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New Madrid hope Hazard needs Real as much as they need him

08 Jun 2019

MADRID After five years without a 'Galactico' signing, Real Madrid have recruited Eden Hazard to return the dishevelled Spaniards to their perch as the best side in Europe, while the Belgian hopes his new team can elevate him to a higher level too.

Klopp relieved to end cup finals losing streak

02 Jun 2019

MADRID Juergen Klopp was a relieved man on Saturday after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final ended the German coach's miserable run of six defeats in cup finals.

Liverpool's Origi comes up trumps again in Champions League win

02 Jun 2019

MADRID Liverpool's unlikely hero Divock Origi is starting to make a habit of turning up trumps.

Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold driven on by agony of last season's CL final

31 May 2019

MADRID Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold says the pain of losing in last season's Champions League final against Real Madrid will spur him on against Tottenham on Saturday.

Five talking points from the last La Liga weekend

20 May 2019

BARCELONA Valencia won 2-0 at Real Valladolid on Saturday to finish fourth in La Liga and seal qualification for next year's Champions League, while Girona were relegated after a 2-1 defeat at Alaves.

Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga

13 May 2019

BARCELONA As Barcelona's win over Getafe could not stop the inquest into their calamitous Champions League exit, Valencia took control of the race for fourth with a 3-1 win over Alaves while Girona moved to the verge of relegation after a 2-1 defeat by Levante on Sunday.

Thiem ousts Federer in Madrid Open thriller to reach semis

10 May 2019

MADRID Dominic Thiem edged a thrilling clash with Roger Federer 3-6 7-6(11) 6-4 to end the Swiss veteran's clay season comeback and reach the Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday.

Halep to face Bertens in Madrid Open final

10 May 2019

MADRID Simona Halep reached her fourth Madrid Open final with a 6-2 6-7(2) 6-0 win over Belinda Bencic on Friday and will face last year's runner up Kiki Bertens, who beat Sloane Stephens 6-2 7-5.

Five talking points from the weekend in La Liga

07 May 2019

BARCELONA Champions Barcelona lost 2-0 at Celta Vigo while Getafe earned an important 2-0 win over Girona in their bid to secure Champions League qualification.

Spain change Copa del Rey and Super Cup formats

29 Apr 2019

BARCELONA The Spanish FA (RFEF) approved changes to the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup formats for the 2019-20 season and beyond, in a meeting on Monday.

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