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  James Rodriguez scored a sensational goal as Real Madrid defeated Almeria 3-0 at the Bernabeu stadium. Two second-half goals including an own goal by Mauro dos Santos and a rare Alvaro Arbeloa strike, sealed the three points for Los Blancos, as they continue to keep pace with league leaders Barcelona. Carlo Ancelotti had the luxury of rotating some key players ahead of this weekend’s crucial tie against Sevilla. Jese Rodriguez, Asier Illaramendi and Fabio Coentrao were given rare starts, […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 29 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez scored a brace giving Real Madrid a crucial 2-4 victory away at Celta Vigo. Madrid went behind before Toni Kroos scored, and James Rodriguez was also on the scoresheet, in an intense game for Carlo Ancelotti’s shattered-looking side. May 11th 2014. Celta Vigo 2-0 Real Madrid. Ancelotti’s team had surrendered their hopes of winning La Liga. Eleven months later, Celta had set out to cause a similar upset. Starting with tremendous pace and intent, the home […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 27 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

The latest instalment of PSG vs Barcelona will take place tonight at Camp Nou; Barcelona will start as red-hot favourites following their 3-1 success in Paris last week. Luis Enrique’s men have one foot in the semi-final but will have to guard against complacency when coming up against this PSG side. Both sides go into the fixture on the back of good wins in their domestic leagues at the weekend, PSG won 3-1 on their visit to Nice, a double […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 21 - 2015 1 Comment READ FULL POST

  Los Blancos beat Malaga 3-1 on Saturday night, in what ended as a very bittersweet result. Gareth Bale suffered an injury one minute into the game, before Madrid talisman midfielder Luka Modric limped off in the second half. Goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo sealed three crucial points, but the injuries left the side in a deflated mood. A rather sluggish Madrid came out, knowing Barcelona had passed their Valencia test, so anything other than three […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 19 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Atleti hasnt won the 'Derby Madrileño' since 1999.

  Real Madrid left the Calderon stadium without a goal on Tuesday night, some would say it was down to Jan Oblak’s superhuman heroics in goal, but I believe we again witnessed the same thing which happened versus Barcelona – a serious lack of composure in front of goal. Carlo Ancelotti has a problem, his front three are bottling chances in big games. Against Barcelona – in what looks like a La Liga defining defeat – Madrid battered, bothered and […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 17 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Dani Alves is entering the final months of his career as a Barça player. His contract ends at the conclusion of the season. He is free to talk to other teams since January as he was hoping to stay with the Blaugrana. That might be different as of last week since both, the club and the player, differ on terms for a new deal. Either a compromise must be reached or this relationship will come to a sad end. Dani […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 14 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar There wasn’t a shock at the Bernabeu on Saturday as Real Madrid scored three to cruise past fourteenth placed Eibar. Having had his yellow card from the previous game rescinded, it meant Cristiano Ronaldo could start, and it was he who opened up the scoring with a rare free-kick. It was fairly all one way traffic in the Spanish capital, and even with Toni Kroos unavailable [suspension], the midfield looked capable enough to allow Madrid to […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 13 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

  Barcelona start their serious quest to win the Champions League as they go head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain for the third time this season. Both sides go into Wednesday’s first leg in very different moods. PSG picked up the French League Cup, beating Bastia 4-0 with doubles from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Meanwhile, Barcelona surrendered a two-goal advantage at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, drawing 2-2 with an on-form Sevilla side. When they met each other in the group stage […]

Posted by Jamie Currie On Apr - 13 - 2015 2 Comments READ FULL POST

For the second season in a row, Neymar’s form has been disappointing. Although last year’s dip was expected, this year’s slump is surprising. Last season, I discussed the difficult challenge that awaited Neymar during the second half of his debut season for Barça. History has shown us that most recent Barça transfers have sizzled in the first half of the season only to fizzle in the ensuing second half. Sadly, history repeated itself when Neymar joined the likes of Ibrahimovic […]

Posted by Ibrahim Ayyub On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored five times as Real Madrid ran riot at the Bernabeu against Granada, winning 9-1. Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Madrid, whilst Karim Benzema managed to score a brace amidst the Ronaldo show. Nineteenth placed Granada did manage a souvenir goal for their efforts. The game marked the return of James Rodriguez having missed nine games for Los Blancos, and Carlo Ancelotti slotted him straight into the starting line up as Isco was absent due […]

Posted by Muddassir Hussain On Apr - 6 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST
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