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Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo.
Sports Columnist — Guardian

Football, politics, history, sunsets, Estela, mugs, bad jokes, #tsfp. 'Fear And Loathing in La Liga', 'Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism'. 15,999

Luis Suarez determination drives Barcelona to another big win writes Sid Lowe — Luis Suarez didn't plan to nutmeg David Luiz, not the first time and not the second time either, but that's what he did and deliberately so. From the right, from the middle and right through the middle; of the Brazilian's legs, that is.

Suspensions can help break Madrid derby stasis after spiky first leg — It was the best of results, it was the worst of results. That was Carlo Ancelotti's verdict on this tale of one city and two legs. The first ended 0-0; in eight days time, Madrid's clubs will meet again for the eighth time this season, at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid: live Champions League webchat — Sid Lowe will be online from 1pm BST to answer your questions about the Madrid derby taking place at the Vicente Calderón Stadium tonight

Atlético’s Fernando Torres happy with cameo role as Real Madrid clash beckons — The first time Fernando Torres went to the Vicente Calderón to watch Atlético Madrid was just over 20 years ago, one cold day in January 1995. His grandfather Eulalio had already made an Atlético fan of him and that afternoon over lunch someone suggested heading to the match.

Sevilla feel the noise against Barcelona to extend unbeaten home record — The music stopped but the singing went on. They belted out El Arrebato acapella, Sevilla's anthem ringing round the ground, the 'oooooooooo' rising and falling. 'And that's why I've come here to see you today,' the chorus opens. Almost 45,000 of them had come to watch their team play Barcelona on Saturday night, the stadium packed.

Barcelona’s winning philosophy makes them coaching incubator for top clubs — Where are they now? In the dugout, that's where, and not just any dugout. Take a look at the picture above. It is nearly 19 years old now: 28 August 1996, the side that won the Spanish Super Cup.

It's advantage Barcelona as Real Madrid hope for help from others — "Operation 30", Real Madrid called it and its brilliance lay in its simplicity. Before last Sunday's 9-1 win vs. Granada there were 10 games to go and 30 points left: win all 10, pick up 30 points and they would be champions.

La Liga’s manager cull continues with Deportivo’s coach the latest to go — Victor Fernández wasn't leaving, not officially, not yet, but he came to say goodbye anyway. Although the axe that had long hovered over his neck, blade glistening, still hadn't fallen, he was sure it would be along presently and so he bade farewell to them before they bade farewell to him.

Cristiano Ronaldo inflicts more pain — Abel Resino suffered the worst moment of his football career last weekend. Sid Lowe reports on the latest action from Spain. Abel Resino was a record-breaking goalkeeper for Atlético Madrid, for whom he played over three hundred games.

Cult hero David Barral is smiles ahead for Levante in La Liga — Like pretty much everyone else in Cádiz, David Barral is a comedian who says he plays football in his spare time. The difference is that Barral plays his football in the first division and, thanks to him, next season Levante Unión Deportiva might still do so too.
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Apr 18, 2015

Javi Gracia says, a little enigmatically: "My players behaved very well, considering the way we were treated."

Apr 18, 2015

And that ends it. Chicharito very quick, rolls one across for Ronaldo. 3-1. 91' Not always easy vs an impressive Malaga but RM win.

Apr 18, 2015

Is it me or is this ref fussy and very quick to whistle?

Apr 18, 2015

Two one-twos and then belted in to top corner.

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