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Karim Benzema ensures Real Madrid sink Espanyol despite Mendy red card

Real Madrid kept the pressure on Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol at the Bernabéu. Goals from Raphaël Varane and Karim Benzema secured Zinedine Zidane’s side a fourth straight league win, despite Ferland Mendy’s late dis…

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Aubameyang to Inter or Real Madrid?

Today’s fluff has got numerous layers onIt has not taken long for the vultures to start circling around Arsenal. With the club’s players sitting battered and bruised on the roadside as they wait to see who, if anyone, can be persuaded into trying to ma…

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Dani Carvajal’s late winner puts Real Madrid on top of La Liga

• Defender scores scrappy winner at Alavés• Real move ahead of Barcelona at the topReal Madrid earned a spirited 2-1 win at Alavés with a scrappy late goal from the defender Dani Carvajal. Real’s captain, Sergio Ramos, put the visitors in front by head…

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Pablo Sarabia completes late PSG comeback after Benzema double for Real

There were seven minutes to go when Pablo Sarabia smashed the ball into the net and this stadium fell silent. Two goals in two minutes and virtually their only two attacks in the whole of the second half had seen Paris Saint-Germain come from two down …

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Javier Tebas: the clásico must always be for people in Asia or the US

La Liga’s president wants Spain’s top division to become the most popular in the world and says the scheduling of games between Barcelona and Real Madrid is key to that“We broke the traditions of football in Spain,” Javier Tebas says in a manner so mat…

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Gareth Bale cameo wins back some hearts as Real Madrid come out on top

Gareth Bale came on, got whistled and helped make a goal, in that order. There was no forgiveness, although some of the anger slowly subsided, but there was football – and that is something. The Welshman made his first appearance for Real Madrid for se…

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Arturo Vidal strikes to complete Barcelona’s comeback win at Leganés

• Luis Suárez also on target for table-topping champions• Real Madrid could go level on points with win over SociedadBarcelona came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory at La Liga’s basement club Leganés as the substitute Arturo Vidal struck a scrappy l…

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What makes José Mourinho special? Former players give Spurs an insight | Fabrizio Romano

José Mourinho had plenty of success at Porto, Internazionale and Real Madrid and players who worked for him at those clubs reveal just how demanding the Portuguese manager can beJosé Mourinho is sincere, clear and says things to your face. He always ge…

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‘There is a lot of noise over Gareth’: Zidane happy Bale’s back at Real Madrid

• Manager backs Wales forward after criticism over flag• ‘There are a lot of comments outside but I’m not interested’Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has insisted that Gareth Bale remains part of his plans, despite the fallout that followed him cele…

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From Vardy to Lewandowski, vintage traditional No 9s are thriving again

The modern game was supposed to have left such centre-forwards behind, so why are they topping the scoring charts?Ever since Hungary swaggered into Wembley in 1953, deploying Nandor Hidegkuti as a “false nine” and shattering England’s superiority compl…

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Gareth Bale and that ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ flag: Real are not amused

The banner is a laugh. And yet, importantly, the Welshman surely knows that most in Madrid won’t find it funnyIt was Pedja Mijatovic who started it. One night on the radio, the former Real Madrid player and sporting director said he hadn’t spoken to Ga…

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Football quiz: José Mourinho v Tottenham Hotspur

Mourinho has won more games against Spurs than any other club. Can you remember his victories, defeats and moans?What happened the last time José Mourinho led out a team against Tottenham?He suffered the biggest home defeat of his whole career He won h…

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European roundup: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top as Real chase

• Messi levels Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 34 trebles in La Liga• Inter comeback from 1-0 down to beat Verona at homeLionel Messi scored two exquisite free-kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo that took Ba…

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European roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Juventus as Real Madrid hit five

• Late penalty seals 2-1 win over Genoa for Serie A leaders• Luka Jovic scores his first Real Madrid goal against LeganesCristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus when his penalty delivered a barely-deserved 2-1 win over Genoa at the Allianz Stadium.Juventus …

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Telling Gareth Bale that Johnson is PM took away banterpocalypse’s sole survivor | Marina Hyde

The Real Madrid forward had been blissfully unaware that Boris Johnson was running the UK – but now the country has blown a prime cloning opportunity to reclaim its lost innocenceWhy did they do it? What honestly possessed the newspaper journalist who …

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Manchester City interested in Fabián Ruiz but face Barcelona and Real battle

• City to watch Napoli’s 23-year-old Spaniard against Salzburg• Barcelona and Real Madrid also monitoring situationManchester City are stepping up their pursuit of Napoli’s Fabián Ruiz and are sending a scout to the Champions League game against Salzbu…

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Barcelona and Real Madrid agree 18 December date for rescheduled clásico

•Saturday’s match postponed due to fears over political unrest•New fixture slot was date Barça proposed a week agoThe first clásico of the season between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been rescheduled for 18 December.Barça were initially due to host th…

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Barcelona v Real Madrid called off following unrest in Catalonia

• First clásico of the season had been set for 26 October• New date for game will have to be agreed by MondayReal Madrid and Barcelona will not meet on 26 October after the first clásico of the Spanish league season was postponed, just eight days befor…

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La Liga calls for upcoming Clásico to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid

Match due to be held at Camp Nou on 26 OctoberLeague cites ‘exceptional circumstances’ for pleaLa Liga has asked that this month’s Clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid be moved to the capital amid growing protests in Catalonia. Nine Catalan separa…

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Football transfer rumours: James Maddison to Real Madrid for £80m?

Today’s fluff has grown an 8ft sunflower and named it SimonEd Woodward is a big dog, and big dogs know to throw money at a problem. Identifying that problem can prove tricky though. After watching Manchester United score 19 goals in their last 19 games…