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The surprise packages of the season

Like an underdog story? Look no further than Sheffield United, Cagliari, Osasuna, Freiburg and AngersBy Martin Laurence for WhoScoredThe unpredictability of football was in evidence over the weekend as Manchester City, Juventus and Bayern Munich all dr…

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Osasuna film festival offers players a view to a thrill and unique bond | Sid Lowe

With not much money but spirit to burn, the club are using footage of fan power to drive their La Liga returnBack in the summer, when the recently promoted Osasuna were building a squad for their return to La Liga, they sent videos to the players they …

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Osasuna film festival offers players a view to a thrill and unique bond | Sid Lowe

With not much money but spirit to burn, the club are using footage of fan power to drive their La Liga returnBack in the summer, when the recently promoted Osasuna were building a squad for their return to La Liga, they sent videos to the players they …

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European roundup: Osasuna hold Barcelona despite teenage Fati’s record

• Ansu Fati, 16, becomes Barcelona’s youngest scorer in 2-2 draw• Union Berlin stun Borussia Dortmund for first Bundesliga winThe teenage sensation Ansu Fati scored his first Barcelona goal as the Spanish champions were denied victory by a late penalty…

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Barcelona v Osasuna: La Liga – live!

6.39pm BST

8 min: Solid defending by Steven to cut out a clipped pass towards Messi, who was coming in at the back post.

6.36pm BST

6 min: Osasuna enter Barça’s half. They squat there for up to 20 seconds before losing possession.

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Osasuna on their way out of La Liga after a miracle too far | Sid Lowe

Unexpected promotion meant Osasuna were always going to struggle in La Liga this season. Now, with 12 games still to go, that struggle seems over

Enrique Martín Monreal was in Madrid when his club called, the phone ringing as he headed back to the hotel from an awards ceremony held by Marca in early November. He hadn’t won – the award for the second division’s best manager in 2015-16 went to Leganés’s Asier Garitano – but he had been a candidate, having unexpectedly brought Osasuna back up to primera, and that was quite something. Besides, he was there representing the club and in the absence of the president, Luis Sabalza, who had a cold, there could be no one better. Represent the club? For many, especially in the stands at El Sadar, Enrique Martín was the club.

Gravelly-voiced and potty-mouthed, attitudes and hair from a different era, emotional and earthy, famous for tackling a player as he went up the touchline, there’s something about Martín they identify with, and he identifies with them. “I was born an Osasuna fan and I’ll be an Osasuna fan the day I snuff it,” he once said. Born in Pamplona, he came through the youth system to the first team. Five years later, Real Madrid came for him but Osasuna refused to sell, not least because fans wouldn’t let them, and he stayed for 11 years, later becoming technical secretary, youth team coach, B team coach, and first team coach. Twice. In 1996-97, he saved them from relegation from the second division and in 2015-15, he did the same.

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Cristiano Ronaldo sets up hard-fought win for Real Madrid at Osasuna

Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga after winning a testing away match against Osasuna 3-1 on Saturday thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, the midfielder Isco and the substitute Lucas Vázquez.

Sergio León equalised Ronaldo’s 24th-minute opener in the 33rd minute after the defender Tano had been carried off with a double fracture of the leg.

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Lionel Messi at the double as Barcelona cruise to win over Osasuna

Barcelona put pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by picking up their first win in four league games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suárez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna on Saturday.

The La Liga champions missed a slew of chances in a dominant first-half display but their class eventually shone through when Suárez tapped Jordi Alba’s neat cutback into an empty net in the 52nd minute to break the deadlock.

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Lionel Messi at the double as Barcelona cruise to win over Osasuna

Barcelona put pressure on La Liga leaders Real Madrid by picking up their first win in four league games as two second-half strikes from Lionel Messi and one from Luis Suárez secured a 3-0 win at struggling Osasuna on Saturday.

The La Liga champions missed a slew of chances in a dominant first-half display but their class eventually shone through when Suárez tapped Jordi Alba’s neat cutback into an empty net in the 52nd minute to break the deadlock.

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Osasuna v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

9.40am GMT

It’s basically top meets bottom, only Barcelona are second, six points behind Zinedine Zidane’s indefatigable Real Madrid in La Liga. But this is a chance for Barça on the back of three straight draws in the league to impress, to trounce Osasuna and win the game good and proper, by a ridiculous goal margin. After all. that’s precisely what happened the last time the two teams met at Camp Nou two years ago, with Lionel Messi helping himself to a hat-trick.

“Barcelona are still Barça,” Neymar, who is suspended for Saturday’s match, said in the buildup to this one. “We have not changed our style and we want to win everything. We should not look at Madrid, but do our thing and in the end we will see.”

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Barcelona scrape draw to leave Gerard Piqué despondent before El Clasíco

• Barcelona draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad, now six points behind Real Madrid
• Atlético beat Osasuna 3-0, Alaves defeat Villarreal 2-0

A below-par Barcelona escaped with a point after Real Sociedad were denied a clear winner in a 1-1 draw.

At a stadium where Barça last won in 2007 Luis Enrique’s men were thoroughly outplayed and the result leaves them six points behind the leaders, Real Madrid, before next weekend’s El Clásico at the Camp Nou.

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La Liga roundup: Real Madrid break club record with win over Espanyol

• James Rodríguez scores in 16th consecutive league triumph
• Valencia lost at Athletic Bilbao to continue barren start

Real Madrid broke a club record as a fourth straight La Liga win of the campaign over Espanyol took them three points clear at the top.

Colombian playmaker James Rodríguez – who had been linked with a summer move away from the Estadio Bernabéu – marked his first start of the campaign with Real’s opener in a 2-0 victory, their 16th league triumph in a row to eclipse the previous best mark set in 1960-61.

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Alavés return from the abyss and rebel against reality to tame Barcelona | Sid Lowe

Despite having taken fewer than 100 of their fans to the Camp Nou, the players belied their status to make the club’s first win of the season one to treasure

Daniel Torres crossed the border barefooted. As he reached the white line, he slipped off his flip-flops and stepped on to the grass, where he began to walk around slowly and in silence, a mobile in his hand. In the stands were a few football fans who’d got there early and some bored-looking stewards; it was still a long time before kick-off, well over an hour until Torres would cross the line again, boots on. At the other end of the phone was his faith healer, Sandra Merino, reciting biblical verse. Joshua 1:3, Deuteronomy 11:24: “Every place upon which the sole of your foot treads will be yours.” Yeah, yeah, every place. Just not this place, surely. Not the Camp Nou.

Related: Alavés shock Barcelona through Deyverson and Ibai Gómez

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Cristiano Ronaldo leads rout of Osasuna as Real Madrid equal record

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his return from injury as Real Madrid thrashed promoted Osasuna 5-2 at the Bernabéu to equal the club’s 1960-61 record of 15 successive La Liga wins.

Ronaldo started the rout by knocking home an inviting cut-back from Gareth Bale in the sixth minute, with goals from Danilo and Sergio Ramos sending Madrid 3-0 up before the break. Pepe and Luka Modric were also on target before headers from Oriol Riera and David Garcia provided some consolation for the visitors, who saw Roberto Torres miss a 73rd-minute penalty and Cayetano Bonnín sent off in the 80th.

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Its the Sids 2014! The complete review of La Liga 2013-14

From a flashing backside distracting Diego Costa to Carlos Vela presenting a match ball to his dog, its time for the annual end-of-season Spanish football awards Continue reading…

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Fans injured at relegated Osasuna’s game with Real Betis

Sixty supporters treated on pitch after tumbling from stand Osasuna and Real Valladolid go down on final day Continue reading…

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Osasuna to go second

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Osasuna to go second

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid beat Osasuna to go second

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Barcelona 7-0 Osasuna | La Liga match report

• Barcelona 7-0 Osasuna
• Messi reaches 371 goals, surpassing Paulino Alcántara

Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick to surpass Paulino Alcántara’s record of 369 goals for Barcelona, as they warmed up for the Clásico with Real Madrid next weekend with a 7-0 victory over Osasuna that put them four points off the top of La Liga.

Barça knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League last Wednesday but went into the Osasuna clash on the back of two defeats from their past three league games. The Argentinian struck the opener after 18 minutes in a morale boosting victory for the Catalan side before the crunch game at the Bernabéu. Alexis Sánchez pounced to double the lead after 22 minutes and Andrés Iniesta hit a fine left-footed drive from 20 yards with little over half an hour gone.

Chances continued to come and go before Messi bagged another with a shot into the roof of the net from close range just after the hour before the substitute Cristian Tello scored with a powerful shot. Messi was given time in the area to add his third late on, his 18th of the season, and then he set-up Pedro to complete the rout in stoppage time.

The Brazilian Neymar was a surprise absentee from the starting line-up in a win that left Barça on 66 points from 28 matches, four behind Real and one behind Atlético Madrid who beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday.

Real Sociedad boosted their Champions League hopes as Imanol Agirretxe gave them a 1-0 win over Valencia which put them in fifth on 46 points.

It was their first win in three attempts and Valencia had more of the ball but they were missing their in-form striker Paco Alcacer through suspension and struggled to create chances.

Jonas did shoot wide for the visitors before the break but Agirretxe flicked a header into the top corner on the hour mark and Antoine Griezmann wasted the chance to give them a more comfortable win as he was denied by Diego Alves when through on goal.

Elsewhere Sevilla beat Valladolid 4-1 while Elche and Real Betis drew 0-0.

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