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Category: La Liga

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Oh. My. God. Messi, a hat-trick and a stadium left in suspended animation

The Barcelona forward was applauded by both sets of fans in the 4-1 victory over Betis – not because he scored three times, but because of how he scored“Truth is, I don’t remember anything like this,” Lionel Messi said but nor do they and their reactio…

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Lionel Messi’s spectacular hat-trick prompts Betis fans to chant his name

Barcelona forward lauded by opposition supporters‘I can’t remember that happening before,’ he saysAfter Lionel Messi scored a wonderful third goal to complete his 51st career hat-trick, Real Betis supporters did what only true fans can do when in the p…

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Real Betis v Barcelona: La Liga live!

Live updates from Benito Villamarín Stadium, kick-off 7.45pm (GMT)Champions League quarter-finals: tie-by-tie analysis and verdictFeel free to email Rob your thoughts 6.39pm GMT Real Betis (3-4-2-1) Pau Lopez; Mandi, Sidnei, Bartra; Tello, Lo Celso, Ca…

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European roundup: Genoa condemn Juventus to first Serie A defeat of season

Sturaro and Pandev give Genoa unlikely 2-0 victoryMonchi confirms return to Sevilla as sporting directorStefano Sturaro and Goran Pandev scored second-half goals to secure Genoa an unlikely 2-0 victory over Juventus, handing the Serie A leaders their f…

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European roundup: Marco Reus sends Dortmund top with nailbiting late show

• Dortmund beat 9-man Hertha Berlin 3-2 in stoppage time• Atlético Madrid’s misery worsens with 2-0 defeat in La LigaMarco Reus settled a five-goal thriller against 9-man Hertha Berlin in stoppage time at the Olympiastadion to lift Borussia Dortmund th…

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‘I feel at home here’: Zidane on first match back as Real Madrid coach – video

Gareth Bale and Isco both scored against Celta Vigo to give Zinedine Zidane a 2-0 victory  on his return to Real Madrid. Following the match, an overall ‘happy’ Zidane said ‘It’s an important result, even if the first part of the match we didn’t d…

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Gareth Bale goal helps Real Madrid past Celta Vigo in Zidane’s first game back

It had to be him. Dumped and disciplined, publicly accused of being out of shape, unprofessional and letting down his teammates, ostracised since October. On the day Zinedine Zidane returned Isco returned with him and scored the goal that set Real Madr…

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Zidane’s Real Madrid return was a masterstroke but he holds all the aces | Sid Lowe

The Frenchman’s return has ended the whiff of crisis in an instant, yet he must have had assurances to take the job again and now wields significant power at the BernabéuPfff, and the crisis was gone. Zinedine Zidane walked into the room at the Santiag…

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Zinedine Zidane responds to the call to save Real Madrid from darkness | Sid Lowe

With infighting rife, the man who brought Madrid such riches in Europe has made a remarkable return to the BernabéuDarkness descended on Real Madrid, the metaphor visiting them on a Sunday night in Valladolid, light not let in until the following eveni…

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Real Madrid’s unhappy birthday sees club with nothing left to play for

Defeat to Ajax ended a run of three Champions League wins, days after Copa del Rey and La Liga hopes evaporatedToday is 6 March, Real Madrid’s birthday, but there is nothing to celebrate. This week has been the worst in their 117-year history: three ho…

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Barça revel in Messi’s clásico stranglehold over Real Madrid

Two Bernabéu victories mean Barcelona now lead the head-to-head between the sides for the first time since 1932“Playing and winning here really turns me on,” Gerard Piqué said. When the final whistle went on Saturday night’s clásico, he led Barcelona’s…

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Ivan Rakitic goal earns victory for dominant Barcelona over Real Madrid

Barcelona returned to the Santiago Bernabéu three days after knocking Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey and effectively knocked them out of the league title race too. A single goal from Ivan Rakitic on 26 minutes was enough to do for their biggest ri…

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Real Madrid v Barcelona: El Clásico – live!

La Liga updates from the 7.45pm GMT game at the BernabéuBarney Ronay: Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs new settingAnd feel free to send your thoughts via email to Rob here 6.46pm GMT Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid, which is good news for this Barn…

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Gareth Bale’s bloodless brilliance needs rough edges and a new setting | Barney Ronay

The most successful British footballer of his era deserves better than the image of aloof corporate excellence he has exuded in Madrid, and still has time to add some deeper textureAt times it seems funny that we still call professional footballers “pl…

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The January signings who are proving big hits across Europe

The transfer window hasn’t changed much in the Premier League but some new signings are impressing on the continentBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA month after the January transfer window closed, one could almost forget it happened for most Premier Le…

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Reserve teams in the lower leagues? That idea doesn’t even work in Spain

Pep Guardiola says Premier League clubs should have reserve teams in the Championship, but his argument doesn’t hold upBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsPep Guardiola regularly suggests that English football should copy the B-team system he en…

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Getafe inch closer to making the unbelievable dream a reality | Sid Lowe

The tiny club for whom every defeat is a ‘death’ are in La Liga’s top four and, amazingly, they might actually stay thereDie meister, die besten, les grandes equipes, the Getafe?! You can almost hear the needle scratch, the eyeballs pop out and the jaw…

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European roundup: Messi hits hat-trick for Barcelona; Bayern Munich win

• Argentinian scores three as Barcelona beat Sevilla 4-2• Bayern go level on points with Borussia DortmundLionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick to fire Barcelona to a 4-2 win at Sevilla on Saturday after the champions had twice fallen behind, g…

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The in-form young footballers in 2019

Kylian Mbappé is making 2019 his own, but teenagers Jadon Sancho, Ibrahima Konaté and Nicolo Zaniolo are also thrivingBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredPeter Bosz’s arrival as Bayer Leverkusen head coach just before Christmas has had a galvanising effect…

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The five months in Italy that shaped Diego Simeone’s managerial career

Before Simeone took charge at Atlético Madrid, he kept Catania in Serie A – thanks in part to a great result against JuventusBy Greg Lea for These Football TimesIt is difficult to overstate Diego Simeone’s achievements as Atlético Madrid manager. When …