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Madrid, Barcelona, Oviedo.
Sports Columnist — Guardian

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

Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (Barcelona win 4-2 on aggregate)

theguardian.com — This game started early - and ended early, too. By half-time Barcelona were 3-2 up at the Vicente Calderón, 4-2 up on aggregate and already into the semi-final of the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium set to be renamed Abu Dhabi Bernabéu

theguardian.com — The Santiago Bernabéu stadium will be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu, according to the Spanish sports newspaper AS. The report has not been confirmed by Real Madrid and indeed the club has not yet explicitly announced that the stadium will change its name at all, but the president Florentino Pérez was caught on camera admitting to a member of the regional government that the stadium will be called whatever the Abu Dhabi investment group IPIC want it to be called.

Valencia's Diego Alves shows penalty prowess yet again against Sevilla

theguardian.com — Diego Alves looked down at the virgin by one post, slowly wiped his gloves on a towel and walked the line, all the way to the other post. He stood there for a moment, leaving half the goal gaping, challenging Carlos Bacca. This time he did so with a look.

Eibar's rise, Athletic's travails, underused keepers, other Liga themes

espnfc.com — Real Madrid are Spain's winter champions. It's not a real title and there's no trophy to parade -- there wasn't even a trophy to parade when Atletico Madrid were actual champions, so how could there be one now? -- but nor is it completely meaningless. The season has reached the halfway stage.

Martin Odegaard checks in at Real Madrid and pushes all the right buttons

theguardian.com — The day that Iker Casillas was called up to the Real Madrid first team, dashing to Barajas airport to catch a plane for Norway, Martin Odegaard hadn't even been born. Now, they are team-mates. On Thursday morning, Odegaard made the journey in the other direction and in a private jet.

Champions League a possible destination as Villarreal take flight at last

theguardian.com — A little before midday on Wednesday, Villarreal's players strolled out into the sun at Castellón airport in their bright yellow tracksuit tops and boarded flight YW2003 bound for San Sebastián, pausing first to pose for photos at the foot of the stairs.

Villarreal defender Gabriel on Arsenal’s radar for January transfer

theguardian.com — The Villarreal centre-half Gabriel Paulista says that his agent is in talks with Arsenal over a possible January transfer. The 24-year-old Brazilian, who has become a cornerstone of a Villarreal team that has gone unbeaten since early November, has previously said that he dreams of a move to the Premier League.

Luis Suárez finds range at Barcelona to enhance trident’s cutting edge

theguardian.com — There was a minute to go at the end of Barcelona's victory over Atlético Madrid last Sunday and Luis Suárez's number was up. As he made his way to the touchline the Camp Nou rose to grant him a standing ovation.

La Liga - David Moyes is becoming a fan favourite at Real Sociedad despite the club still being a work in progress - Sid Lowe - ESPN FC

espnfc.com — David Moyes turned to the official and did the universal sign for "are you blind, pal?", making a pair of glasses with his hands, lifting them to his face and peering through in disbelief. The referee sent him off.

Real Madrid 2-2 Atlético Madrid (agg 2-4)

theguardian.com — When Fernando Torres returned to Atlético Madrid 11 days ago, 45,000 fans turned up to welcome him home. Microphone in hand, he asked them what he had done to deserve such a reception. Four days later, he defeated Real Madrid for the first time as an Atlético player; eight days after that he scored two to knock Atlético's rivals out of the Copa del Rey.
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Jan 28, 2015

Tomorrow I'll try to work out what the bloody hell happened, but for now... Tata. Oh wait, that was the last guy. Etc and so on.

Jan 28, 2015

RT @adrinodue: Acabo de ver la ráfaga de la publicidad en las repeticiones. Ánimo @sidlowe ! No estás solo!

Jan 28, 2015

On-whistle match report, from a match where you were left dizzy and thinking 'what the hell happened there?' gu.com/p/45afj/stw

Jan 28, 2015

RT @guardian_sport: Atlético Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (2-4 on aggregate) | Copa del Rey match report gu.com/p/45afj/stw (Photo: EPA) pic.twitter.com/OzXbsXTXxo

Jan 28, 2015

RT @LuisSuarez9: Vamooos! Estamos en semifinales de copa!! Gran esfuerzo!!!! pic.twitter.com/gIUPd1cYp7

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