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Silva, Costa keep Spain in front of Italy in World Cup qualification

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Skopje (AFP) – Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

The two European giants remain locked on 16 points at the top of Group G of UEFA qualifying after Italy saw off Liechtenstein 5-0 in Udine.

Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

Griezmann eyes Atletico assault on Real’s title lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico Madrid can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real Madrid as Atletico go for a record fourth straight La Liga win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann scored the winner last season as Atletico became the first side to ever win away to Real in the league for three consecutive seasons.

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Silva, Costa keep Spain in front of Italy

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Skopje (AFP) – Spain kept their noses in front of Italy in the fight for automatic qualification for next year’s World Cup as David Silva and Diego Costa were on target in a 2-1 win in Macedonia on Sunday.

The two European giants remain locked on 16 points at the top of Group G of UEFA qualifying after Italy saw off Liechtenstein 5-0 in Udine.

Returning Real Madrid received as living ‘legends’

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans poured onto the streets of the Spanish capital to catch a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates on Sunday as they paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

Ronaldo sported a newly cropped haircut and he and captain Sergio Ramos led the traditional festivities for a major Real celebration as the players greeted local government dignitaries before parading the famous trophy in an open top bus around the Cibeles fountain in the city centre.

Ronaldo: Real Madrid’s boos make me miss United fans

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Cristiano Ronaldo still has his name sung on occasion by Manchester United fans inside Old Trafford, so well-loved was he when he was at the club.

At Real Madrid, their fans behave differently, leading Ronaldo to miss his time at United.

I spent a lot of years at Manchester United and it [home fans booing] never happened to me.

Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real past Atletico

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo struck a second successive Champions League hat-trick as holders Real Madrid thumped Atletico Madrid 3-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Portugal star powered in a 10th-minute header before netting twice more in the second half to floor Real’s city rivals.

Ronaldo defies Real boos to make it 101 not out

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo defied boos from Real Madrid’s infamously demanding fans to “demolish” Bayern Munich and set another personal milestone with 101 Champions League goals.

On a night of high drama and controversy at the Santiago Bernabeu the Portuguese striker once again dominated the headlines with a hat-trick to send the holders into the semi-finals for a record seventh straight year.

Five things to look out for in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to look out for in La Liga this weekend.

Barca begin life without Neymar

Barca’s season unravelled quickly in the past week as they lost at Malaga to fall three points behind Madrid, who also have a game in hand, at the top of the table and were then thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the Champions League.

Five things to look out for in La Liga

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Madrid (AFP) – Ahead of another Champions League salvage mission there is no room for error for Barcelona as they try to chase down Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to look out for in La Liga this weekend.

Barca begin life without Neymar

Barca’s season unravelled quickly in the past week as they lost at Malaga to fall three points behind Madrid, who also have a game in hand, at the top of the table and were then thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the Champions League.

Neymar sees red as Barca let Real Madrid off hook

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar was sent-off as Barcelona lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday.

Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neymar sees red as Barca let Real Madrid off hook

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar was sent-off as Barcelona lost further ground on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga in a shock 2-0 defeat to Malaga on Saturday.

Real are now three points clear and have a game in hand despite Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time snatching a 1-1 draw for Atletico Madrid earlier at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Griezmann halts Real Madrid’s title charge

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s classy finish five minutes from time dealt Real Madrid’s La Liga title chances a huge blow as Atletico Madrid rescued a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pepe’s towering header early in the second half looked to have Madrid heading five points clear at the top.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid predicted lineups, preview and TV times

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Real Madrid can tighten their stranglehold at the top of La Liga on Saturday, when they welcome city rivals Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu.

A 4-2 win over Leganes on Wednesday for Zinedine Zidane’s men keeps them two points clear of Barcelona having played a game less than their bitter enemies.

Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid predicted lineups, preview and TV times

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Real Madrid can tighten their stranglehold at the top of La Liga on Saturday, when they welcome city rivals Atletico Madrid to the Santiago Bernabeu.

A 4-2 win over Leganes on Wednesday for Zinedine Zidane’s men keeps them two points clear of Barcelona having played a game less than their bitter enemies.

Zidane predicts frenetic fortnight will judge Real Madrid’s season

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane knows a hitherto successful season will be quickly forgotten if his side blow their chances at a La Liga and Champions League double in the next two weeks.

Zidane’s men kick off a daunting 15-day stretch with the visit of Atletico Madrid on Saturday with Barcelona also to come to the Santiago Bernabeu on April 23 with a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in between times.

Zidane predicts frenetic fortnight will judge Real Madrid’s season

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane knows a hitherto successful season will be quickly forgotten if his side blow their chances at a La Liga and Champions League double in the next two weeks.

Zidane’s men kick off a daunting 15-day stretch with the visit of Atletico Madrid on Saturday with Barcelona also to come to the Santiago Bernabeu on April 23 with a two-legged Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich in between times.

4-3-3 v Atletico: Zidane without this top class Real Madrid star for derby game; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
La Liga 2016/17
8th April, 15:15 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid live on beIN Sports

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Atletico Madrid in La Liga this weekend and Los Blancos will be looking to extend their current run of form with another win.

Griezmann eyes Atletico assault on Real’s title lead

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico Madrid can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real Madrid as Atletico go for a record fourth straight La Liga win at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Griezmann scored the winner last season as Atletico became the first side to ever win away to Real in the league for three consecutive seasons.

Neymar hits 100 as Barcelona remain on Real Madrid’s tails

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona made light of the suspended Lionel Messi’s absence to remain just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid as Neymar netted his 100th goal for the club in a 4-1 win at Granada.

Earlier, Madrid consolidated their advantage at the top thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho to beat Alaves 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neymar hits 100 as Barcelona remain on Real Madrid’s tails

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona made light of the suspended Lionel Messi’s absence to remain just two points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid as Neymar netted his 100th goal for the club in a 4-1 win at Granada.

Earlier, Madrid consolidated their advantage at the top thanks to goals from Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho to beat Alaves 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

4-3-3 v Alaves: Blow for Zidane, key Real Madrid star ruled out for this weekend; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Real Madrid vs Alaves Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Real Madrid vs Alaves
Liga BBVA 2016/17
2nd April, 15:15 pm BST
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: Watch Real Madrid vs Alaves live on Sky Sports 2

Real Madrid Team News & Preview

Real Madrid host Alaves in La Liga this weekend and the home side will be looking to extend their impressive run of form with a win here.

Real seal multi-million Telefonica deal

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid signed a 15-million-euro ($16 million) sponsorship deal with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on Thursday, the European champions said.

The two-year agreement will swell Real’s coffers once more - Deloitte’s Football Money League 2017 puts the Champions League winners third only to Manchester United and then great rivals Barcelona for annual revenue.

Real seal multi-million Telefonica deal

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid signed a 15-million-euro ($16 million) sponsorship deal with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on Thursday, the European champions said.

The two-year agreement will swell Real’s coffers once more - Deloitte’s Football Money League 2017 puts the Champions League winners third only to Manchester United and then great rivals Barcelona for annual revenue.

Roundup: Real Madrid star holds transfer talks, La Liga rivals have offered him £325k-a-week to join

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Real Madrid midfielder Isco has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu for a while now.

The former Malaga playmaker has struggled to hold down a regular first-team place under Zinedine Zidane and is contemplating an exit at the end of this season.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Ramos, Morata strike as Real crush Napoli hopes

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Captain Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata struck one apiece as 11-time winners Real Madrid secured a seventh successive Champions League quarter-final berth with a clinical 3-1 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Real, who took a commanding 3-1 first leg lead at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, looked to be facing a tough night in Naples after Dries Mertens finished off a great attacking move to give the hosts a 24th minute lead.

Real Madrid oust Napoli to reach Champions League quarters

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Dries Mertens scored at both ends as Real Madrid beat Napoli 3-1 at the San Paolo to cruise into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate success.

Belgian Mertens had given Napoli a 24th minute lead to halve the 3-1 deficit they had suffered in the last 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu three weeks ago.

No let up from Real Madrid, Zidane warns Napoli

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes when Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

After a 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, Napoli host the 11-time European champions Tuesday dreaming of causing a major upset and securing their first berth in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

No let up from Real Madrid, Zidane warns Napoli

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Naples (Italy) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes when Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

After a 3-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, Napoli host the 11-time European champions Tuesday dreaming of causing a major upset and securing their first berth in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition.

‘MSN’ send Barcelona top in Sporting rout

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all struck as Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to the top of La Liga with a 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.

Madrid trail their title rivals by two points but have two games in hand and can reclaim top spot when Las Palmas visit the Santiago Bernabeu later on Wednesday.

‘MSN’ send Barcelona top in Sporting rout

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all struck as Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to the top of La Liga with a 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.

Madrid trail their title rivals by two points but have two games in hand and can reclaim top spot when Las Palmas visit the Santiago Bernabeu later on Wednesday.

‘MSN’ send Barelona top in Sporting rout

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Barcelona (AFP) – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all struck as Barcelona leapfrogged Real Madrid to the top of La Liga with a 6-1 thrashing of Sporting Gijon on Wednesday.

Madrid trail their title rivals by two points but have two games in hand and can reclaim top spot when Las Palmas visit the Santiago Bernabeu later on Wednesday.

Zidane hopes Jese fulfils potential – but doesn’t haunt Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy - but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.

Jese left Real Madrid for French champions Paris Saint Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($27 million).

Zidane hopes Jese fulfils potential – but doesn’t haunt Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy - but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.

Jese left Real Madrid for French champions Paris Saint Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($27 million).

Zidane hopes Jese fulfils potential, but doesn’t haunt Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy, but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.

Jese left Madrid for French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($26.

Zidane hopes Jese fulfils potential, but doesn’t haunt Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane hopes Jese Rodriguez rediscovers the form that once made him the star of Madrid’s academy, but only after his return to the Santiago Bernabeu with Las Palmas on Wednesday.

Jese left Madrid for French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a five-year deal in August for a reported 25 million euros ($26.