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Las Fallas: People Of Valencia Burn Unflattering Cristiano Ronaldo Puppet As Part Of Fire Festival Celebrations (Photo)

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Over the weekend, the good people of Valencia took to the streets over to burn an scatological effigy of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Thankfully, it's not quite as grim as it sounds, as the Ronaldo dummy was torched as part of the Spanish city's annual week-long Las Fallas festival.

Every year in March, volleys of fireworks are releasedand a cavalcade of different puppets and dummiesof famous rogues (known colloquially as 'ninots') are set alight to pay homage to Saint Joseph.

La Liga: West Ham Dud Simone Zaza Scores Exquisite Goal As Valencia Romp To Victory Over Real Madrid (Video)

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Having left West Ham in January with just one shot on target mustered in 16 appearances, Simone Zaza has now scored two goals with his last two efforts on goal in Valencia colours.

After tucking one awayagainst Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, Zaza once again found the back of the net just four minutes into Wednesday evening's game against Real Madrid.

Chelsea Roundup: Conte requests double deal, asks board to sign PL star and key Barcelona target

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has already started formulating plans for the next season.

The Italian is well on course to win the Premier League in his debut season with the Blues and is ready to make his mark in the Champions League next year.

La Liga Table 2016-17: Real Madrid top the chart, Barcelona 2nd and other talking points

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Real Madrid maintained their two-point lead at the top of La Liga after beating Alaves 4-1 on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his best at Mendizorrotza and finished the day with a hat-trick to his name.

The Portuguese scored from the spot to level the score in the first half after Madrid went behind through Deyverson.

La Liga 2016/17, Week 9: Updated Standings, Fixtures, Results and Talking Points

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Usual business resumed in La Liga for its ninth gameweek, as Real Madrid went top of the table with a late win against Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona, too, managed to nick a stoppage time goal to win at Valencia as Cesare Prandelli’s first game at the Mestalla almost handed los Che a famous win.

La Liga: Neymar Hit With Bottle After Barcelona Secure Last-Gasp Win v Valencia (Video)

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It took a last-gasp penalty from Lionel Messi to give Barcelona a hard-fought 3-2 away to Valencia at the Mestalla on Saturday. However, that winning goal triggered some rather igly scenes, with some of the fans launching bottles at the celebrating Barca players.

Messi's winner, in the 94th minute of the game, was his second of the game for Barcelona.

4-3-3 v Valencia: Luis Enrique without these two key stars for Barcelona's away game this weekend; Key Stats, Team News and Predicted Lineups

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Valencia vs Barcelona Prediction, Betting Tips & Preview ahead of this weekend’s La Liga fixture.

Valencia vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA 2016/17
22nd October 2016, 15:15 pm BST
Mestalla, Valencia

Barcelona Team News & Preview

Barcelona travel to Mestalla to take on a struggling Valencia side in La Liga on Saturday.

Mourinho wants Guardiola's La Liga target at Man Utd; Signing €30m star could be a masterstroke

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Manchester United are thought to be looking at the Valencia defender Joao Cancelo.

Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Jose Mourinho is interested in the 22-year-old Portuguese defender. Cancelo operates as a right back and has impressed for the La Liga club over the last 12 months.

Man Utd Roundup: Mourinho wants this 26-yr-old to partner Pogba; Agent confirms talks for Spaniard

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old Porto midfielder Hector Herrera.

The Porto star was linked with the likes of Napoli and Liverpool during the summer transfer window, but Porto’s demands forced his suitors to look elsewhere.

The Portuguese outfit are holding out for his release clause of 40 million Euros.

Match day

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: United vs Rostov 

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Romero, Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Rojo, Blind, Pogba, Herrera, Mata, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP: Leicester vs United

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De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Rojo; Herrera, Pogba, Mata, Mkhitaryan; Rashford, Ibrahimovic.

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Rivals more motivated when facing Madrid – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes opponents raise their game when facing the European champions after suffering a shock defeat to Valencia in midweek.

Madrid spurned the chance to extend their one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table as they conceded twice to a Valencia side languishing in the bottom half of the table in the opening eight minutes to lose 2-1 at Mestalla on Wednesday.

Rivals more motivated when facing Madrid – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes opponents raise their game when facing the European champions after suffering a shock defeat to Valencia in midweek.

Madrid spurned the chance to extend their one-point lead over Barcelona at the top of the table as they conceded twice to a Valencia side languishing in the bottom half of the table in the opening eight minutes to lose 2-1 at Mestalla on Wednesday.

Valencia early show stun 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.

The defeat leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla and now enjoy just one game in hand over their title rivals.

Valencia early show stun 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.

The defeat leaves Madrid just a single point clear of Barcelona and three points ahead of Sevilla and now enjoy just one game in hand over their title rivals.

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.

Celta Vigo outcast Orellana joins Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) Chilean international Fabian Orellana joined Valencia on loan from Celta Vigo on Tuesday after being cast aside by Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo.

"According to the agreement reached with Celta Vigo, the player will come on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy," Valencia said in a statement.

Celta Vigo outcast Orellana joins Valencia

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Madrid (AFP) Chilean international Fabian Orellana joined Valencia on loan from Celta Vigo on Tuesday after being cast aside by Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo.

"According to the agreement reached with Celta Vigo, the player will come on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy," Valencia said in a statement.

Ex-Valencia star Mendieta urges owner Peter Lim to change tack

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London (AFP) Former Valencia midfielder Gaizka Mendieta believes owner Peter Lim needs to adopt a more long-term approach to running the club, as they teeter above the La Liga relegation zone.

Valencia have gone through five coaches and three sporting directors in Lim's two-and-a-half-year tenure, with Cesare Prandelli and Jesus Garcia Pitarch the latest figures to give up the respective roles.

Ex-Valencia star Mendieta urges owner Peter Lim to change tack

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London (AFP) Former Valencia midfielder Gaizka Mendieta believes owner Peter Lim needs to adopt a more long-term approach to running the club, as they teeter above the La Liga relegation zone.

Valencia have gone through five coaches and three sporting directors in Lim's two-and-a-half-year tenure, with Cesare Prandelli and Jesus Garcia Pitarch the latest figures to give up the respective roles.

Valencia legend Mendieta urges owner Peter Lim to change tack

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London (AFP) Former Valencia midfielder Gaizka Mendieta believes owner Peter Lim needs to adopt a more long-term approach to running the club, as they teeter above the La Liga relegation zone.

Valencia have gone through five coaches and three sporting directors in Lim's two-and-a-half-year tenure, with Cesare Prandelli and Jesus Garcia Pitarch the latest figures to give up the respective roles.

West Ham misfit Zaza joins Valencia on loan

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Madrid (AFP) Italian international Simone Zaza has bolstered La Liga strugglers Valencia's attacking options as the Spanish club confirmed he had joined on loan from Juventus until the end of the season on Sunday.

"Valencia have completed the signing of Simone Zazaon loan from Juventus until the end of the season," Valencia said in a statement.

West Ham misfit Zaza joins Valencia on loan

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Madrid (AFP) Italian international Simone Zaza has bolstered La Liga strugglers Valencia's attacking options as the Spanish club confirmed he had joined on loan from Juventus until the end of the season on Sunday.

"Valencia have completed the signing of Simone Zazaon loan from Juventus until the end of the season," Valencia said in a statement.

Manchester United’s Valencia set for arm surgery

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London (AFP) Manchester United's Antonio Valencia will undergo surgery on Saturday after fracturing his arm, the English Premier League giants announced.

Ecuador defender Valencia, 31, has made 11 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season.

But he was missing from Jose Mourinho's squad for Saturday's league match at home to Burnley, with United confirming his injury via a Twitter feed statement that said: "Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today.

Manchester United’s Valencia set for arm surgery

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London (AFP) Manchester United's Antonio Valencia will undergo surgery on Saturday after fracturing his arm, the English Premier League giants announced.

Ecuador defender Valencia, 31, has made 11 appearances in all competitions for United so far this season.

But he was missing from Jose Mourinho's squad for Saturday's league match at home to Burnley, with United confirming his injury via a Twitter feed statement that said: "Antonio Valencia has a fracture in his arm and will have surgery today.

Valencia fined, Barcelona censured for bottle incident

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia were fined and warned on Wednesday after a section of fans pelted celebrating Barcelona players with a bottle, but the Spanish champions were also criticised for their conduct.

Luis Suarez and Neymar were hit by a plastic bottle thrown by the Valencia fans as Barca celebrated a last-gasp 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday in what had been a bad-tempered La Liga encounter.

Valencia fined, Barcelona censured for bottle incident

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia were fined and warned on Wednesday after a section of fans pelted celebrating Barcelona players with a bottle, but the Spanish champions were also criticised for their conduct.

Luis Suarez and Neymar were hit by a plastic bottle thrown by the Valencia fans as Barca celebrated a last-gasp 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday in what had been a bad-tempered La Liga encounter.

Tearful Iniesta out for six to eight weeks

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Madrid (AFP) Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta will be out for between six and eight weeks, the Spanish champions confirmed on Saturday after he suffered knee ligament damage in a 3-2 win at Valencia.

Iniesta was stretchered from the field in tears after just 14 minutes, but fears he could be sidelined for months were eased by tests upon his return to Barcelona.

Valencia slam ‘lamentable’ referee in Barca loss

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch railed against the "absolutely lamentable" display of the referee after Barcelona snatched a controversial 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday.

Lionel Messi converted a 94th-minute penalty in a bad-tempered match overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Barca's Andres Iniesta.

Valencia slam ‘lamentable’ referee in Barca loss

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Madrid (AFP) Valencia's sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch railed against the "absolutely lamentable" display of the referee after Barcelona snatched a controversial 3-2 win at Mestalla on Saturday.

Lionel Messi converted a 94th-minute penalty in a bad-tempered match overshadowed by a serious knee injury to Barca's Andres Iniesta.

Prandelli’s Valencia off to winning start

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Madrid (AFP) Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.

The former Italy boss is Valencia's fourth coach in under a year, but got an instant response as Suarez finished off a fine team move to open the scoring after just seven minutes.

Prandelli’s Valencia off to winning start

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Madrid (AFP) Cesare Prandelli enjoyed the perfect start to life in charge of Valencia as Mario Suarez's double lifted Los Che out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Sporting Gijon.

The former Italy boss is Valencia's fourth coach in under a year, but got an instant response as Suarez finished off a fine team move to open the scoring after just seven minutes.

Valencia double rescues Ecuador

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La Paz (AFP) Everton striker Enner Valencia put the seal on a tumultuous week with two goals as Ecuador came from behind to snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw with Bolivia in South America's World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Valencia lashed home an 89th-minute leveler to give Ecuador a share of the points after earlier giving his team hope with a 48th-minute goal.

Valencia double rescues Ecuador

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La Paz (AFP) Everton striker Enner Valencia put the seal on a tumultuous week with two goals as Ecuador came from behind to snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw with Bolivia in South America's World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Valencia lashed home an 89th-minute leveler to give Ecuador a share of the points after earlier giving his team hope with a 48th-minute goal.

Arsenal

Transfer News: Arsenal target Valencia left-back

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Santi Cazorla attracting interest from La Liga clubs

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Shkodran Mustafi opens up over Arsenal transfer

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The Rest

Lionel Messi's Wonder Run against Valencia GIF | Barca Images GIF

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- Lionel Messi in action against Valencia -

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi was instrumental in securing a 4-2 victory over Valencia at Camp Nou. The come back from behind victory helped Barca to remain in pursuit of the La Liga title. Below is the GIF image of Messi's amazing run in the match; unfortunately this one didn't end in goal.

Mourinho: I tried to sign Valencia for Real Madrid

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Antonio Valencia was Manchester United's player of the season in 2011-12 and was rewarded with the number 7 shirt. The following season wasn't a good one for him personally, even though United won the 20th league title, so he reverted back to number 25.

Louis van Gaal converted Valencia's position to right-back and it wasn't a totally smooth process, with his concentration and positioning letting him down at times.