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Real Madrid in peril against teams in yellow — For the second match in a row Real Madrid have dropped points to a team wearing yellow, which bodes well for Sorussia Dortmund's chances against the Spanish league leaders. Borussia Dortmund sent Real Madrid a tweet at the weekend. "You're having a hard time playing teams that wear yellow, do you @realmadriden," it said, in English and in German.

‘I saw a lot from the bench’: how Porto’s reserve goalkeeper became manager — Nuno Espírito Santo was in a terrible state, drunk. That, at least, is what his president thought, and exactly what Nuno wanted him to think. A young goalkeeper at Vitória Guimarães, he had been promised that if anyone came in with a $1m offer he could leave, and one day the Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña did just that - only for António Pimenta Machado to renege.

Athletic Bilbao’s Mikel Balenziaga the surprise star on La Liga’s weird weekend — The door opened and there they were, waiting for him: all of Athletic's players and all the staff, the president too, like a secret birthday party. When Mikel Balenziaga appeared, they started cheering and clapping, piling in to slap him on the back and head. Then they burst into song, bouncing about.

Valencia, one of Europe's biggest clubs, begin yet another rebuild — Here is the news: Valencia won on Thursday night. They won 2-1. At home. Against Alavés, a newly promoted team that hasn't been in the first division for a decade. Oh, and it was thanks to an own goal and a late, late penalty. But still, they won, and that really is news.

Valencia in limbo as league vetoes new coach appointment — Valencia would like to appoint Marcelino García Toral as their new coach, but Spanish Football Federation rules stand in their way. Five weeks into the season and two managers have gone already. Mind you, the first of them may not need to worry. He could be back in work already - replacing the second of them.

Atlético Madrid quick to pounce on Barça weakness after Lionel Messi makes way — Atlético Madrid took the free-kick but their captain acted like they hadn't and Koke Resurrección didn't get up. He was still sitting where Arda Turan had left him, two team-mates over him, two opponents in front of him and the referee looking down at him, seven men standing in a five-metre square, when Filipe Luís poked the ball to Gabi Fernández.

Valencia are bottom and fast becoming the old lady who swallowed a fly — The day before Pako Ayestarán flew to Singapore to meet the Valencia owner Peter Lim and discuss becoming the manager at Mestalla, he phoned Gary Neville to ask for his blessing. Neville was the one who had taken him there in the first place, after all, the man who had publicly insisted "when I go, Pako goes", and now Ayesteran was about to take his job.

Real Madrid winning 'their way' against Sporting reveals the squad's flaws — At the end of the opening night of the Champions League, the Santiago Bernabeu launched into a now-familiar song. "Asi, asi, asi gana el Madrid!" This is the way that Madrid win.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Álvaro Morata strike late as Real Madrid beat Sporting — Cristiano Ronaldo did not celebrate a goal last night, but that does not mean he did not score one - and a huge one at that. The Real Madrid striker curled in an 88th-minute free-kick and immediately lifted his hands apologetically towards the top of the north end of the Santiago Bernabéu where Sporting Lisbon's supporters had fallen quiet for the first time.

Brendan Rodgers pays tribute to Barcelona after Celtic are thrashed — Brendan Rodgers said that Barcelona "beat you up with the ball" on a night which he likened the Camp Nou pitch to an ice-rink, the game whizzing past his helpless players. Celtic fell to a 7-0 defeat but their manager insisted that there was "no embarrassment" and that he could not have asked for any more from his team.
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