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Barcelona’s Braithwaite move shows up inequality of a broken system

Smaller teams can be broken up by another club’s bad luck and bad management, and without the chance to seek a fixBarcelona’s Great Big Striker Chase was so entertaining that they were given a second series. On Monday the club were handed the chance to…

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona given permission to sign Braithwaite?

Today’s whispers are floating down the wingIn today’s Absurd Football News, Barcelona have been given permission to sign a replacement for Ousmane Dembélé, a man so knacked by hamstring-twang that Barça players even took to the pitch at the weekend in …

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European roundup: Ashley Young notches assist on dramatic Inter debut

Ex-Manchester United winger supplies pinpoint cross for openerRadja Nainggolan equalises for Cagliari against parent clubInter Milan were held to a third successive 1-1 draw in Serie A after Radja Nainggolan, a player they loaned to Cagliari for this s…

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Aguirre sees out storm with Leganés and finds La Liga survival in sight

The clash of the bottom two in La Liga saw Javier Aguirre’s resurgent side overcome Espanyol – and Storm Fabien “This is the game,” Pablo Machín said but things weren’t going as planned, his weekend beginning badly and ending worse. Storm Fabien hit Sp…

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Flawed, dysfunctional Barcelona are top of La Liga but not very good | Sid Lowe

Abhorrent and filthy were among the words used to describe the win at Leganés – there is a reason Messi wanted NeymarBarcelona beat Leganés 2-1 at Butarque on Saturday afternoon and are top of the table. Undefeated, they also lead their Champions Leagu…

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Flawed, dysfunctional Barcelona are top of La Liga but not very good | Sid Lowe

Abhorrent and filthy were among the words used to describe the win at Leganés – there is a reason Messi wanted NeymarBarcelona beat Leganés 2-1 at Butarque on Saturday afternoon and are top of the table. Undefeated, they also lead their Champions Leagu…

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Barcelona v Leganés: La Liga – live!

Updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-off at Camp NouLive scores – follow all Sunday’s goals as they go inEmail John or tweet @JohnBrewin_ with your thoughts 7.31pm GMT A reminder that last week’s Copa del Rey win over Levante may not stand for Barcelona. R…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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Six teams, 11 hours, nine goals, and the ghost haunting a Saturday in Madrid

Barcelona finally shrugged off the ghost of Butarque but Atlético and Real had their own battles as La Liga’s threads all came together in Madrid“The Ghost of Butarque: that’s a good name for a novel,” Ernesto Valverde said. It was coming up to midnigh…

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‘Barça bad, Madrid worse’ – the night the underdogs bit back in La Liga

Leganés stunned Barcelona at Butarque before Sevilla smashed Real Madrid at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán – Wednesday night was one to remember in SpainThere are only two teams in Spain and both of them lost on Wednesday night.Barcelona manager Ernesto Val…

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Barcelona stunned by bottom side Leganés after Gerard Piqué blunder

Last-place Leganés came from behind to beat Barcelona and hand the defending La Liga champions their second setback in four days.Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring early, but the hosts rallied with goals in thee second-half minutes to earn their firs…

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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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From nowhere to conquerors of Madrid: Leganés continue their stunning rise | Sid Lowe

They train on a pitch surrounded by rubble but a Copa del Rey win over Real Madrid is the latest step on Leganés’s ride“It’s very noisy in there,” Asier Garitano said. It was Wednesday night and they were going wild in the Santiago Bernabéu dressing ro…

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Real Madrid dumped out of Copa del Rey by Leganes on away goals

• Gabriel Pires striker takes Leganes through on away goals• Pressure mounting on coach Zinedine ZidaneReal Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey quarter-finals after a shock 2-1 defeat by Leganés at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Wednesday.Pl…

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Last-minute penalty by Internazionale’s Mauro Icardi settles Milan derby

• Valencia beat Real Betis 6-3 and rise to second in La Liga table• Wolfsburg come from behind twice to draw at Bayer LeverkusenInternazionale snatched a dramatic 3-2 win over Milan thanks to a last-minute penalty from Mauro Icardi, who completed his h…

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A clásico like no other as Leganés and Getafe finally meet at La Liga’s top table

The two clubs, almost touching distance apart, had played a derby in every division except the top flight – but met on Friday for something special

“It’s a clásico that’s a little different to all the rest,” the captain said. Through the metal gate, a few home fans were standing by the bus wanting to catch a glimpse of the players before heading off quietly but most had already gone, standing to applaud at the end and departing soon after. Somewhere above him in one corner of the stand the away supporters were still there though, belting out their version of Bad Moon Rising – a couple of hundred of them bouncing about, palms hammering against the fence. A small line of policemen watched, while the ground staff tended to the turf. It was almost midnight, but the fans weren’t in a hurry: they’d waited a long, long time for this and they really didn’t have a long way to go home.

They may be two different towns but, apart from Betis and Sevilla, no two teams are closer than Leganés and Getafe anywhere in Spain. Nor, though, is there a derby that has come so far. Eight miles south of Madrid, it’s less than three miles from the Coliseum to Butarque, just visible over the other side of the Toledo motorway. They are two of the five towns that border the capital to the south (along with Alcorcón, Móstoles and Fuenlabrada, part of one mayor’s soon-forgotten big idea to join them together in The Great City of the South, which would have been the country’s third biggest with a population of just under a million people and endless industrial estates and trade parks) and Getafe and Leganés have always been rivals off the pitch and on it – just not on pitches like these.

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Sporting Gijón sent tumbling into the abyss by Deportivo and Leganés | Sid Lowe

Sporting’s relegation was all their own work, a result of institutional crisis, social divide and financial limitations. Survival, then, for Depor and Leganés

There were two minutes left on the penultimate night when Fernando Amorebieta approached the bench one last time. Any news? He would have heard if there was and deep down he knew what they were going to say, but he had to ask. By the touchline at Ipurua they waited, phones and radios at the ready, and the scene was repeated in the corner of the ground where 300 fans stood. On the pitch, their minds were drawn to San Mamés or El Madrigal, clinging to a hope they couldn’t see. This time, though, there was no miracle, no one riding to their rescue. “Anything?” Nothing. Time was slipping away and so were they. Sporting Gijón were on course for a second successive victory; they were also on course for the second division, their fate finally decided 50km west and 600km south.

On this given Sunday, at least. No fate but what you make – and Sporting’s relegation was their own work. Institutional crisis, social divide and financial limitations had brought them here, the “revolution” run aground, revealed as but a brief rebellion against their reality; they had never expected to get up to primera in the first place and had enjoyed two seasons there but now they were heading down again, just when they seemed to have been given the chance to secure a little stability, their very survival no longer in doubt; the club had been saved by the team, their coach insisting: “Let’s see if we can build a bit so we don’t have to suffer again.” Instead, they went down.

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Lionel Messi salvages win for Barcelona with late penalty against Leganés

Lionel Messi’s late penalty ensured a bedraggled Barcelona scraped a 2-1 victory over Leganés in La Liga at a divided Camp Nou as the champions looked as if they had still not recovered from their humiliating midweek defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.

Related: La Liga: Barcelona 2-1 Leganés – as it happened

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La Liga: Barcelona v Leganés – live!

7.15pm GMT

Some news: Christian Bassogog, who starred for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and in years gone by would have perhaps been sold to a La Liga biggie, has been flogged to the Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye, his club Aalborg confirmed a few minutes ago.

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Luis Enrique, unsurprisingly, says he is looking for an almighty reaction tonight after that 4-0 humiliation. OK, he didn’t say almighty. “The game against Leganés is a chance to see our reaction to what happened in Paris,” Enrique said at his pre-match press conference.

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La Liga: Barcelona v Leganés – live!

7.15pm GMT

Some news: Christian Bassogog, who starred for Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations, and in years gone by would have perhaps been sold to a La Liga biggie, has been flogged to the Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye, his club Aalborg confirmed a few minutes ago.

7.07pm GMT

Luis Enrique, unsurprisingly, says he is looking for an almighty reaction tonight after that 4-0 humiliation. OK, he didn’t say almighty. “The game against Leganés is a chance to see our reaction to what happened in Paris,” Enrique said at his pre-match press conference.

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