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Real Madrid suffer final day defeat to Real Betis with Gareth Bale stuck on the bench

• Gareth Bale an unused sub as Real Madrid suffer final-day defeat• Loren and Jesé give Real Betis a 2-0 win at the BernabeuLoren Morón and Jesé teamed up to hand Real Betis a famous victory at the Bernabeu as Real Madrid’s disappointing season ended w…

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Ten big games to watch this weekend in the European leagues

The Premier League has ended but there is still a lot at stake in Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Turkey and Italy By Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe Premier League has come to its conclusion, but there is plenty to play for across Europe. Here are …

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Antoine Griezmann’s exit may lead to summer exodus at Atlético Madrid | Sid Lowe

Forward follows Diego Godín out of the door and others may go too as the break up of Simeone’s successful side continuesAntoine Griezmann said goodbye to Diego Godín on Sunday and to everyone else three days later. Late on Tuesday night, a year after h…

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Antoine Griezmann announces shock departure from Atlético Madrid

Frenchman expected to join Barcelona for €125m (£108m)Forward tells Atléti fans: ‘I’ve made the decision to leave’Antoine Greizmann has announced that he has told Atlético Madrid of his intention to leave the club, opening the door for a €125m (£108m) …

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Twists, turns and tears for Girona on day of drama in La Liga survival fight

The tiny club need a miracle after an afternoon when everything happened at once at the bottom of the table“We dramatise it too much sometimes but that’s why so, so many people love it,” Paco López said. “Football is my passion: it moves me, and there’…

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Two down and one to go in La Liga as five battle to avoid the drop | Sid Lowe

Rayo Vallecano and Huesca have been relegated leaving Girona, Valladolid, Levante, Villarreal and Celta Vigo fighting to stay upIn the sunshine in the far corner, Rayo Vallecano’s supporters put their arms around each others’ shoulders and sang. At whi…

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Barcelona’s Josep Maria Bartomeu: ‘We’ll change the Champions League for the better’

Spanish club’s president wants more matches against Liverpool and Manchester United, three La Liga games a year in other countries and new rules on signing under-16sAccording to Josep Maria Bartomeu, the first thing visiting directors ask him when they…

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Barcelona make the extraordinary seem normal to wrap up another title | Sid Lowe

There was a sense of weakness when Valverde took over but successive La Liga titles have made Barça look untouchableNot long after their 2-0 victory in Vitoria late on Wednesday, with Barcelona four weeks from the finish and three points from the title…

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Bayern Munich escape with draw after Nürnberg’s late penalty miss

• Bundesliga title race to go to wire after surprise result• Real Madrid beaten by Rayo Vallecano 1-0Bayern Munich stumbled to a 1-1 draw at relegation-threatened Nürnberg on Sunday to leave the Bundesliga title race wide open with three games left in …

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Barcelona win La Liga title as Lionel Messi goal secures victory over Levante

• Catalans retain league with three matches to spare• Messi comes off the bench to earn win over strugglersLionel Messi fittingly sealed Barcelona’s 26th La Liga title on Saturday by coming off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 win over Levante…

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Fulham v Cardiff, Crystal Palace v Everton and more – live!

Updates from a pivotal afternoon’s actionYou can email Rob here with your thoughtsLive scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s matchesTitle race, promotion and relegation – what’s at stake 1.55pm BST There’s finally been a goal at the Tottenham Hotspur …

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Yes, Getafe really might be on their way to the Champions League | Sid Lowe

An unlikely dream of joining Europe’s elite were improved by a draw with Real but the fact they wanted more said muchThe first time anyone noticed Jaime Mata he was standing there half-naked and even then no one really cared for long. He was a galáctic…

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Euro roundup: De Ligt scores in Ajax win as Barcelona edge closer to title

• Barca beat Alavés 2-0, with Luis Suárez on scoresheet• Ajax move three points clear at top after 4-2 winBarcelona and Ajax both moved closer to winning their domestic league titles as they picked up morale-boosting victories before their Champions Le…

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Huesca and Rayo drag each other towards hell in theatre of the absurd | Sid Lowe

A frantic Russian roulette-style finale created madcap drama but the worst possible result for the relegation rivalsWith time and hope slipping away, the game changed. “There was nothing else for it,” said the Rayo Vallecano coach Paco Jémez, “so you g…

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European roundup: Niklas Süle winner boosts Bayern Munich’s title hopes

• Defender secures 1-0 victory to end Werder’s unbeaten run• Atlético defeat Eibar, while Barça play in La Liga’s late gameBayern Munich secured a 1-0 home victory over Werder Bremen to stay on course for a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Niklas …

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European roundup: Niklas Süle winner boosts Bayern Munich’s title hopes

• Defender secures 1-0 victory to end Werder’s unbeaten run• Atlético defeat Eibar, while Barça play in La Liga’s late gameBayern Munich secured a 1-0 home victory over Werder Bremen to stay on course for a seventh consecutive Bundesliga title. Niklas …

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Sevilla’s resurrection continues under Caparrós in the ‘holy derby’ | Sid Lowe

Exhilarating, passionate and very sevillano, Saturday’s derby saw Joaquín Caparrós oversee another triumph over BetisSomewhere in the middle of the smoke and the bodies, Sevilla’s bus began its 640-metre journey, slowly opening a path through the palms…

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Burnley v Cardiff, Juventus look to wrap up Serie A title and more – live!

Updates from Saturday’s afternoon kick-offsYou can email Simon here or tweet him hereLive scoreboard: the latest from Saturday’s matchesHow they stand: the latest league tables 1.54pm BST Juventus have named their starting line-up, which includes 17-ye…

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Atlético Madrid’s Diego Costa handed eight-match ban for insulting referee

• Costa sent off for dissent during defeat to Barcelona• Striker will miss rest of domestic seasonDiego Costa has been suspended for eight matches after insulting the referee during Atlético Madrid’s 2-0 defeat by Barcelona on Saturday. Related: Barcel…

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Barcelona pocket another league title while rivals scratch their heads

It was billed as the title decider, but Atlético Madrid were no match for the league leaders in a race now all but endedIt was half past 10 on 6 April, still six weeks and seven matches from the end of the season, when Barcelona’s fans started to sing …