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Jack Harper: ‘When I was at Real Madrid people asked if I was actually Scottish’

The Malága striker on his family’s remarkable journey to Spain, training with Cristiano Ronaldo and his hopes for a full Scotland call-up despite the frustration of being dropped by the U19sThe Harpers had been on the road for 21 days when the engine f…

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The forwards whose new year’s resolution should be to score goals

Simone Zaza has taken 26 shots since he last scored. Wilfried Zaha has taken 31. Sandro Ramírez should look away nowBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredA new year is a time for a new start. A few Premier League strikers took the spirit of new year’s resolu…

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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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Valencia close gap on Real to one point in La Liga after Athletic Bilbao draw

• Athletic grab equaliser after Aduriz misses spot kick• Sevilla bounce back with victory at rock-bottom MalagaFourth-placed Valencia are a point behind Real Madrid in La Liga after drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.Los Che were on course t…

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European roundup: Ronaldo rescues Real Madrid with winner against Málaga

• Real Madrid beat Málaga 3-2 leaving them seven points behind Barcelona• Madrid bounce back from last week’s bore draw with AtléticoCristiano Ronaldo struck from the rebound after his penalty was saved by Roberto Jiménez to give Real Madrid a 3-2 vict…

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Gerard Deulofeu fires his first Barcelona goal to spark win over Málaga

Barcelona maintained their four-point lead at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 win over the bottom club Málaga at the Camp Nou, where Gerard Deulofeu’s early goal should have been ruled out.Second-placed Valencia had closed the gap by thumping Sevilla 4-0…

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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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Everton sign Sandro Ramírez from Málaga to take summer spend to over £60m

• Spain Under-21 striker joins for international buy-out clause of £5.3m
• Málaga player becomes Ronald Koeman’s fifth summer signing

Everton have signed the striker Sandro Ramírez from Málaga for €6m (£5.3m). The fee represents the Spain Under-21 international’s buyout clause.

Sandro, who played for Barcelona before joining Málaga last year, was on international duty at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland and scored in Spain’s 3-1 win over Portugal last week.

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Cristiano Ronaldo sets ball rolling at Málaga and Real Madrid canter to title

Real Madrid’s fans gathered at the fountain of Cibeles, celebrating before their team had even finished playing at Rosaleda. Those who were in Málaga celebrated too, singing their way through the final minutes. There was to be no drama on the final day and no late twist, just a first league title in five years. An early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo set Madrid on their way as they eased towards a 2-0 victory that might yet be the first step towards a domestic and European double that has eluded them for 59 years.

Madrid had gone into the final day knowing that a single point would be sufficient; the surprise was that for much of the night it appeared even a defeat would have been enough, with news coming through that Barcelona were trailing at the Camp Nou. The Catalans eventually came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 but theirs was an empty victory. Madrid’s was a comfortable one, no space for a surprise. It was over almost as soon as it had begun – if there had ever really been a chance.

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Cristiano Ronaldo sets ball rolling at Málaga and Real Madrid canter to title

Real Madrid’s fans gathered at the fountain of Cibeles, celebrating before their team had even finished playing at Rosaleda. Those who were in Málaga celebrated too, singing their way through the final minutes. There was to be no drama on the final day and no late twist, just a first league title in five years. An early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo set Madrid on their way as they eased towards a 2-0 victory that might yet be the first step towards a domestic and European double that has eluded them for 59 years.

Madrid had gone into the final day knowing that a single point would be sufficient; the surprise was that for much of the night it appeared even a defeat would have been enough, with news coming through that Barcelona were trailing at the Camp Nou. The Catalans eventually came back from 2-0 down to win 4-2 but theirs was an empty victory. Madrid’s was a comfortable one, no space for a surprise. It was over almost as soon as it had begun – if there had ever really been a chance.

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Málaga v Real Madrid: La Liga finale – live!

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That Real Madrid bench though? It would make some 7-a-side team. A big part of why they have been able to shine on two fronts this season – despite several key injuries – is that strength in depth. Lucas Vázquez, Mateo Kovacic, Álvaro Morata and James Rodríguez have all made important impacts both starting and from the bench, and Marco Asensio has emerged and is clearly a special talent.

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So neither Gareth Bale nor Dani Carvajal have made the Real Madrid squad despite training this week. They will be in the stands as Zidane has brought his whole squad to this one, which is either a show of confidence or tempting fate. Isco is preferred to James Rodríguez in the front three.

Málaga are fronted by a graduate from Barcelona’s La Masia academy, Sandro Ramírez, who has 14 league goals this season. He said earlier this week: “I really hope I can score a goal and give Barça the league. I really hope that this dream comes true. I owe them everything.” A sub-plot waiting to happen.

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Barcelona to report Málaga president over ‘scum of Catalonia’ comment

• Abdullah al-Thani’s tweet also accused Barcelona of telling lies
• Club says comments ‘violate the principles of fair play, ethics and legality’

Barcelona have said they will report Málaga’s president, Abdullah al-Thani, to the national sports council, Spanish football federation and La Liga for comments made about them on social media.

The row erupted after a Barcelona fan sent a message to Thani on Twitter asking if Málaga could do them a favour in the title race and beat Real Madrid when the sides meet on the final day of the season.

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Neymar sees red as Barcelona pass up top spot with shock defeat to Málaga

Barcelona failed to overtake the La Liga leaders, Real Madrid, as they were beaten 2-0 by Málaga and had their Brazil forward Neymar sent off.

Antoine Griezmann had scored a late equaliser as Atlético Madrid secured a 1-1 draw away at their city rivals earlier in the day, which gave Barcelona the chance to leapfrog them at the top of the table.

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Neymar sees red as Barcelona pass up top spot with shock defeat to Málaga

Barcelona failed to overtake the La Liga leaders, Real Madrid, as they were beaten 2-0 by Málaga and had their Brazil forward Neymar sent off.

Antoine Griezmann had scored a late equaliser as Atlético Madrid secured a 1-1 draw away at their city rivals earlier in the day, which gave Barcelona the chance to leapfrog them at the top of the table.

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From Istanbul to the Etihad: eight of the most exciting Champions League games | Nick Ames

It was raining goals in Manchester on Tuesday but where does City’s 5-3 win over Monaco stand alongside other great Champions League nights?

Dynamo Kyiv’s wonderful team of the late 1990s deserved a Champions League final – but on a pulsating night at a packed Olympiyskiy they threw away the best chance they would ever have. It was exquisite fare for much of the evening and, when Andriy Shevchenko squeezed in his second goal of the night two minutes before half-time, seemed to be going precisely as the old master Valeriy Lobanovskiy had designed. Moments later Michael Tarnat’s daisycutter of a free-kick restored some doubt but Vitaliy Kosovskiy’s 50th-minute goal – capitalising on some sloppy defending – suggested Dynamo would cut loose. But this was an excellent Bayern side and they fought back with two goals in a frantic last 12 minutes. First Stefan Effenberg curled Bayern’s second successful set-piece of the night inside the near post; then Carsten Jancker poked out a leg for 3-3. You feared it might be decisive, and Bayern went on to make sure by winning the second leg 1-0.

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Lionel Messi rescues Barcelona with late equaliser against Villarreal

• Luis Enrique’s champions slip five points behind leaders Real Madrid
• Athletic Bilbao draw with Alavés, Real Betis beat Leganes

Barcelona resumed their La Liga campaign after the winter break with a disappointing 1-1 draw at Villarreal, leaving Luis Enrique’s champions five points behind the in-form leaders, Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane’s side equalled Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by swatting aside Granada 5-0 on Saturday.

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Barcelona fail to fire without Messi and Suárez against nine-man Málaga

Barcelona dearly missed Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez as the La Liga champions were held to a goalless draw at home to nine-man Málaga yesterday, missing the chance to go top of the La Liga table.

Messi was taken ill before the game while Suárez, joint-top scorer in La Liga along with the Argentinian, was suspended. Andrés Iniesta was also injured and Luis Enrique’s side were incapable of prising open a Málaga side happy to sit back and soak up pressure.

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Kévin Gameiro strikes double for Atlético Madrid to keep Málaga at bay

Kévin Gameiro and Yannick Carrasco scored two goals apiece against Málaga to fire Atlético Madrid to second place in La Liga and keep the pressure on rivals Real Madrid.

Belgian winger Carrasco put Diego Simeone’s side in front after just seven minutes before Gameiro made it 2-0 on 24 minutes.

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Atlético’s traffic control system proves decisive with Gabi at the wheel | Sid Lowe

Who was giving and receiving orders was not clear but switching the Atlético captain to the Diego Simeone-less bench after half-time was a masterstroke

Just before every game at the Vicente Calderón, high in the main stand where you can see the Almudena cathedral as well as you can see the players, they helpfully hand out two team sheets with the day’s line-ups: one for the pitch and one for the palco, the directors’ box where everybody’s called Don and everything goes on.

Including, this weekend, the decision that might have changed their destiny. It helps to know that Óliver Torres is in and Fernando Torres isn’t, after all; that Jesús Gámez starts at the back and Antoine Griezmann starts on the bench; that joining the presidents of Atlético Madrid and Rayo Vallecano is a secretary of state for something or other; and that the ambassadors are here from Romania, Albania and Belgium.

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Diego Simeone handed three-game touchline ban for Atlético Madrid

• Coach punished after extra ball was thrown on against Málaga
• Argentinian in dugout for Champions League tie with Bayern

Diego Simeone has been handed a three-game touchline ban in La Liga following an incident last weekend when an extra ball was thrown on to the pitch during Atlético Madrid’s match at home against Málaga.

The coach will be in the dugout when his team take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night. But, as his side go neck and neck with Barcelona and Real Madrid in the promotion race, he will miss the remaining league games against Rayo Vallecano, Levante and Celta Vigo.

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