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Zinedine Zidane’s son Enzo scores on Real Madrid debut in Copa del Rey

• Real Madrid 6-1 Cultural Leonesa (13-2 on aggregate) Enzo Zidane made his dad proud by scoring a goal on his Real Madrid debut in a crushing Copa del Rey victory. Zinedine Zidane gave his 21-year-old son a chance against third-division Cultural Leonesa and he took full advantage, finding the net with a nice right-foot […]
November 30, 2016 0
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Is playing in Europe a disadvantage for the continent’s top clubs?

The top two teams in the Premier League – and five of the top six in Germany – are not involved in European competitions. What does this trend mean? By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Christian Eriksen’s first league goal of the season (from his 40th shot no less) ended […]
November 29, 2016 0
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Real Sociedad leave Barcelona with more than just food for thought | Sid Lowe

Barcelona were not beaten, but they were battered in San Sebastián, leaving Luis Enrique to admit it had been ‘a miracle’ to escape with a point At least he ate well. Luis Enrique returned to San Sebastián, the most beautiful place in Spain, land of Patxarán, pil-pil and pintxos, tapas nailed to bread with lethal-looking […]
November 28, 2016 0
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Will English football coaches produce losers by focusing on fun over results?

Coach any Spanish youngster and you’ll realise they are obsessed by winning. So why are English coaches suppressing this natural instinct in their players? By Alex Chapman for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network As Isco squeezed the ball through a helpless Tom Heaton’s legs, Spain did the unthinkable and completed a […]
November 28, 2016 0
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Barcelona scrape draw to leave Gerard Piqué despondent before El Clasíco

• Barcelona draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad, now six points behind Real Madrid• Atlético beat Osasuna 3-0, Alaves defeat Villarreal 2-0 A below-par Barcelona escaped with a point after Real Sociedad were denied a clear winner in a 1-1 draw. At a stadium where Barça last won in 2007 Luis Enrique’s men were thoroughly outplayed […]
November 27, 2016 0
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Real Madrid hang on after Sporting Gijón’s Duje Cop wastes penalty

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his rich vein of form by scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 2-1 home win over struggling Sporting Gijón on Saturday, although the La Liga leaders got a lucky break when the visitors squandered a second-half penalty. The prolific Portuguese put Real ahead from the spot in the fifth minute and dived in […]
November 26, 2016 0
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Gareth Bale could be sidelined for up to three months with ankle injury

• Real Madrid player injured in game against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday• Wales international replaced on the hour mark during team’s victory Gareth Bale is to undergo surgery on the ankle injury he suffered during Tuesday’s Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon, Real Madrid have announced. The Wales international was replaced just before the hour […]
November 24, 2016 0
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Real Madrid’s Bale a doubt for Barça game after damaging ankle tendons

• Wales forward limps off in 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon• El Clásico takes place on 3 December at the Camp Nou Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale risks missing El Clásico after suffering an ankle injury while on Champions League duty. The 27-year-old Wales forward hobbled off just before the hour mark in Real’s 2-1 victory […]
November 23, 2016 0
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How Monaco became the top goalscorers in Europe – without a prolific striker

Monaco do not boast an outstanding goalscorer but Thomas Lemar, Falcao and Fabinho have scored five goals each in Ligue 1 to make them a fearsome force By Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport Network Tottenham travel to Monaco for their crucial Champions League clash buoyed by a dramatic late win over […]
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