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It’s the Sids 2018! The complete review of the 2017-18 La Liga season

Barcelona cantered to the title but couldn’t go unbeaten, the Madrid clubs each landed a European trophy and Real Betis were the great entertainersAll that and in the end it came down to this … nothing. There were tears and plenty of emotion, Fernando …

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Real Betis manager Quique Setién: how to beat Real Madrid

One of the coaches to have defeated Zidane’s side this season advises Liverpool to keep the ball and warns of Madrid’s ‘anarchy’This Champions League final is a game that in theory should finish 4-4. It could be very entertaining for the fans, but perh…

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‘Seville’s Eurovision’ leaves both teams in Europe and everyone partying | Sid Lowe

The derby, one of the few matches of the penultimate weekend with anything riding on it, didn’t disappoint Betis’s bus made its way through a cloud of green smoke, while Sevilla’s passed the police cordon down the last, short stretch of empty street, t…

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An unmarked grave to hero status: the Irishman who saved Barcelona | Paul Doyle

Fergus Dowd, an IT systems analyst for Dublin, won the backing of Luís Figo, Roy Keane and a film director to help rescue from obscurity Patrick O’Connell and his exploits at BarcelonaLike absolutely no other middle-aged IT systems analysts from Dublin…

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Fun, ‘finta’ and why it is impossible not to love Joaquín at Real Betis | Sid Lowe

Ask the Spanish about Joaquín and they’ll remember the jokes, the dances, the stories. But there’s more to him than thatYou must be Joaquín, they said, and he was: unique, no one quite like him, a cheeky scamp with a glint in his eye, a grin on his fac…

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Alavés are performing another miracle with salvation in sight | Sid Lowe

It took until the sixth game for Alavés to win and by then two coaches had gone. Now survival in La Liga is within reachIn the words of one player, Abelardo Fernández is “an ordinary bloke” but he is doing extraordinary things, from revolution at the M…

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Real Betis v Real Madrid: La Liga – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the 7.45pm GMT kick-offValverde’s Barcelona balancing act turns crisis talk to treble talkYou can email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin to get in touch 7.15pm GMT Real Madrid are as long way off in the league this season. Sid Lo…

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Real Betis v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

All the latest from the evening kick-off at Estadio Benito VillamarínEvery January transfer from Europe’s top five leaguesEmail Will | or tweet @Will_Unwin 7.27pm GMT Ronaldinho retired this week. It’s probably worth remembering how good he was… 7.25…

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Real Betis crowned kings of Seville again after winning the wildest of all derbies | Sid Lowe

An incredible 5-3 win on Kings Night that will be remembered for years ended Sevilla’s unbeaten home run and sparked a Betis party that would run and runThere was a brief glint in the eye of everybody’s favourite cheeky scamp but for once he kept a str…

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Valencia resist battling Betis amid the ‘blessed madness’ | Sid Lowe

It’s hard to know where to start with Real Betis 3-6 Valencia, the game that was always likely to be fun but proved to be even more fantastic“I’m too old for this,” Marcelino said and he’s only 52. Three weeks ago the Valencia coach, who once got cramp…

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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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Real Betis keep their heads to leave Real Madrid assessing early-season damage | Sid Lowe

Thirty-five different teams over 73 games stretching back almost 18 months had tried and failed to stop Real Madrid scoring. Real Betis went one better

Manchester United couldn’t do it, Manchester City couldn’t do it and Bayern Munich couldn’t do it. Juventus couldn’t do it either. Nor could Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Sporting Lisbon. The other Sporting, from Gijón, couldn’t do it. They came from Mexico, Japan, Poland and Cyprus and failed too. Barcelona tried four times but they couldn’t do it. Sevilla and Atlético had five goes each. Nope, no good. Along came Valencia, Deportivo and Celta, Osasuna, Espanyol and Villarreal, but they couldn’t do it and nor could Las Palmas, Eibar, Athletic, Cultural, Granada, Málaga, Alavés or Leganés. Real Betis, on the other hand, could. In fact, on Wednesday night they only went and did something even better.

Thirty-five different teams from eight different countries had tried over 73 games and six competitions stretching back almost 18 months and none of them had stopped Real Madrid scoring, but Betis were almost there. There was still time for it to slip away, especially against the team with a thing for agonising late goals and they were nervous but they were near. It was 11.47pm and the scoreboard at the Santiago Bernabéu, like scoreboards everywhere, had stopped on 90 minutes – information denied when it’s most needed. Alongside, it read: Madrid 0-0 Betis. The board went up: five minutes, one last bugle call, a record awaiting, fans screaming at them to pour forward.

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Sergi Roberto seals Barcelona win over Real Betis in La Liga opener

Barcelona got off to a winning start in La Liga on Sunday, beating Real Betis 2-0 in a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou in the first game since terror attacks in the Catalan capital and the town of Cambrils.

The Betis defender Alin Tosca diverted a cross from the lively Gerard Deulofeu into his own net to put Barça ahead in the 36th minute, while the former Everton forward, who returned to his boyhood club this summer, also laid on the pass for the second goal which was smashed in by Sergi Roberto in the 39th.

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Barcelona v Real Betis: La Liga – live!

7.43pm BST

24 min This first moment of classic Barcelona football almost produces a typical Messi goal. Busquets roams out of his deeper role to work an intricate one-two with his captain before Messi bends a shot just wide from 18 yards.

7.40pm BST

21 min Not much is happening right now as Barcelona gently probe with very little joy. Betis will be pretty pleased; Setién seems to have got his team well organised.

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Sergio Ramos the Real Madrid saviour again as they scrape past Real Betis

Real Madrid’s irrepressible Sergio Ramos headed them to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Real Betis on Sunday as Zinedine Zidane’s side capitalised on Barcelona’s earlier defeat by Deportivo La Coruña to top the La Liga standings.

A calamitous own goal from Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas had given Betis the lead in the 25th minute, just after the Costa Rican escaped a possible red card.

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Real Madrid v Real Betis: La Liga – live!

7.16pm GMT

Betis, it must be said, do not have the best record against Madrid. Which is to say they haven’t beaten them since 2008, haven’t won at the Bernabeu since 1998 and Madrid have won three of their last four encounters by five goals. So, like we said, not the best.

6.39pm GMT

Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Rodriguez, Morata, Ronaldo. Subs: Casilla, Benzema, Casemiro, Kovacic, Lucas Vasquez, Asensio, Danilo.

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Nicolas Anelka’s return to the game with Roda raises wider political questions | Louise Taylor

Former France forward is not the first footballer to attract added scrutiny for his views on the world, a pattern which has been recently been repeated in the Bundesliga and La Liga

The ears of the club official sharpened when, unusually, the talk near the back of the plane turned to politics. A Premier League team were flying to the south coast and a senior midfielder had begun discussing Britain’s vexed relationship with Europe when a young player behind him inquired: “What’s the EU?”

Cue considerable hilarity, along with a vague sense of relief on the official’s part that football remained a largely current affairs-free zone, somehow sealed off from the wider geo-political issues of the day.

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Barcelona’s disallowed goal shows La Liga needs to embrace video technology | Sid Lowe

Although Real Betis, inspired by the enigmatic Dani Ceballos, took the game to Barça, a clear, ungiven goal for the champions could have title repercussions

Not so long ago Roger Federer visited Rafael Nadal in Mallorca, where they talked about playing an exhibition match. They weren’t much use for anything else any more, they joked, and as it turned out they couldn’t even do that. “I was on one leg and he had a wrist problem,” Federer said. Yet three months on, there they were walking out for the final of the Australian Open. Three hours, 37 minutes later Federer had won his first tennis Grand Slam in five years – the final, decisive point decided by technology. The ball was in, it showed. And so the title was his. “Roger deserved it more,” Nadal said.

Related: Luis Suárez saves a point for Barcelona in controversial Real Betis draw

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Barcelona’s disallowed goal shows La Liga needs to embrace video technology | Sid Lowe

Although Real Betis, inspired by the enigmatic Dani Ceballos, took the game to Barça, a clear, ungiven goal for the champions could have title repercussions

Not so long ago Roger Federer visited Rafael Nadal in Mallorca, where they talked about playing an exhibition match. They weren’t much use for anything else any more, they joked, and as it turned out they couldn’t even do that. “I was on one leg and he had a wrist problem,” Federer said. Yet three months on, there they were walking out for the final of the Australian Open. Three hours, 37 minutes later Federer had won his first tennis Grand Slam in five years – the final, decisive point decided by technology. The ball was in, it showed. And so the title was his. “Roger deserved it more,” Nadal said.

Related: Luis Suárez saves a point for Barcelona in controversial Real Betis draw

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Luis Suárez saves a point for Barcelona in controversial Real Betis draw

Barcelona’s title hopes were dented as they drew 1-1 at Real Betis, in a game shrouded in controversy after the La Liga champions were denied a goal despite the ball clearly crossing the line.

Álex Alegría gave Betis a deserved lead in the 75th minute after the home side had hit the woodwork twice in quick succession although Luis Suárez salvaged a point by arrowing home Lionel Messi’s through ball in the 90th.

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