Gareth Bale scores twice in Ronaldo-less Real’s stroll past Las Palmas

• Karim Benzema also scores in 3-0 win in Canaries• Real rest six including Cristiano Ronaldo before Juventus tie Real Madrid eased to a 3-0 La Liga win over Las Palmas with two goals from Gareth Bale and one from Karim Benzema, despite missing six regular starters including Cristiano Ronaldo and their captain, Sergio Ramos. […]
March 31, 2018 0

Ryan Giggs tells Gareth Bale to snub José Mourinho and stay at Real Madrid

• Wales manager says forward can win more trophies at Bernabéu• José Mourinho still interested in bringing player back to England Ryan Giggs has urged Gareth Bale to resist any overtures from Manchester United and stay with Real Madrid. Giggs spent his whole playing career at United, making a record 963 appearances, and José Mourinho […]
March 23, 2018 0

Lionel Messi on target again as Barcelona ease past Athletic Bilbao

• Argentine maestro scores for sixth game running as leaders win 2-0• Messi takes his goal total for the campaign to 38 with fine finish Lionel Messi scored for the sixth consecutive game as Barcelona tightened their grip in the title race with a 2-0 La Liga win against Athletic Bilbao. Messi took his goal […]
March 18, 2018 0

Champions League quarter-finals draw – live!

Updates from the last eight draw, which starts at 11am GMT Champions League is for the few – and Uefa will struggle to change it Email Simon | or tweet @Simon_Burnton 9.08am GMT Hello world! So, it’s draw time again. Fans of the genre may find what follows disappointingly brief and confusingly straightforward. Uefa is […]
March 16, 2018 0

Champions League is for the elite few – and Uefa will struggle to change it | David Conn

Uefa’s president wants to improve competitive balance but the top clubs’ financial dominance equates to power too, and it is unlikely his mooted measures will make a significant difference For football people raised on the foundational European Cup feats of Manchester United’s home-schooled Busby Babes and Celtic’s 1967 triumph with a team of local lads, […]
March 15, 2018 0

Valencia all but back in Champions League as hard graft pays off | Sid Lowe

It may be only two years since the club were last in Europe’s premier contest but it feels like a watershed as a return looms “They’re all talking about that long run in the dressing room,” Gabriel Paulista said. It had been 14 years, after all. On Saturday afternoon, Valencia beat Sevilla 2-0 at the […]
March 12, 2018 0

Cristiano Ronaldo double drags Real Madrid to narrow win at Eibar

Real Madrid put in a shaky performance but maintained their fine recent form with a 2-1 win at Eibar. Zinedine Zidane’s side have now won eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, but still trail Barcelona, who have a game in hand, by 12 points. The home side dominated the first 30 minutes […]
March 10, 2018 0

‘All that, for that?’ – PSG and Emery digest another Champions League exit

The Paris Saint-Germain fans did all they could to lift their team against Real Madrid but the team departs the competition with barely a whimper and questions over the ‘project’ “All that, for that?” read L’Équipe’s damning headline on Wednesday morning. On a night when the team’s fans had done their best to create a […]
March 7, 2018 0