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Benzema brilliance helps Real Madrid win fifth game in a row

The win means second-placed Real Madrid join leaders Atletico Madrid on 29 points, although Atletico have two games in hand.
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, third left, celebrates his goal and third of his team with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)(AP)
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, third left, celebrates his goal and third of his team with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, and Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Eibar and Real Madrid, at Ipurua stadium, in Eibar, northern Spain, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)(AP)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 07:09 AM IST
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Suarez nets double as Atletico go clear at the top

Suarez, who recently had a spell on the sidelines after contracting COVID-19, gave Atletico the lead in the 41st minute as he got the slightest touch on a low cross from Kieran Trippier to score.
Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) celebrates his second goal.(Getty Images)
Atletico Madrid’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (C) celebrates his second goal.(Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 09:37 PM IST
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Madrid | ByReuters

Barcelona is different club now, says Koeman

Barca face La Liga leaders Real Sociedad on Wednesday hoping to build on their slender 1-0 victory over Levante after suffering painful defeats by Cadiz and Juventus and making their worst start to a league season in 33 years
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)
Barcelona's head coach Ronald Koeman watches the match during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Levante at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)(AP)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 10:38 PM IST
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La Liga: Messi fires anxious Barca to victory over Levante

Barca had dominated the game but failed to keep their composure in front of goal until Messi latched on to a through ball from Frenkie de Jong and thumped it in off the far post in the 76th minute.
Lionel Messi in action against Levante.(Reuters)
Lionel Messi in action against Levante.(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 08:47 AM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

La Liga: Sociedad unable to capitalise on Atletico slip

The home side took the lead in the 20th minute with a thumping strike from Ander Barrenetxea in off the crossbar, but Eibar equalised with a scrappy goal from striker Sergi Enrich in the 65th.
Eibar's Spanish forward Sergi Enrich (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Sociedad and SD Eibar at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on December 13, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)(AFP)
Eibar's Spanish forward Sergi Enrich (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Sociedad and SD Eibar at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on December 13, 2020. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 11:07 PM IST
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Koeman feeling comfortable at Barcelona despite poor results

Barca fell 12 points behind leaders Atletico Madrid with last week’s shock 2-1 defeat by Cadiz before losing 3-0 at home to Juventus to surrender top spot in their Champions League group
File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)
File photo of Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman(Reuters)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 08:56 PM IST
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La Liga: Real Madrid’s Zidane says Atletico title favourites ahead of derby

Heading into the derby they sit six points ahead of fourth-placed Real having played a game fewer, and Zidane conceded that their start to the campaign means it is Diego Simeone’s side who should be considered the team to beat this term.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v SD Huesca - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - October 31, 2020 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v SD Huesca - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - October 31, 2020 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 11, 2020 10:15 PM IST
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Zidane under pressure to save Real Madrid job

Local media say the Frenchman has just two games to save his job after Real lost three of their last five in all competitions, and are seven points off top spot in their campaign to retain the Spanish title.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - November 28, 2020 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - November 28, 2020 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reacts REUTERS/Javier Barbancho/File Photo(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 03, 2020 05:05 PM IST
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La Liga: Covid-19 has exposed us and other clubs who were overspending, says Valencia President Anil Murthy

In a virtual press conference with reporters this week, Valencia Executive President Anil Murthy revealed details about ‘Project Academy’ and said that the ongoing health crisis has presented an opportunity to the club to build academy players and grow them into first-team footballers.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Valencia v Atletico Madrid - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - November 28, 2020 General view outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Valencia v Atletico Madrid - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - November 28, 2020 General view outside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 29, 2020 03:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKaran Prashant Saxena

Sociedad’s Silva faces spell out with hamstring injury

Silva, who has started his side’s last eight games and helped them win six consecutive matches to go three points clear at the top of the Spanish standings, hurt his hamstring in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Cadiz according to a club statement.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Sociedad v Real Madrid - Reale Arena, San Sebastian, Spain - September 20, 2020. Real Sociedad's David Silva in action.(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Sociedad v Real Madrid - Reale Arena, San Sebastian, Spain - September 20, 2020. Real Sociedad's David Silva in action.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 24, 2020 05:29 PM IST
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La Liga president Javier Tebas opens up on salary reductions of football clubs amid Covid-19

In response to a question provided by the Hindustan Times, Tebas also agreed that the uncertainty over the salary caps may remain as long as the virus lasts.
La Liga President Javier Tebas. File image(AP)
La Liga President Javier Tebas. File image(AP)
Updated on Nov 22, 2020 03:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByKaran Prashant Saxena

Messi says I’m tired of being blamed for everything at Barcelona

Messi returned to Barcelona from international duty with Argentina on Wednesday when he was accosted by reporters at the airport. “The truth is that I’m a little tired of always being the problem for everything at the club,” Messi was quoted as saying by Spanish media.
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - FC Barcelona v Dynamo Kyiv - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 4, 2020 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - FC Barcelona v Dynamo Kyiv - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - November 4, 2020 FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 19, 2020 01:45 PM IST
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La Liga: Soler gets rare penalty hat trick, Valencia beats Madrid 4-1

Statistics platform Opta said it was the first time a player had scored three penalties in a Spanish league game this century. The La Vanguardia Spanish daily said it was the first time three penalties were called against Madrid in a league game.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Valencia v Real Madrid - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - November 8, 2020 Valencia's Carlos Soler celebrates scoring their fourth goal and completing his hat-trick REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Valencia v Real Madrid - Mestalla, Valencia, Spain - November 8, 2020 Valencia's Carlos Soler celebrates scoring their fourth goal and completing his hat-trick REUTERS/Juan Medina(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 09, 2020 12:50 PM IST
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Pique says Barcelona in decline but is optimistic about future

Bartomeu and his board of directors quit the club last week after six years at the helm in order to avoid a vote of no confidence from members, leaving a legacy of plenty of trophies but a steady decline in results and a dire financial situation.
Gerard Pique of Barcelona reacts to receiving a yellow card.(Getty Images)
Gerard Pique of Barcelona reacts to receiving a yellow card.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 05, 2020 03:40 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

La Liga: Hazard finally scores again as Madrid take care of Huesca

Zinedine Zidane’s side soon extended their lead in added time of the first half when Karim Benzema chested down a cross from Lucas Vazquez and fired inside the far post.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v SD Huesca - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - October 31, 2020 Real Madrid's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez REUTERS/Javier Barbancho(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Madrid v SD Huesca - Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid, Spain - October 31, 2020 Real Madrid's Eden Hazard celebrates scoring their first goal with Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez REUTERS/Javier Barbancho(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 09:08 PM IST
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La Liga: Defending champs Real Madrid bounce back with win at Barcelona

Ronald Koeman, for whom it was the first Clasico as Barca head coach, started Ansu Fati leaving both Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele on the bench. Fati impressed, scoring Barca’s only goal and also helped create a few chances.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - October 24, 2020 Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates scoring their third goal with teammates REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - October 24, 2020 Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates scoring their third goal with teammates REUTERS/Albert Gea(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 24, 2020 11:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhargab Sarmah

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: For two of the world’s biggest clubs, El Clasico in times of trouble

In a European football calendar altered by the coronavirus pandemic, Real Madrid and Barcelona head into their first meeting of the campaign looking to break a loop of negativity in recent times.
Barcelona´s scarves are displayed outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 23, 2020, on the eve of the
Barcelona´s scarves are displayed outside the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 23, 2020, on the eve of the "clasico" football match FC Barcelona against Real Madrid CF. - Followed by millions of people around the world, the great Spanish football showdown will take place at closed door in front of 100,000 empty seats. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Oct 23, 2020 10:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBhargab Sarmah

Suarez cried over treatment in final days at Barca

“I didn’t take the club’s message that they were looking for a solution for me in order to mix things up very well. I was hurt most of all by the way they did things, because one has to accept it when a cycle comes to an end.”
Soccer Football - World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers - Uruguay v Chile - Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay - October 8, 2020 Uruguay's Luis Suarez before the match Pool via REUTERS/Raul Martinez(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - World Cup 2022 South American Qualifiers - Uruguay v Chile - Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay - October 8, 2020 Uruguay's Luis Suarez before the match Pool via REUTERS/Raul Martinez(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 04:16 PM IST
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Messi has given maximum since ending transfer saga, says Barca coach Koeman

Messi gave an outstanding performance in Barca’s 3-0 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday after playing the whole second half with 10 men, crushing any fears that the Argentine might lack commitment after the club refused to let him leave.
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona - Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain - October 1, 2020. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Celta Vigo v FC Barcelona - Estadio de Balaidos, Vigo, Spain - October 1, 2020. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi reacts. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 03, 2020 06:13 PM IST
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BARCELONA | ByReuters

It’s time for Barcelona to reunite: Lionel Messi

Messi said that the only way for the club to reach its goals is to keep “united and rowing in the same direction.”
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 30, 2020 11:08 AM IST
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Lionel Messi back in scoring business in dream start for Koeman

Lionel Messi was back in scoring business for Barcelona on Sunday, leading them to a resounding 4-0 win at home against Villarreal in a near-perfect La Liga opener for the Catalans under new coach Ronald Koeman.
Lionel Messi with the ball against Roma.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi with the ball against Roma.(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 28, 2020 01:45 PM IST
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Rome | ByReuters

Suarez ‘didn’t deserve to be thrown out’: Messi’s Barca fight continues

Barcelona have sold Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal but it is Suarez, their third highest scorer with 198 goals and the only player in the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era to have been La Liga’s highest scorer, who could be missed.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez,with Lionel Messi.(AP)
Barcelona's Luis Suarez,with Lionel Messi.(AP)
Updated on Sep 26, 2020 10:29 AM IST
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Kolkata | ByDhiman Sarkar

Atletico’s Gimenez tests positive for COVID-19 -club statement

The Spanish club’s statement said that Uruguay international Gimenez, who returned a positive result on Monday, is isolating at home in accordance with the health authorities’ guidelines.
Soccer Football - Champions League - Quarter Final - RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid - Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - August 13, 2020 Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez looks dejected after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Lluis Gene/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Champions League - Quarter Final - RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid - Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal - August 13, 2020 Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez looks dejected after the match, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Lluis Gene/Pool via REUTERS(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 10:19 PM IST
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La Liga: Valencia win derby, Villarreal draw with Huesca in Emery bow

Jose Luis Morales gave Levante the lead in the opening minute and restored their advantage in the 36th after Gabriel Paulista had levelled for Javi Gracia’s side.
Levante's Jose Luis Morales scores the opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Levante at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)(AP)
Levante's Jose Luis Morales scores the opening goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Levante at the Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 06:29 AM IST
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Messi, Messi, and more Messi, ahead of La Liga

Lionel Messi has since said he is not leaving but the interview where he declared that also had a scathing indictment of Bartomeu who could be facing a no-confidence vote before Barcelona kick-off in the 90th season of La Liga whose start was deferred by a day to Saturday.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training.(REUTERS)
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi during training.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 11, 2020 12:03 AM IST
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Kolkata/New Delhi | ByDhiman Sarkar and Bhargab Sarmah

La Liga start delayed due to scheduling row

La Liga said in a statement on Wednesday they would appeal the decision to ensure matches could take place outside of weekends for the second round of fixtures, but confirmed the Granada v Athletic Bilbao game would now be held on Saturday.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 10, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Messi leaving won’t affect television revenue: La Liga president

Asked whether Messi’s possible departure next season could lead to a dip in television revenue, Tebas said: “No, because the international rights have been sold for the next four seasons. Also, there is no guarantee that he will leave.”
Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 09:38 PM IST
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Kolkata | ByDhiman Sarkar

It will be difficult for Lionel Messi to remain with Barcelona, says his father

After flying in on a private jet, Jorge Messi is expected to meet club president Josep Maria Bartomeu later on Wednesday to discuss his son’s future, Spanish media reported.
File image of Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
File image of Lionel Messi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 06:57 PM IST
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Real Sociedad’s David Silva tests positive for COVID-19

Former Spain international Silva left City at the end of last season after a decade of service in which he won four Premier League titles.
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Norwich City - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - July 26, 2020 Manchester City's David Silva, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell/Files(Pool via REUTERS)
Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City v Norwich City - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - July 26, 2020 Manchester City's David Silva, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Pool via REUTERS/Peter Powell/Files(Pool via REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 09:35 AM IST
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Lionel Messi fails to show up for Barcelona training

The six-times world player of the year insists he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer -- a claim disputed by Barcelona and La Liga.
A woman takes a selfie with a mural of Lionel Messi dressed as Che Guevara as FC Barcelona's squad arrive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test, ahead of the resumption of training on August 31, in Barcelona, Spain August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce(REUTERS)
A woman takes a selfie with a mural of Lionel Messi dressed as Che Guevara as FC Barcelona's squad arrive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test, ahead of the resumption of training on August 31, in Barcelona, Spain August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 07:06 AM IST
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