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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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Luis Suárez helps sink Valencia as Barcelona set 39-game unbeaten record

Barcelona responded to their shock Champions League elimination to Roma by beating Valencia 2-1 on Saturday in a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou, setting a La Liga record of 39 games unbeaten and taking themselves a step closer to another title.Luis…

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Valencia all but back in Champions League as hard graft pays off | Sid Lowe

It may be only two years since the club were last in Europe’s premier contest but it feels like a watershed as a return looms“They’re all talking about that long run in the dressing room,” Gabriel Paulista said. It had been 14 years, after all. On Satu…

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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: Neymar injured and Griezmann scores Atlético hat-trick

• Neymar taken off on stretcher against Marseille• Milan beat Roma 2-0 with impressive showNeymar was carried off on a stretcher in Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 game against Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night. The world’s most expensive pl…

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Understated Eibar continue to show size doesn’t always matter | Sid Lowe

Only Barcelona and Atlético can match Eibar’s results over the last three months as another unlikely run at Europe continuesIván Ramis took off his shirt and put his hat on, a flat red porkpie perched on his head as he stood in the corner of Butarque w…

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Philippe Coutinho scores first Barcelona goal in Copa del Rey win at Valencia

• Valencia 0-2 Barcelona (0-3 agg)• Brazilian off the mark as Barça set up final against SevillaPhilippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Barcelona as they completed victory over Valencia in their Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday.The former Liverp…

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Andreas Pereira: ‘Alex Ferguson said hi in Portuguese. I didn’t expect that’

Manchester United’s young Brazilian, on loan at Valencia and preparing to face Barcelona, talks about his hopes of impressing José Mourinho“Bom dia.” It was only two words and it was not exactly poetry, but it was enough. Andreas Pereira was being show…

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European roundup: Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid sink Valencia

• Madrid bounce back from Copa del Rey defeat with a 4-1 win• Bayern survive early scare against Hoffenheim to win 5-2Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as stumbling Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at …

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin set for £12m move to Valencia

• French midfielder primed for move to the club sitting third in La Liga• Departure a further indication that Jack Wilshere will stay at ArsenalFrancis Coquelin is primed to join Valencia from Arsenal for £12m. The defensive midfielder’s opportunities …

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European roundup: Benevento win again and Immobile scores four for Lazio

Two goals from Coda and a Brignola earn 3-2 win against SampdoriaTorino bounce back with 3-0 win against BolognaSerie A’s bottom club Benevento started the new year as they finished the last one by picking up their second win in as many games. They def…

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José Bordalás brings life to Getafe as intense approach reaps rewards | Sid Lowe

A little over a year ago, Getafe, were second bottom … of the second division. After handing Valencia their first loss, they’re two points off a European spot“He calls in the defenders first: breaks a TV. He calls in the midfielders and he breaks a lig…

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Valencia honour legendary president by pushing Barcelona all the way | Sid Lowe

Standing there at Mestalla, it no longer felt impossible for them to compete to be champions for the first time since the late Jaume Ortí wore an orange wigRodrigo Moreno sprinted towards the near post, slotted the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen and d…

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Barcelona draw in Valencia after Lionel Messi controversially denied clear goal

• Argentinian’s shot clearly crossed the line but not given by officials• Serie A: Napoli return to top of the table with win over UdineseLionel Messi was controversially denied a perfectly good goal as La Liga pacesetters Barcelona hit back to earn a …

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Valencia v Barcelona: La Liga – live!

La Liga latest as first visits second in a summit showdown at MestallaLionel Messi signs new Barcelona deal to run until 2021And feel free to email Will or tweet your thoughts @Will_Unwin 7.19pm GMT I mock Vermaelen, but…0 – Barcelona have not lost a…

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Marcelino’s starvation treatment steering Valencia out of their lean years | Sid Lowe

Valencia have changed everything from their players’ diets to the players themselves, and the revolution at the club has sent them second from topValencia’s players were hungry. It was two years since they’d had a decent run of results and it felt almo…

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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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Valencia’s draw against Real Madrid show Marcelino’s methods are working | Sid Lowe

Harmony has broken out on and off the pitch, so much so that their coach referred to Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the Bernabéu as a ‘lovely spectacle’

“Every time you looked left and the men in white attacked, you thought: ‘We could lose this,’” said the Valencia coach, Marcelino García Toral. “But every time you looked right, my good side, and we attacked, there were real chances to score.” So Marcelino looked left, right and back again while behind him everyone in the Santiago Bernabéu stand did the same, accelerating to the end. Left, where Neto pushed Karim Benzema’s header against the post on 92.38; right, where Simone Zaza wriggled into the area on 93.22, the winner there before him until, suddenly, Casemiro was too; and left again, where the was one last attack in a game full of them, Real Madrid v Valencia had become next goal wins but somehow the next goal never came. They played on past midnight until, eventually, it ended 2-2.

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Real Madrid v Valencia: La Liga – live!

9.04pm BST

“Nuestros (plural, agrees with noun in both gender and number) equipos,” chides David Bolam.

I wondered about that, my Spanish being non-existent. Thank you.

8.57pm BST

Whenever I see Getafe written down, I think of this.

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