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European roundup: Barça in 4-4 thriller while Juve’s Kean takes on racists

• Villarreal 4-4 Barcelona: last-gasp Luis Suárez rescues point• Cagliari 0-2 Juventus: Moises Kean scores after enduring abuseBarcelona’s Lionel Messi came off the bench to help the La Liga leaders battle back from 4-2 down in stoppage time to snatch …

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Can European football clubs’ claims about Asian fanbases be believed?

Premier League clubs say they have hundreds of millions of followers and Espanyol say 40m Chinese watched Wu’s debutEspanyol’s Chinese owner, Chen Yansheng, said in December that the best way to increase the club’s popularity in the world’s most populo…

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Meet the new Villarreal boss. Same as the old Villarreal boss | Sid Lowe

Slumping in La Liga, Villarreal have attempted to turn back time by re-hiring Javier Calleja 50 days after giving him the boot“I know it’s not normal, that it doesn’t feel right, but Fernando Roig does the opposite of everyone else,” Fernando Roig said…

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Santi Cazorla double stuns Real Madrid and earns Villarreal precious draw

Santi Cazorla’s first La Liga goals since 2012 stunned Real Madrid and stole struggling Villarreal a 2-2 draw at Estadio de la Cerámica.The former Arsenal midfielder struck twice – including an 82nd-minute equaliser – as Real slumped to an eighth leagu…

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Why Villarreal are starting to get that sinking feeling again | Sid Lowe

The Yellow Submarine are one of only six clubs whose salary limit is over €100m: they’re too good to go down. As in 2012Sergio Asenjo just sat there shaking his head. The goalkeeper who has suffered four cruciate knee ligament tears – three in his righ…

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Europa League: last 32 draw – live!

Updates and news from them the 12pm GMT drawChampions League draw: PSG for Mourinho, Liverpool face BayernSign up now for The Fiver, our free football emailFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 12.08pm GMT Sasic is asked how she thinks the G…

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Rangers hang on against Villarreal after red card for Daniel Candeias

Analysis of this game must always be tempered by the fact Rangers played the second half with 10 men. With that in mind, Villarreal will be upset with just a point. Their territorial dominance ultimately amounted to very little. Steven Gerrard thereby …

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Rangers v Villarreal: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offFollow live MBM updates on Chelsea v PAOK with Paul Doyle Any thoughts? You can email John | tweet @johnbrewin_ 7.29pm GMT Those wanting to roll back the years with Santi Cazorla will be made to wait; he i…

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Kyle Lafferty completes Rangers’ Europa fightback against Villarreal

Kyle Lafferty’s first European goal secured Rangers a point in their Europa League opener against Villarreal.Steven Gerrard’s team showed grit and endeavour, with Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno twice having put the La Liga side ahead. Scott Arfield sco…

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Villarreal v Rangers: Europa League – live!

• Europa League updates from the 5.55pm BST Group G game• Rangers without suspended Kyle Lafferty and Jon Flanagan• Feel free to email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 5.41pm BST On the off-chance that you are unaware of what a marvel it is that Santi Cazorla…

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Santi Cazorla: ‘Every time they sewed me up, it split again, more liquid’

The midfielder is starring for Villarreal after a horror injury ended his Arsenal career. He tells of being cut up and put together again, his feelings for his former club and how close he came to retiring“I’m a jigsaw puzzle,” Santi Cazorla says. Ther…

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Santi Cazorla: ‘Every time they sewed me up, it split again, more liquid’

The midfielder is starring for Villarreal after a horror injury ended his Arsenal career. He tells of being cut up and put together again, his feelings for his former club and how close he came to retiring“I’m a jigsaw puzzle,” Santi Cazorla says. Ther…

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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…