia but La Liga is desperate to change that and is looking at playing games outside SpainSpanish teams may have been knocking English teams out of Europe this season but challenging the…

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Ryan Sessegnon is not the only gifted young player in the Championship

The 17-year-old was voted best player, best young player and best apprentice at the EFL awards but he’s just one of many talents excelling in the Championship this seasonBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkRyan Sessegnon won’t fo…

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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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Fun, ‘finta’ and why it is impossible not to love Joaquín at Real Betis | Sid Lowe

Ask the Spanish about Joaquín and they’ll remember the jokes, the dances, the stories. But there’s more to him than thatYou must be Joaquín, they said, and he was: unique, no one quite like him, a cheeky scamp with a glint in his eye, a grin on his fac…

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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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Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award?

Peter Barnes was the last City player to win the award. Who deserves it more this season: Raheem Sterling or Leroy Sané?By Martin Laurence for WhoScored, part of the Sport NetworkThe votes for the PFA Player of the Year awards have been cast and the od…

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Fernando Torres will leave Atlético at end of season ‘to step aside for others’

• ‘It’s difficult to say goodbye for second time; I wanted to retire here’• ‘I am in good shape and I will look elsewhere for games’The Atlético Madrid forward Fernando Torres plans to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season t…

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Levante go wild after breathless win drops rivals off edge of La Liga cliff

Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruña will almost certainly be relegated after Paco López returned to his boyhood club to mastermind their stunning surge towards safety“Keep calm,” Levante’s manager, Paco López, said but he knew better than anyone…

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Madrid derby drawn as Real and Atlético finish with a goal apiece

“Neither of us can compete to win the league,” the Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, said. If it was true before the game when he said it, it is even more true after it. A 1-1 draw, secured with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Greizman…

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Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid: La Liga – live!

Live updates from the Madrid derby (KO 3.15pm BST)Zidane insists Real Madrid’s derby with Atlético still mattersEmail or tweet Nick your thoughts 3.07pm BST And if we’re talking goals … anyone fancy another showstopper from Cristiano Ronaldo? It wasn…

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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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Real Mallorca v Atlético Baleares: the derby that disappeared for 37 years

Following their trip to the Galicia derby, Copa90 set sail to Majorca to attend an unlikely meeting between old rivalsA short film by Copa90, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkSomething unusual happened in the Balearic Islands earlier this season. For …

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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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Gareth Bale scores twice in Ronaldo-less Real’s stroll past Las Palmas

• Karim Benzema also scores in 3-0 win in Canaries• Real rest six including Cristiano Ronaldo before Juventus tieReal Madrid eased to a 3-0 La Liga win over Las Palmas with two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Karim Benzema, despite missing six regu…

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Celta Vigo v Deportivo: the Galician derby, where rival fans sing together

For their new Derby Days documentary, Copa90 went to Galicia to meet two groups of supporters who are united by language, heritage and weather but cannot agree about footballSometimes it can feel as if the only Spanish fixture the wider world really ca…

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Inside Real Madrid’s academy: ‘Only a certain type of person succeeds here’

Real Madrid are happy to break the world transfer record but they have also invested €100m in building an academy they call ‘the greatest sports facility ever built by a football club’By Alex Clapham for Caño Football of the Sport NetworkThe scores wer…

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Game over in La Liga: Atlético’s title hopes fade in league that stands still | Sid Lowe

Atlético’s 2-1 defeat at Villarreal means Barcelona are likely to be crowned champions of a league in which the same old faces have occupied the same old places for quite some timeAnd so it ends? If, that is, it hadn’t already – and if it ever really s…

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Lionel Messi on target again as Barcelona ease past Athletic Bilbao

• Argentinian scores for sixth game running as leaders win 2-0• Messi takes his goal total for the campaign to 38Lionel Messi scored for the sixth consecutive game as Barcelona tightened their grip in the title race with a 2-0 La Liga win against …