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Valencia early show stuns Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday.

Italian striker Zaza had broken down in tears after scoring his first goal since May at the weekend, but showed his confidence is suddenly sky high with a brilliant volleyed finish to open the scoring.

Valencia early show stuns Real Madrid

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Madrid (AFP) – Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday.

Italian striker Zaza had broken down in tears after scoring his first goal since May at the weekend, but showed his confidence is suddenly sky high with a brilliant volleyed finish to open the scoring.

Bale sees silver lining in injury misery

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale hopes three tough months on the sidelines will have their recompense by helping Real Madrid’s bid for La Liga and Champions League glory and Wales’ hopes of reaching the World Cup.

Bale made an instant impact on his first taste of action for 88 days after damaging ankle ligaments as he fired home Madrid’s second in a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday just 13 minutes after coming off the bench.

Bale sees silver lining in injury misery

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale hopes three tough months on the sidelines will have their recompense by helping Real Madrid’s bid for La Liga and Champions League glory and Wales’ hopes of reaching the World Cup.

Bale made an instant impact on his first taste of action for 88 days after damaging ankle ligaments as he fired home Madrid’s second in a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday just 13 minutes after coming off the bench.

La Liga: Gareth Bale Returns From Injury To Net Fine Goal For Real Madrid v Espanyol (Video)

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Gareth Bale marked his return to action on Saturday with a fine goal in Real Madrid's 2-0 home win against Espanyol.

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Bale has been out of action for three months due to an ankle injury, but the Welsh superstar looked sharp in a cameo roleat the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Bale back with a bang as Real extend lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale made an instant impact on his return from injury as Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points with a 2-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

Bale had been sidelined three months and on his return took just 13 minutes to score as he swept home into the far corner after coming on as second-half substitute in a much changed Real line up.

Gareth Bale returns as Zidane holds other stars in reserve

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will make his return from a three-month injury layoff when Real Madrid host Espanyol on Saturday, coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday.

However, Zidane has handed a weekend off to a host of other key men as Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas were not included in the Frenchman’s 19-man squad.

Gareth Bale returns as Zidane holds other stars in reserve

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will make his return from a three-month injury layoff when Real Madrid host Espanyol on Saturday, coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday.

However, Zidane has handed a weekend off to a host of other key men as Luka Modric, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas were not included in the Frenchman’s 19-man squad.

Friday Kickoff: Ozil, Wenger, Bale and more

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Fallout continues from Arsenal's lopsided midweek loss while Real Madrid are about to see the return of one of the club's biggest stars.

Mesut Ozil's agent says the midfielder is being made the "scapegoat" of Arsenal's Champions League loss. (REPORT)

Arsene Wenger says he will manage next season, whether it be at Arsenal or somewhere else.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Real Madrid’s Rodriguez handed chance in Bale absence

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Madrid (AFP) – James Rodriguez was handed a rare chance to start on the big occasion after Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane resisted the Champions League temptation to rush back Gareth Bale after three months out with ankle ligament damage.

With Bale left out of the squad altogether, Rodriguez edged out Lucas Vazquez for a role on the right of the Madrid attack alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema for the last 16 first leg tie against Napoli.

Bale left out as Real Madrid aim to halt Maradona-backed Napoli

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has resisted the temptation to rush back a fit-again Gareth Bale for their Champions League clash on Wednesday against an on-form Napoli backed by Diego Maradona.

Bale returned to training for the first time since suffering ankle ligament damage in November on Sunday and has been left out of Zidane’s 19-man squad.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Fit-again Bale left out for Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Gareth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman wasn’t included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday.

Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November.

Cristiano Ronaldo injury scare ahead of Real’s Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo trained apart from the team on Monday just two days ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16 home leg against Napoli.

The Portuguese goal machine with a record 96 Champions League strikes to his name suffered a heavy tackle in a 3-1 win over Osasuna at the weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo injury scare ahead of Real’s Napoli clash

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo trained apart from the team on Monday just two days ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16 home leg against Napoli.

The Portuguese goal machine with a record 96 Champions League strikes to his name suffered a heavy tackle in a 3-1 win over Osasuna at the weekend.

Monday Kickoff: Ibrahimovic, Aguero, Bale and more

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The future of two of the Premier League's best strikers is in doubt while a former Premier League star is back in action.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says there's "nothing done yet" with regards to his future at Manchester United. (REPORT)

Pep Guardiola says he would like to keep Sergio Aguero at Manchester City but he is unsure of what will happen at the end of the season.

Bale back in Real Madrid training

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid received a boost ahead of the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Napoli on Wednesday as Gareth Bale returned to training on Sunday for the first time in three months.

Bale has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments in a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

No rush for Bale return, Real Madrid coach Zidane insists

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane believes he has no need to rush Gareth Bale back from a long-term ankle injury as the European champions extended their lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday.

Madrid saw off Real Sociedad 3-0 thanks to goals from Mateo Kovacic, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata to open up a four-point lead on Barcelona and Sevilla and with a game in hand over their title rivals to come.

Injury-hit Real wait on Cristiano Ronaldo for Cup comeback

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will shrug off a foot problem in time to lead the European champions' bid to overcome a Copa del Rey deficit at Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

Zidane's squad, down 2-1 from the quarter-final first leg at home, has been hit by a series of injuries with Marcelo and Luka Modric joining Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Dani Carvajal and Pepe on the sidelines after limping off in Saturday's 2-1 win over Malaga.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

Returning Iniesta on bench for El Clasico

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta was left on the bench for the visit of Real Madrid in El Clasico on Saturday on his return from two months out with a knee injury.

Barca coach Luis Enrique named the same side from last weekend's 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, despite describing that display as the worst of his tenure.

FIFA Announce Three-Man Shortlist For Best Player Award

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Interesting move by FIFA who have named their contenders for The Best FIFA Football Awards™. The winners will be crowned in Zurich on 9 January 2017.

The three nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid) and Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona).

El Clasico Infographic: Barcelona vs Real Madrid Key Stats, Possible Lineups and Records

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Barcelona v Real Madrid, often known as El Clasico, is not only one of the biggest footballing events, but one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Just behind the UEFA Champions League Final in terms of occasion, every edition of El Clasico is watched by record numbers, with Spanish football’s two heavyweights set to lock horns once again this Saturday at the Camp Nou – and Sportslens has created the perfect guide in the form of a packed infographic.

Bale undergoes ankle operation

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale underwent an operation on Tuesday in London on his injured ankle that will likely see him ruled out of action for two months.

"Our player Gareth Bale has successfully come through the operation he underwent today after suffering an injury to the peroneal tendons in his right ankle," the Spanish giants said in a statement.

Bale undergoes ankle operation

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale underwent an operation on Tuesday in London on his injured ankle that will likely see him ruled out of action for two months.

"Our player Gareth Bale has successfully come through the operation he underwent today after suffering an injury to the peroneal tendons in his right ankle," the Spanish giants said in a statement.

Devastating injury blow for Real Madrid, world class star ruled out for several weeks with injury

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Real Madrid have been dealt a devastating injury blow before next week’s El Clasico.

Los Blancos have confirmed that Gareth Bale is set to be sidelined for around three months with an ankle injury. The Wales international damaged his ankle during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon earlier this week.

Gareth Bale to undergo ankle operation, out for two months

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is to undergo an operation on his injured ankle that will likely see him ruled out of action for two months.

Bale was forced off just before the hour mark of Real's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday as the European champions secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for a record 20th consecutive season.

Bale to miss El Clasico due to ankle injury – reports

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale will miss his side's blockbuster clash with Barcelona next weekend due to an ankle injury, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

Bale was forced off just before the hour mark of Real's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday as the European champions secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for a record 20th consecutive season.

Bale to miss El Clasico due to ankle injury – reports

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale will miss his side's blockbuster clash with Barcelona next weekend due to an ankle injury, Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

Bale was forced off just before the hour mark of Real's 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday as the European champions secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for a record 20th consecutive season.

Bale suffers ankle injury in Real win

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona in La Liga as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury in the European champions 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

Bale suffers ankle injury in Real win

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona in La Liga as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury in the European champions 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

Real Madrid strike late to progress on Ronaldo’s homecoming

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Lisbon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo was lauded like a king of his return to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon, but Real Madrid showed no mercy in booking their place in the knockout stages for a 20th consecutive season with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.

However, victory came at a cost for the European champions as Gareth Bale limped off just before the hour mark with an ankle injury just 11 days before Real travel to face Barcelona in El Clasico.

Real Madrid’s Bale forced off with ankle injury

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Lisbon (AFP) Real Madrid suffered a huge injury scare just 11 days before facing Barcelona as Gareth Bale hobbled off with a right ankle injury just under an hour into their Champions League clash at Sporting Lisbon.

Bale has been in supreme form in recent weeks having tied his future to the European champions with a bumper contract extension to 2022.

3 To See: Manchester United vs. Arsenal team news, Der Klassiker and the Madrid derby

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Spain, Italy cruise as Wales held again

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Paris (AFP) Wales conceded an agonising late equaliser as Serbia battled to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday as forner champions Italy and Spain both won 4-0.

Earlier Saturday, the Republic of Ireland had stunned Austria 1-0 in Vienna and are top of Group D on 10 points, with Serbia second on eight and Wales third on six.

Messi reaches 500-goal mark, Bale keeps Madrid top

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Madrid (AFP) Lionel Messi, with his 500th Barcelona goal, and Luis Suarez saved the Spanish champions from a second defeat in six days as they came from behind to win 2-1 at Sevilla on Sunday.

Victory keeps Barca just two points adrift of Real Madrid, who were 3-0 victors over Leganes thanks to a double from Gareth Bale.

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‘Don’t Take Me Home’ – The Story Of Wales’ Giddy Run To Euro 2016 Semi-Finals Is Getting Big Screen Treatment

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As was surely inevitable at some stage, Wales' phantasmagorical waltz through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is getting the big screen treatment.

'Don't Take Me Home' named after *that* sodding chant will document the astoundingrun Chris Coleman's side enjoyed at the tournament in France: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, all that.

Wednesday Kickoff: Neymar, Bale, Sturridge and more

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One La Liga star remains the target of local authorities, while another is in danger of missing his team's biggest game due to injury.

Prosecutors in Spain are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a hefty fine for Neymar as punishment for the Brazilian star's allegedly corrupt transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

Wednesday Freedom Kicks: (Soccer) politics as usual

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Cristiano is Nike for life, Gordon replaces JoMo on the USMNT, Gareth Bale is up for Wales' best, and we take a look at USMNT v. Mexico through the captains...it's the Freedom Kicks!

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