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As if by magic … Santi Cazorla unveiled at Villarreal by a magician – video

The former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has been unveiled to Villarreal fans at the Estadio de la Cerámica. However, this was not your traditional ceremony with a few waves and a couple of keepy-ups. The Spaniard was revealed by a magician, appeari…

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Santi Cazorla: former Arsenal star on the comeback trail at Villarreal

Arsène Wenger described Cazorla’s injury as ‘the worst he’s seen’ but the midfielder is back after almost two yearsAt the end of the game, Santi Cazorla pushed down his bright yellow socks, hitched up the right leg of his shorts and took off his plain …

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Eintracht Frankfurt deny Bayern Munich the double in DFB-Pokal final

• Game was Eintracht manager’s last before taking over at Bayern• Real Madrid finish third in La Liga after draw with VillarealNiko Kovac left Eintracht Frankfurt the perfect parting gift with victory against his future employers Bayern Munich in the D…

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Sevilla resist Real Madrid fightback to stay in Europa League race

• Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury as Real lose 3-2 at Sevilla• Ousmane Dembélé hits double as Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary c…

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Sevilla resist Real Madrid fightback to stay in Europa League race

• Cristiano Ronaldo missing through injury as Real lose 3-2 at Sevilla• Ousmane Dembélé hits double as Barcelona thrash Villarreal 5-1Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary c…

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Game over in La Liga: Atlético’s title hopes fade in league that stands still | Sid Lowe

Atlético’s 2-1 defeat at Villarreal means Barcelona are likely to be crowned champions of a league in which the same old faces have occupied the same old places for quite some timeAnd so it ends? If, that is, it hadn’t already – and if it ever really s…

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Nineteen proves unlucky for disengaged Real Madrid as fatalism takes hold

Zinedine Zidane’s side have already dropped more points than in the whole of last season and they are 19 points behind Barcelona after Villarreal won at the Bernabéu for the first time – at their 19th attemptSergio Busquets probably felt like hiding be…

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Real Madrid stunned by Villarreal at Bernabéu as Pablo Fornals strikes late

Villarreal piled the pressure on under-fire Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane as they snatched a 1-0 win over the struggling La Liga champions at the Bernabéu.Real reached the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey – where they will face Leganes – in midwe…

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Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi on target as Barcelona get better of Villarreal

Barcelona restored their five-point lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Villarreal, who had Dani Raba sent off in the second half.Villarreal were holding on gamely at 0-0, having had the better of things for much of the first half, u…

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Neymar the inspiration as Barcelona beat Villarreal to keep up title pursuit

Barcelona’s formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar all scored as the champions beat Villarreal 4-1 to stay top of La Liga and keep the pressure on their title rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona top the standings with 84 points from 36 games, three ahead of Real who have played two matches fewer and visit already-relegated Granada later on Saturday.

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Neymar the inspiration as Barcelona beat Villarreal to keep up title pursuit

Barcelona’s formidable front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar all scored as the champions beat Villarreal 4-1 to stay top of La Liga and keep the pressure on their title rivals Real Madrid.

Barcelona top the standings with 84 points from 36 games, three ahead of Real who have played two matches fewer and visit already-relegated Granada later on Saturday.

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Gareth Bale on target as Real Madrid fightback to defeat Villarreal

Gareth Bale, starting a game for the first time since November, was on target as Real Madrid staged a late fightback to beat Villarreal 3-2 at El Madrigal after being 2-0 down, with all the goals coming in a hectic second-half.

The victory took Real back to the top of La Liga, a point ahead of Barcelona who had moved above them briefly on Sunday afternoon after a 2-1 win over Atlético Madrid at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.

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Gerard Piqué points finger as Villarreal push title out of Barcelona’s hands

The Barcelona defender appeared to remonstrate with the La Liga president after Bruno’s handball went unpunished, but the cracks were already showing before the draw at la Cerámica

“We had it in our hands,” Bruno Soriano said at the end of his team’s 1‑1 draw with Barcelona on Sunday, to which the most appropriate response, as it so often is with Villarreal’s captain, as it had been virtually all game, was probably: well played, sir. He’d delivered his line deadpan, like he delivers his passes, as if it didn’t matter but it did: calm, controlled, and accurate. You almost expected a wink but all you got was a smile, a glimmer of cheek, and that was coaxed from him.

It had been in their hands, all right; his, particularly. The night the Madrigal became the Estadio de la Cerámica; the Ceramic Stadium. Villarreal led from the 50th minute, heading for a first home win over Barcelona in 11 years, but an 89th-minute Leo Messi free kick prevented them marking the occasion with victory and maintaining their spot in the Champions League places.

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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 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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How George Saunders became the only British footballer in South America

When George Saunders’ parents swapped Islington for Spain the young footballer gave up his dream of playing for Arsenal, but a new adventure was just beginning

By Matt Stanger for The Set Pieces, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Being the only professional British footballer in South America might seem a daunting prospect for some but George Saunders isn’t fazed by the challenges of his unusual career path. “A lot of people are in the comfort zone but sometimes in life you’ve got to take a risk,” he says. “You never know what’s going to happen. I took a risk coming out to Colombia and now I’m living the dream.”

Saunders is the first Englishman to play in the Colombian top flight since the El Dorado era of the early 1950s, when a Fifa-imposed suspension on the league allowed clubs to sign players without having to pay transfer fees, thus enabling them to offer vastly increased wages.

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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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José Mourinho set to make Eric Bailly his first Manchester United signing

• Villarreal defender undergoes medical before move
• Leicester and Arsenal also interested in 22-year-old

José Mourinho is on the verge of making his first signing at Old Trafford after the Villarreal defender Eric Bailly underwent a medical at Manchester United.

The clubs have agreed a fee of around £25m plus add-ons for the 22-year-old Ivory Coast international who can play across the back four and, at 6ft 1in tall, has the physical prowess to prosper in the Premier League.

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Manchester United hopeful of signing Villarreal defender Eric Bailly

• Villarreal negotiating over structure of Bailly deal, which could rise to £30m
• 22-year-old has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Leicester

Manchester United are hopeful of completing the signing of the Villarreal defender Eric Bailly after agreeing to pay a fee that could reach up to £30m.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having agreed personal terms for a one-year contract at Old Trafford, José Mourinho’s attention has now turned to strengthening his central defence and Bailly is his primary target. United have offered around £15m up front for the Ivory Coast international but a number of performance-related clauses could see the eventual fee reach £30m.

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Jürgen Klopp praises Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool beat Villarreal – video

Jürgen Klopp praises striker Daniel Sturridge after Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Villarreal in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final. Daniel Sturridge also thanks the fans for their support, and says facing Sevilla in the final will be his biggest test at Liverpool

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