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Rayo Vallecano 4 : 1 Malaga - Rayo claim convincing win

Posted Sunday, February 09, 2014 by PA

Rayo Vallecano breathed life into their hopes of avoiding relegation with a resounding and morale-boosting 4-1 win over Malaga, who had to play the entire second half with 10 men. Tottenham loanee Iago Falque broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a fine individual goal and a deflected effort by Anaitz Arbilla just a minute later doubled the hosts' advantage. Joaquin Larrivey sl...Full Story »

Valencia 5 : 0 Real Betis - Valencia pummel lowly Betis

Posted Sunday, February 09, 2014 by PA

Paco Alcacer scored twice as Valencia followed up their Nou Camp heroics by thrashing lowly Real Betis 5-0 at the Mestalla. Having beaten Barcelona in their last outing, Valencia began positively and took the lead after 41 minutes through a header by Jeremy Mathieu. Alcacer doubled Valencia's advantage on the stroke of half-time, and added his second in the 67th minute, soon after Sofiane Fegh...Full Story »

Real Sociedad vs Levante preview - Arrasate not thinking of Barca yet

Posted Sunday, February 09, 2014 by PA

Real Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate has insisted his team are 100 per cent focused on their league game with Levante and not their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg tie with Barcelona next Wednesday. The Basques have the opportunity to reach their first Cup final since 1988 on Wednesday, but must also respond to their 4-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid last Sunday, which meant they ceded ground to ...Full Story »

Real Valladolid vs Elche preview - Valladolid on a high

Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014 by PA

Real Valladolid head into a crucial match against Elche with a spring in their step having taken four points from their last two league games. A win over Villarreal and a goalless draw at Getafe mean Juan Ignacio Martinez's side have a fighting chance of avoiding relegation, now that they are two points from safety. The coach has explained the key to their mini-revival: learning from the mista...Full Story »

Sevilla vs Barcelona preview - Sevilla out to scupper Barca hopes

Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014 by PA

Sevilla are determined to strike another hammer blow to Barcelona's Primera Division title hopes when they take on the reigning champions on Sunday. Valencia pulled off arguably the shock of the season last week when they beat Barca at the Nou Camp to put a big dent in the Blaugrana's championship aspirations. The slip-up means league leaders Atletico Madrid could extend their league over Barc...Full Story »

Osasuna vs Getafe preview - Nino keen to aid Osasuna cause

Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014 by PA

Striker Nino is desperate to get back in to the action and help Osasuna find success on the field after recovering from an injury which almost spelled an end to his time at the club. The 33-year-old is back in training after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee and is hoping to get some game time at home to Getafe on Sunday. Nino was almost released by the Pri...Full Story »

MISFIRING MESSI STRUGGLES IN NEW ROLE - Messi Misery

Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014 by Marca.com

One of the biggest worries at Can Barça right now is Messi. The Argentine is a shadow of his former self and he has struggled for form since he returned from injury. He returned from Argentina after the Christmas holidays in great form and looked to be back at his best, scoring four goals against Getafe over both legs of Barça's last sixteen Spanish Cup tie against the Madrid side. ...Full Story »

Espanyol 1 : 0 Granada CF - Moreno fires Espanyol to victory

Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014 by PA

Hector Moreno's late header ended Espanyol's worrying winless run as they got back on track with a 1-0 victory over Granada in the Primera Division, despite playing for an hour with 10 men. Espanyol had been looking over their shoulders after four games without a win and endured another nervous night on Friday as Victor Alvarez's dismissal after half an hour put them on the back foot. But with...Full Story »

Bale to boost Madrid

Posted Friday, February 07, 2014 by PA

Gareth Bale will return for Real Madrid in Saturday's Primera Division clash with Villarreal at the Bernabeu. Coach Carlo Ancelotti announced that the Welshman would make his comeback from the calf injury he suffered against Granada in January, but the involvement of fellow forward Cristiano Ronaldo is up in the air. The hosts are looking to bounce back from the dropped points in the 1-1 agains...Full Story »

Ex-Barcelona assistant: Messi has lost his passion

Posted Friday, February 07, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Former Barcelona assistant coach Angel Cappa says Lionel Messi has lost his passion for soccer. The 67-year-old Argentine, who worked at Camp Nou under Cesar Luis Menotti in the 1980s, claims that his compatriot's performance in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to Valencia offers the clearest evidence yet that the Blaugrana No. 10 is in decline. “To play football you need boundless passion,...Full Story »

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